Discover places to go and things to do on your next camping holiday. Read our tips for making the most of your camping holiday in Europe. Find the best ice cream parlours, things to do with kids, haunted castles and more.

A champagne visit to Reims

‘Tis the season to drink champagne! And what better time to venture beyond the bubbles of this favourite festive tipple to visit Reims, deep in the heart of Champagne country… and well worth a visit.

The Champagne capital
Along with Épernay, Reims is the most important centre of Champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, including Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Tattinger and Pommery.

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Duinrell: a half-term hot spot

Ask any child what they like best thing about being at school and they are likely to reply “the holidays!” Ask any parent what they like least about their children’s school days and they might very possibly reply with the same answer. But the school holidays can be fun for all the family.

With October half-term descending upon many families in England, Wales and Scotland, the challenge of keeping the children entertained presents itself again. But this time of year should definitely not be overlooked for planning a getaway. It can be a great time to travel – prices are lower, the weather is still mild and a holiday can break up the sometimes drab British autumn and winter season.

A real half-term favourite with Canvas holidaymakers is Holland campsite Duinrell located a short walk from the pretty village of Wassenaar, and only 20 miles from Amsterdam. Duinrell is also quick and easy to get to, just 25 miles from Schiphol airport and 40 miles from Rotterdam ferry port, so if you only have time for a shorter break it’s the ideal destination for a family holiday.

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Off the beaten track – exploring Europe’s hidden gems

It’s pretty obvious why some places are holiday destinations. Spain offers a glorious combination of sunshine and sandy beaches, Rome is the hub of the ancient world’s greatest empire and Paris is a million different things to a million different people.

If the thought of holidaying in the busy hot spots of Europe fills you with dread, do not fret. There are still plenty of authentic destinations left to explore. Ever considered a holiday to Swiss Alps? How about the Black Forest? Read on to find out why you may want to rethink your next holiday.

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Top 5 historical attractions in the Vendée

The Vendée on the Atlantic coast of France is a great location for a family camping holiday with miles and miles of sandy beaches, marked footpaths and cycle tracks.But there are also some lovely historical sites to visit in the area, here are a few of our favourites:

The Abbey of Nieul sur l’Autise or Saint Vincent as it’s also known, was founded in 1068, and was granted royal status by Eleanor of Aquitaine (then Queen of France and mother of Richard I of England). The abbey is one of the few remaining monastic churches which still contain a church, cloisters and monastic buildings almost intact, and it houses the only remaining Romanesque quarter in France. During the high season months of July and August there are tours in period costume for children and music events every Friday.

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5 unusual French tourist attractions

If you’re after a camping holiday in France that’s slightly different from the usual French recipe of gourmet food and rolling vineyards, then take inspiration from some of these more unusual Gallic sites.

The Corkscrew Museum, Ménerbes

France is known for being one of the centres of the wine-producing world; however, were it not for the humble corkscrew then few of us could even attempt to open a bottle of the delectable French stuff. The trusty corkscrew is worthy of praise and Yves Rousset-Rouard has duly noted this fact and opened a museum to celebrate the invention of this trusty device. The museum is a must-visit and features over 1,500 different corkscrews, although the shop dedicated to all things corkscrew related is worth a visit on its own. After you’ve swotted up on how to open a bottle of wine, pop next door, to the Domaine de la Citadelle, for their free wine tasting sessions.

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