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25th March 2017

I have been feeling very restless since we got back from the awesome experience of the Arctic Adventure. The planning and preparations have been a big part of my life over the last few months, so it’s a bit strange now it is all over.

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17th March 2017

During the planning phase of the #ArcticAdventure, the conversation was understandably dominated by the most northerly point on our expedition map – Ivalo, Finland. The journey through the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was our caravanning version of scaling Mount Everest with Test World, Ivalo, being our summit.

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16th March 2017

The Arctic Circle might not be the obvious choice for a caravanning holiday but as we pulled into Ranua Zoo Camping - some 50-miles south of the Arctic ‘border’ and heavily laden with snow - it proved that a caravan doesn’t mind where you take it as long as it’s helping you chase your dreams.

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15th March 2017

Before the Bailey of Bristol ‘Arctic Adventure’, my ice road experience was limited to re-runs of Ice Road Truckers on the TV but our route to Ivalo, Finland gave us the opportunity to take to the ice with a caravan in tow.

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14th March 2017

The Test World proving ground 300km north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland had never had a caravan or motorhome on its test tracks before we rolled in 2,700 miles after starting our Arctic Adventure from its sister site, the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

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 13th March 2017

Contrasting.

Of all the words in the English dictionary, this one sums-up the roads between the UK and Tallinn, Estonia the best. Our route from Millbrook, Bedfordshire to the Eurotunnel took in the delights of the M25 but flashbacks of commuter ring-road hell were soon quashed thanks to Belgium’s empty roads.

9th March 2017

Day Seven - Wednesday 8th March - Kuopio to Ranua

Travelling to Ranua via an ice road in Oulu. Overnight at Ranua Zoo Camp, part of the Ranua Wildlife Park.

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7th March 2017

Day Five - Monday 6th March - Vilnius to Helsinki

Four capital cities in one day (Vilnius, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki), before settling for the night at Rastila Camping, Helsinki.

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5th March 2017

Day Three - Saturday 4th March - Berlin to Torun

A morning sightseeing in Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate. Making our way to Poland, staying the night in a campsite at Tourin.

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3rd March 2017

Day One - Thursday 2nd March - Millbrook to Brugge

Crossing the Channel via the Eurotunnel and staying overnight at Camping Klein Strand, on the outskirts of Brugge.

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1st March 2017

Planning a holiday, and then looking forward to it, is all part of the fun, right? Well, planning for the Arctic Adventure was even more fun than usual.

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28th February 2017

On Wednesday 2nd March, we kick off our ‘Arctic Adventure’, where we are taking two of our new 530-4 and 550-4 Pursuit caravans, as well as a top of the range Autograph motorhome 75-2, on an epic 5,000-mile journey through Europe, across the Arctic Circle, and back.

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27th February 2017

In a further demonstration of strength and durability, Bailey of Bristol is about to embark on another marathon product endurance test. This time the company, in association with The Caravan and Motorhome Club, will be taking two caravans (a Pursuit 530-4 and 550-4) and one motorhome (an Autograph 75-2) on an epic 5,000 mile journey to the Arctic Circle.

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23rd December 2016

The Arctic in mid-winter, not the sort of place for a wild camping holiday?  The Barbey family braved the icy temperatures and took to the open road on their adventure to the Arctic Circle.  Staying in the Approach Advance they explored Finland in a way not many others have…

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12th December 2017

It was like a military operation. The dining table was the Strategy Room, strewn with maps and road atlases. Operation Rovaniemi was charted. There was a tangible buzz of activity – finally this was getting off the ground but we needed to act fast and get our initial plans (made before we had a Bailey of Bristol motorhome to travel in) firmed up.

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23rd September 2016

Every pastime has a club and whether you’re into classic cars, cooking or caravanning, doing the meet & greet with likeminded folks is a simple and rewarding process. The same rule applies to owners of Bailey leisure vehicles- motorhomes or caravans – and thanks to The Bailey Owners’ Club, we spent the weekend at their biennial rally at Dyrham Park.

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9th September 2016

Thoughts of a summer holiday may automatically conjure images of a 2-week, pool-side package deal but can a caravan or motorhome offer an alternative to the all-inclusive deals? What’s more, if you’re considering a cross-channel caravanning trip, is it really a relaxing way to explore other countries?

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29th July 2016

The Media pack and Media Pack Plus are new factory fit options for the 2017 Autograph motorhome range. Created in conjunction with sound technicians, a project was undertaken by Bailey to find the correct positioning and products to best suit the interior features of the new Autograph range.

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22nd July 2017

Bailey of Bristol bring you 9 facts about the Autograph motorhome, from comfort and power to style and specifications.

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15th July 2016

Earlier this year we visited Si Cudlip & Faye Young in the stunning Austrian Alps and if you missed part one of their snowboarding story, here’s a brief recap...

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24th June 2016

The Matrix Fitness GP, also known as the Tour Series, is a series of criterium races around the UK in May and June. The series is on television as an evening highlights show so automatically it makes the racing go up a level.  

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10th June 2016

Performing at the top-end of any sport requires determination and energy levels of herculean proportions, but if you’re considering a foray into cycling, how much fitter are the front runners compared to someone who, at best, would be starting from the back of the pack?

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20th May 2016

Joining the dots between a bank heist, a social club, a caravan, a walking frame and a paintball gun may seem like an impossible task but there’s common theme neatly knitting this unlikely list together – justice.

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13th May 2016

The innovative Bailey Unicorn, Pegasus and Pursuit ranges, featuring award winning designs, offer you real benefits of ownership and a real reason to change. Here’s a list of just 10 of the reasons why you should upgrade your caravan this summer.

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6th May 2016

A couple of caravans ago, our new addition came with a motor mover and from that moment I’ve become so reliant on the humble mover that my first mission was to have one fitted. Our night in the Truma cold chamber also involved a factory tour and after chatting with the tech team, a Truma motor-mover was well worth the 360-mile round trip to get one fitted at their UK base.

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 29th April 2016

If you read the Bailey Blog or follow us on social media you may know about our involvement with an independent British film, Golden Years. If you haven't heard about our Unicorn Valencia's starting role in the heist film with a comedic core you can catch up by reading our posts Filming Golden Years and Golden Years Premiere.

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 22nd April 2016

The Golden Years Charity Film Premiere, in aid of the Born Free Foundation, was being held on Thursday 14th April and the film production company, Moli Films, asked Bailey if we could display the caravan outside the Odeon cinema on Tottenham Court Road in London and then move to outside the after party venue in Camden. 

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15th April 2016

How it all started…..

One grey Monday afternoon in January last year I received a phone call from a gentleman called John Miller introducing himself as a film director asking if he could borrow a caravan for a film he had co-written with Nick Knowles (DIY SOS). 

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 8th April 2016

If you didn't pick up a copy of our latest Bailey magazine at the Camping, Caravanning & Motorhome Show, the Bailey Blog has got the digital version for you to read. Our patented Alu-Tech bodyshell construction technology makes winter touring as pleasant and comfortable as exploring in summer. In this magazine we're focusing on touring with our leisure vehicles all year.

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 12th April 2016

Showing how our leisure vehicles are truly built for four seasons of touring, Bailey Snow Season has been running all winter. Testing our caravans further and for longer than ever before. Now the snow season is finishing for the year and the slopes will slowly start turning green we wanted to catch up with Faye & Simon to see what they made of their snowy winter in a Bailey Pegasus Brindisi.

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 8th March 2016

Part 1 of my #BaileySnowSeason blog dealt with last-minute dry slope lessons, YouTube tutorials, a 1000-mile trip to Austria and a warm and comfy Bailey motorhome where I could close the door on the terrifying prospect of propelling myself down a snow-covered mountain the following day.

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 1st March 2016

Having previously spent the night in a Bailey Pegasus despite an exterior, cold chamber-induced temperature of -15, the time was right to give Alu-Tech construction a thorough, real-world workout with a trip to Austria.

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 22nd February 2016

Roll up! Roll Up! It’s show time, by which we mean the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC this week, and we will have two special guests – the Bailey Snow Season snowboarding ambassadors, Faye Young and Simon Cudlip – flying in from their campsite in Austria to be on our stand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to answer any questions about using a caravan for a winter sports holiday in the snow, or holidays at any time of year.

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 1st February 2016

Scrolling through Facebook shortly after last-year’s school summer holidays, I spotted a post from a friend who was putting his caravan into storage once his kids had gone back to school. He figured the beginning of the new school year signalled the end of the caravanning calendar and after a spot of winterizing, his poor caravan would be put into hibernation until Easter.

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 8th January 2016

“There’s something so romantic about it”.  I’m in the pub after a post-Christmas round of golf and we’re discussing plans for 2016.  Everyone is under the age of 40 and we’re discussing motorhomes.