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

Their enthusiastic messages are left in visitor books up and down the land. Here are some submitted via the website:

Parish Church of St Mary, Longsleddale

We loved our first experience of Champing. Longsleddale is such a beautiful quiet valley, everyone we met was really friendly, and it was great to have the community hall and toilets just across the road. There was a lovely moment at around 6pm as the sun was setting over the valley, and it shone directly through the western window of St Mary’s – beautiful.

We had been well-briefed to expect the church to be cold overnight, but we’d wrapped up warm (and brought the dogs with us) and really enjoyed it. Lovely clear starry skies overhead, too.

Drew Savage

We arrived at St Mary’s

We arrived at St Mary’s Stansted Mountfichet last Saturday, to glorious sunshine. This was my Christmas present to my husband, Simon and although I was really excited he wasn’t sure what to expect. The church is set in what was once a beautiful estate – the main house is now a separate enterprise and can be glimpsed through the trees. The church and graveyard were so beautiful and peaceful. We let ourselves in and spent an hour just wandering amongst the wonderful tombs (we picked this church as it still has a lot of features inside it!) and reading the many inscriptions. The local village has a little bistro, which we walked to and enjoyed some live music and a glass of wine. We didn’t feel that we could sit on the churchyard bench in the sunshine and partake of a glass, as two ladies were tending a grave and it felt a little odd to be drinking, however later in the evening we returned and spent a very cosy night reading stories to each other with torches and enjoying the silence.
It was a brilliant experience, very well organised and a memory to treasure. No phones, television or distractions.

Clare and Simon Buck

Our third champ and another

Our third champ and another lovely experience. After a picnic in the churchyard and a stroll, we popped into the Horseshoe & Castle pub for a pint. Worth a visit for the interesting interior (great for taxidermy fans!) and chatted to the very friendly owner. We then settled in to the church to listen to recorded radio plays by electric lantern-light. Atmospheric and fun.
Then to bed in the surprisingly comfy camp beds and slept well. In a hot, hot August, the slightly cool church was perfect.
Packed up with light streaming through the stained glass and headed off to breakfast at the pub – and another great chat.
All in all, an excellent night’s escape from normal life.

Sarah Perrin

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

Stay At St James – Cooling

We had a brilliant stay at St James Church. All the communication to make our stay easy was great before hand, and on arrival everything was set up. We had an excellent night, and it was everything we thought it would be, and more. No scary antics, this time but definately an experience! We are well up for another champing session!!

Becky Glass

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

Very atmospheric and a whole

Very atmospheric and a whole load of fun for all the family! The Red Lion is perfectly located a few doors down the road and serve great food and drinks. I would highly recommend a night here!!

Richard Hope

What a wonderful place to

What a wonderful place to spend a night. Watched bats and hobby flying around, so peaceful and very special, waking up to the light through the beautiful windows. Love Champing x

The Arnolds

Wow! We didn’t know

Wow! We didn’t know what to expect but this was such a fantastic experience we will definitely visit again. Both of us had a peaceful and refreshing sleep. The church is beautiful and the hospitality of the lady who greeted us was great. Highly recommended.

Joanne Comben

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for such a lovely champing trip, we had such a lovely time in a beautiful location and beautiful peaceful church. Would highly recommend champing.

Corina jones

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

9 yogis for 1 nightYes

9 yogis for 1 night; thank you we loved it. On the hottest day of the year it was still cool inside. We all slept  well and they thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the dim drinking gin 🤣 Especially after the yoga and walking.
Definitely will be repeating.

Thank you. There’s lots of pics on

Nikki Austin

We went to Emborough for

We went to Emborough for my birthday and it was amazing, great church, beautiful scenery and wonderful breakfast in the farmhouse next door. We will definitely go Champing again.

Jo callaghan

Emborough & Langport, Somerset!

My friend & I stayed for 1 night at The Blessed Virgin Mary & 1 night at All Saints in Langport, both in Somerset, August 2020. My dog came with us, which was very much a deciding factor in booking somewhere to stay.

Night 1:
Emborough felt fairly remote, lovely & peaceful, next to a farm with some sheep & a B&B. But within a 10 min drive there were shops & a Domino’s Pizza where we got take away to eat at the church.

Just as we were settling down to bed 2 bats started flying around, which was a little unsettling but once we turned our big torch off they stayed up their end – or were silently flying around our heads as we slept, I don’t know! But if you’re scared of bats then this isn’t the Champing location for you!
And the beds were very squeaky so bring ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper.
There was a gas stove & kettle provided with tea, coffee, & hot choc. There was no milk provided but fortunately we’d brought our own.

The next day we drove to the beautiful Cheddar Gorge, which was 20min drive away & then to Glastonbury for a wander around.

Night 2:

All Saints in Langport. When we got there we couldn’t believe we got to have this huge church all to ourselves! The stained glass windows were stunning.

We much preferred this church as it was more modern – & the beds were much more comfortable & didn’t squeak!
There was a table with tea, coffee, hot chocolate & milk laid out nicely for us. This time there was an electric kettle.

We had a lovely dinner at The Firehouse pub, just a 5min drive away.

The view of the stars from the churchyard was amazing & although it rained outside we were quite cosy inside.

The next day we drove down to Lyme Regis, about a 40min drive.

The lanterns in both of the churches were okay for mood lighting, but I’d definitely recommend taking your bright lantern/torch for finding you way around in the dark – especially to the outside loo, (as the lights in either of loos weren’t working) Both loos were very clean.

Image attached is my view of the stained glass windows from my bed in the morning.

Jenni Bea

St Andrews Shropshire

I took my husband as a surprise.
His initial response on arrival was “we aren’t staying in there are we? Spooky…” but once we were in and put the twinkly lights on he agreed it was really amazing and mad at at same time. But such an amazing way to keep these historic buildings alive. We loved using the leaflet to find all the ancient artefacts in the church. It was incredibly peaceful and we were snug in our duvet wool blankets and thermals… if anything we were too hot with our dogs in the mix. For hundreds of years churches were sanctuaries and places of refuge. It felt like the church took us in and kept us safe for the night. And if it was spooky it was only the ghosts keeping watch over us.


I just want to say

I just want to say we very much enjoyed our night in St Peters Sandwick on Orkney and wish to thank the team. It was all easy to figure out ,the stove etc and we appreciated having fresh milk and shortbread. The church was beautiful, its simplicity and how the conservation work preserved the original features. A marvellous experience .Thanks

Sue and Colin Ingram

St Laurence – Hilmarton (Wiltshire)

Really enjoyable and unique experience in a beautiful church. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival and really wish we could have stayed more than one night. Our 3 year old really enjoyed it (particularly the toys in the church :)), was sad to leave and really wants to do it again!

Chris, Bryony and Jacob (Sheffield)

St Mary the Virgin, Stansted Mountfitchen

What an interesting place to spend a night, highly recommended. You are advised to wrap up warm and that is so true even when the weather is very warm.

Peter Wilson

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 Mary’s Longsleddale Cumbria

Second time trying champing and we loved it! The church was cozy and the perfect cool temperature inside for a hot summer’s day. We loved sitting in the church yard in the evening overlooking the farm; it was so peaceful and calm. Our dog enjoyed watching the sheep (from a distance), too! The public toilets were just a minute’s walk away and exceptionally clean and well-lit (automatic lights came on at night) – they felt safe to use at night. It was nice to have access to the community hall – we only made use of the refrigerator and sink but it was nice to know we had access to hot water and cooking facility if needed. The only thing I’d change is that I found the camp beds to be a bit uncomfortable, but I suppose that’s how it is when you’re camping! Great peaceful experience and we will be back again.