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Since the dawn of (Champing™) time we have hosted over five thousand happy champers in our hallowed havens. 

Their enthusiastic messages are left in visitor books up and down the land. Here are just a few:

Edelsborough

Three old uni friends with children meeting up for first time since the pandemic started. Beautiful building and setting. We managed the composting toilet. Had lovely evening meal in local pub The Swan. Enjoyed practising speaking from the pulpit-the speeches were great! A map of where everything was inside church would have helped and a couple more washing bowls. Would recommend mattress toppers for those who get a bit stiff. Youngest members of the party (5 and 7) loved the exploring and playing hide and seek.

Jessica Shepherd

We have just returned from

We have just returned from our first experience of champing, and had a great time. It was lovely to be at the heart of such a beautiful little town, next to the river, and the 13th century church is really special. We felt proud to be part of the contributory process to keeping the church open to the public.
The church is very beautiful, and we loved waking up to the light through the stained glass windows. The church was very peaceful too.  I would much rather Champ than hang out in a tent with no electricity! We took an electric cool box and a portable dvd player and had some lovely chill time in the church. Would highly recommend, also the George and Dragon pub with fabulous garden!

Mrs Rae Stephens

All Saints, Langport

We arrived at the church wondering whether we would regret our decision to champ, but those fears were totally gone within minutes. The church was stunning, the information pack was very helpful, and everything we could have needed was laid out for us to make our stay surprisingly comfortable.

We are now converts and will be champing round the country!

Oliver Black

My husband, Tom, and I

My husband, Tom, and I stayed overnight at St James Church in Cooling as part of our anniversary weekend. We’ve never champed before so didn’t quite know what to expect, but we were not disappointed. We had forgotten to bring an extra torch as recommended but there were plenty of portable lanterns and electric candles already provided. The fairy lights added a nice touch of coziness, along with the lawn chairs which provided more comfortable seating than the wooden pews! We were really glad that we brought extra fleece blankets in addition to our sleeping bags as the church got pretty chilly overnight (it was towards the end of Sept). Also glad that it didn’t rain, otherwise the late night trips to the toilet outside would have been rather soggy! St James is a lovely church with interesting historical information, and the pub down the road served up a nice cooked breakfast, which we had booked as part of our Champing stay.

Rebekah Hanson

We had an amazing birthday

We had an amazing birthday trip to All Saints in Langport, which is such a beautiful church set above the Somerset Levels. Langport had an cafe by the wharf and the Indian (Cardamom) was pretty lush as well. We loved staying overnight and waking up to the morning light coming through the stain glass windows in the South Chapel. It was also a novelty walking through the graveyard to go to the loo in our lovely champ loo!

Matthew and Sarah Seed

We spent 1 night as

We spent 1 night as a family of 4,including 2 very young children (under 5) in a beautiful but cold church. I am not complaining about the cold, but please be aware that it gets very cold and you need warm clothes! It was a beautiful experience and not even the cold could dampen our spirits! The little ones played the organ every time we where inside, run around and explored every little corner. Certainly an experience that needs to be lived!

Dan Aftene

Edlesborough, Bucks

Booked a one night stay to celebrate my 60th with five friends. Absolutely perfect! Yes the weather was stunning, which made for a wonderful picnic outside, admiring beautiful views and a late night walk through the surrounding wheat fields but regardless, the church was all I could have hoped for. Thirteenth century stonework, medieval carvings and tiles, Victorian painting, gorgeous stained glass. So much history to see and experience at close quarters. A fun-filled evening reading from the pulpit, singing with amazing acoustics and even a tune or two on the organ. Camp beds and chairs provided were of very high standard and hospitality tray greatly appreciated. The odd squeak of a bat and other night time noises added to the atmosphere. Couldn’t recommend more highly.

Janet Brewer

Wroxeter, St Andrew (Shropshire)

I rode my bicycle from Stafforrdshire to St Andrew Church in Wroxeter, Shropshire. April 2021. It was a great day to ride and an inspiring place to aim for up a few triicky hills.

It is truly a magnificent Church and a privilege to be a sleep-over guest.

I’ll definitely be going back and incorporating this and other Champing churches into future bicycle tours.

In fact, I’ve booked another one already in Warwickshire to check out!

As a cycling tourist to other cycling tourists I highly recommend this experience. It’s an unforgettable end to a day’s ride.

For everyone else it’s a wonderful place to sleep over and a peaceful and relaxing location.

Mark Collins

We spent a wonderful night

We spent a wonderful night champing in beautiful surroundings, our second champing experience and definitely not our last! Just a fantastic way to relax, spend time with family and contribute what little we can to the upkeep of these amazing churches. We love champing and will be back.

Anna Biddleston

We had a super night

We had a super night champing at St Leonard’s, Old Langho in a beautiful part of Lancashire. The church was completed in 1557 although parts of it are much older having been purloined from the nearby ruined Whalley Abbey. We loved the cosy atmosphere in the church with the twinkling lights and the plentiful tea and coffee – don’t forget to take your own milk though! The nearby pub was welcoming with some nice local beers but be warned – they don’t do food on a Monday! All in all an enjoyable experience.

Lorraine Groves

Beautiful church, the towers are

Beautiful church, the towers are amazing. Spent the night here champing, loved it. Very blessed to have been able to stay here. The church has a lovely peaceful atmosphere and listening to the bats was great. The champing people do a brilliant job, beds comfy, chairs and kettle brilliant, will certainly stay again.

N Stiles

We have had an amazing stay champing in this beautiful church

Exquisite windows, beautifully unusual church, the bats added to the experience. We have had an amazing stay champing in this beautiful church.

The Maskell Family

St Peter’s in Wolfhampcote

I stayed here for one night in September 2020 with my Mum (67) and nephew (11). It was my Mum’s first time Champing and she was nervous but loved it and will definitely do it again. The location was absolutely stunning, off the main road and through a gated pasture, you really felt like you had stepped back in time. It was so quiet and peaceful and we had a lovely evening. The facilities again were great, camping stove, water and plenty of hot drinks. The toilet is however outside, which was a little exciting, but it felt very safe and we had no problems at all. Would love to stay here again, maybe for a few nights next time!

Chloe Elston

We were luck to be

We were lucky to be staying on one of the hottest days of the year, and cycled 50 miles out to the church for an overnight stay. We had a very comfy night, which was intensely noise-less, and atmospheric., sleeping on a camp bed set up on top of tomb set into the floor… The church was fascinating and well maintained.

Graham McCann

The church was beautiful and

The church was beautiful and atmospheric. It’s a vigorous uphill walk, but through some wonderful landscape.

However, there was a problem with our stay, in that we had paid for sleeping bags, pillows, and pillow cases, but they were not laid out on our cots when we arrived, and although the day had been hot it was EXTREMELY cold in the church overnight. Eventually I found some pillows in a storage box in a side room, and two sleeping bags in a dark corner of a different room (no pillow cases turned up). Considering that we paid £25 each for these items, I was disappointed that they were not provided as we had been assured.

Natalie Zacek

We stayed for two nights

We stayed for two nights at All Saints in Langport and had a wonderful time. This is the second time we’ve been champing – we enjoyed it so much we booked another stay at a champing church this year. In fact, we’ve had such a good time we’re going to champ somewhere else at the end of this summer rather than wait until next year to do it again!

All Saints in Langport is a beautiful and peaceful church, with interesting architecture and history as well as lovely views across the countryside, and we felt lucky to be able to spend a couple of nights at the church, so that we could really get the opportunity to appreciate it and its surroundings.

The facilities were good – there was an ample supply of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water, and the toilet was clean. The camp beds were comfortable and we appreciated the pretty fairy lights. We all had a very good night’s sleep, even “hedgehog” who didn’t have a camp bed of his own!

Champing is a special and unique experience and it’s great to have this experience while knowing that not only are you having this special experience, you are helping to fund the preservation and upkeep of the wonderful and historic churches in the care of the CCT.

Jacqui Williams

Emborough

I stayed a Emborough in Somerset, with my dog, Captain. What a wonderfully unusual place to stay! Made all the more atmospheric by the heavy rain that fell during the night. The church itself is a pretty little place, and surprisingly quiet at night, with few creaks or other old-building sounds. I entertained myself by recording The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe in the evening, and made a little video of my stay – follow this link to see it! https://youtu.be/2OBy7OzlJ8Q

Andrew Cox

ALDWINCLE

We have had a lovely stay at Aldwincle, absolutely loved the area & the church. We had a two night stay here. It was fabulous. Our Champbot helped out with some local walks as they couldn’t leave maps because of COVID. Would definitely recommend. LOVED IT.

Louisa vines

I absolutely loved spending the

I absolutely loved spending the night in this gorgeous little Cumbrian number with four of my besties and a whippet! We found it really cosy (if not disappointingly unspooky) and we were really impressed with the facilities – great clean loos, tea/coffee and loads of useful crockery. Our Champbot showed up the second we arrived and was really friendly and helpful in getting us settled. We also loved the location – there’s a beautiful five mile walk around the dale (which can be cut in half) – it was incredibly peaceful and quite refreshing to be totally cut off from the outside world for a while. All in all, a comfy night, and we’d recommend this to anyone! #champingnotglamping #champingisforchamps

Lauren Perthen

This was so wonderfull. I

This was so wonderfull. I hoped, we could just be inspired to sing in the church before sleeping, but much more happened! My son (at home he is playing several instruments) fell in love with the organ. So we had the sound of the organ, our voices in this special and wonderfull athmosphair. We loved it!
Everything was fine! We are very impressed by the trust you set in foreigners, to behave… and I´m hoping, you will never have to regret, for we would so much love to champ again, when we will come to England another time.

Very beautifull show to the start of the night: Bats flew when dawn came.
Thank you so much!

Karin Aldenhövel