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Ditch the telly and walk!

We haven’t banned television on our Education By Astonishment motorhome camping travels – we just don’t have one!

Hurst Blog 3We don’t have one back at our Devon house either, though our two little boys do watch some of their favourite children’s programmes on our iPad when on lengthy trips in our Swift Escape, and we all watch the occasional YouTube clip to set up a planned excursion, but that’s about it.

By not exercising this lazy addiction, nobody misses it. Not one bit. Never has one of boys said as much as: “Can I watch TV instead of swimming/walking/discovering/seeing a castle/beach/forest…”

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We’re the Hurst family: that’s me David; my wife Debs and our two brilliant boys Daniel and Darley, aged five and three, plus Colin Dog (a dynamic collie!) – and we love being outdoors and travelling.

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Carl Fogarty backs Freedom to Go campaign

Carl Fogarty

Carl Fogarty

I’ve been a biker since 1996. So you can imagine that I was just a little over-excited by the invitation from the Freedom to Go campaign to interview their newest supporter. Opportunities to talk to World Superbike legend and King of the Jungle Carl Fogarty don’t get handed out with the cornflakes!

The Freedom to Go campaign, backed by the Club, aims to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy exploring the UK in a caravan or motorhome. Carl is the latest sports star to give his support to the campaign.

The four-time world champion’s own introduction to caravanning was a baptism of fire. “You had to camp out at the race track wherever you were racing,” Foggy (as he’s known to fans) explained. “Back in 1985 I pitched up at Cadwell Park, went into town for a Chinese and came back to a smouldering little heap on the floor. A battery had shorted out and burnt my caravan down – and my leathers and helmet were in it!”

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I’m Sheila, the Club Reporter. I love getting out and about with my three-legged dog Shakey, meeting Club members and bringing stories back for the magazine.

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Lincolnshire poachers and Yorkshire pinchers!

Ted at Heath Farm

Ted at Heath Farm

Heath Farm Caravan Site is a picturesque retreat just off the A17 near Sleaford in the hamlet of North Rauceby. It’s easy to find from the main road as it’s also the home of the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and there are brown tourism signs to this free attraction en route.

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Heath Farm sign

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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