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Don’t lock your caravan up this winter

For many, caravanning may seem like an activity that’s restricted by the seasons. After all, it’s all about embracing outdoor life, barbeques, long hikes and fishing. So surely when the cold winter months come round, it’s time to lock up your caravan, make sure it’s covered for protection and begin planning for next years’ summer adventures. After all, surely there’s no fun in staying on a frozen caravan site?

Well if that’s your attitude then think again! Caravanning is only ever limited by your sense of adventure – not the months of year you can go away in your caravan.

Imagine waking up on a delightful winter morning, frost glistening across the campsite, or wandering across deserted fields in search of a local pub with a roaring log fire.

Winter caravanning is not everyone’s cup of tea, but with caravan insulation and heating improving many caravan sites are now geared up for all year round camping.

If you prepare your caravan properly for the winter months, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t sleep in it 365 nights a year. The Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in Hampshire’s New Forest National Park, is open all year round. The site offers 5-star luxury woodland lodges as well as caravan pitches and a vast range of activities from clay pigeon shooting to horse riding.

Winter in the UK doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop, many fun-fuelled festivals and events still continue through the colder months – and what better excuse to visit than to caravan?

The Jorvik Viking Festival in York celebrates the city’s historic Norse past, and will take place 16-24 February next year. The annual festival sees hundreds of armour-clad Vikings descend onto the city for events such as, live music, storytelling, arts and crafts and battle re-enactments.

The Willow Caravan Park is also open all year round and provides an ideal place to staying during the festival, based just three miles away.

Looking for the ultimate winter getaway? Why not try the Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park near Bishop Sutton, it’s open all year round and provides the perfect retreat for those looking to visit Bath’s Christmas market. The market runs from 22 November – 9 December with 129 wooden chalets offering everything from handmade gifts to clothes, and of course delicious food and mulled wine available.

Why not take your caravan out over the winter? You’ll soon discover it can be just as much fun as the summer months.