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Since the dawn of (Champing™) time we have hosted over a 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:

Aldwincle, Northants

We stayed here in August 2020 for one night, our second experience Champing. Again, we were impressed by the whole arrangement, everything was exactly where it was supposed to be, plenty of coffee and water and the toilet facilities were inside and great. The church itself was easy to find, beautiful and old with a sense of peace and serenity. There were a couple of ‘cold spots’ as the night progressed and we have a lovely rainstorm outside which made the inside feel like a sanctuary. Would totally stay in the Church again and will definitely Champ more! Highly recommend this whole experience.

Chloe Elston

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

Aldwincle

We stayed here for one night in mid September. This was our first experience of champing and we loved it. It was very peaceful and we slept well. We’d brought sleeping bags and extra blankets so we were very cosy and warm. All the basics needed to make a hot drink are provided – just remember to bring milk. Aldwincle is a lovely village and there are interesting walks around the nearby nature reserve. We recommend champing and we’re already looking forward to our next time at a different venue.

Karen Baxter

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 Andrew’s, Wroxeter

We had a wonderful first champing experience. We had everything we needed, included a dry toilet and hand sanitisers of course. Plenty of water, tea and coffee.

The beds were set out for us. We put our inflatable matress on top, and it was very comfy. I got a little cold during the night – my own fault as previous champers had warned me to take more blankets than I thought I would need! Husband was fine though.

The church takes in a whole different atmosphere at night, lit up by the ‘candles’. I did wonder if we’d hear any strange sounds(!) I needn’t have worried though as we literally didn’t hear a pin drop! It was so peaceful.

I never ever thought I’d have the chance to stay overnight in any church, never mind such a historical and interesting one. It was amazing to watch the sun set in the churchyard all by ourselves, and to see the morning light hit the top East window before any other.

We had no problem parking at the hotel next door, and went to the hotel’s Woodland Cafe (a tepee with an open fire !) next morning for a lovely cooked breakfast.

There is plenty to see nearby too including a Roman fort just down the road ( its run by English Heritage and you need to pre-book). We also visited other churches and ruined abbeys whilst we were in the area.

We couldn’t find the current visitors book to sign, but enjoyed reading the comments made in the previous ones dating back 35 years!

We are already planning our next champ 😃

Beverley Barsby

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

A perfect way to spend a weekend

Living in the West Midlands I wanted to find the most secluded and quiet place to have a camping weekend away from home. This was my second Champing trip i have taken, the first this year, the Church that looked like it ticked all of the boxes was St Marys, in Emborough in Somerset. This beautiful Medieval Church next to the Mendip Hills was a fantastic way to unwind. The only sounds you could hear was the sound of the local wildlife and farm traffic.

Well worth another visit! I am already looking at places to go for my 3rd stay over next year, I can’t wait

Adam Freeman

Wroxeter

A fabulous evening, and overnight, stay at this beautiful Church in Wroxeter. So much “history” to absorb, from the Roman stone used in the font and gateway to the churchyard onwards …

A big recommend.

Lesley McAllister

My husband and I are

My husband and I are working our way through a book called “Eight Dates”, which has eight suggestions for dates and conversations for couples to go on to help their relationship. We went champing for the date about growth and spirituality, as we thought a church would be a perfect location for it. The church was beautiful and very peaceful, as was the location in a lovely Lake District valley. It was also helpful to be able to cook our own food in the community hall kitchen just opposite. We would definitely recommend champing here.

Elizabeth Holmes

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

Champing with canine companion. Cosy

Champing with canine companion. Cosy under covers. No creepy creaking. Imagining centuries of congregations and communities collecting here before God since 1765 Champing is creative conservation of churches. Crazy, cool, cathartic, calming, commended.

We loved it! A unique little adventure. Great area for walkies. Pub next door (doesn’t do food) Ate well at White Lion in Delph & Albion farm shop café. Thank you!

Fiona Walton

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

Alison, my wife, and I

Alison, my wife, and I had a wonderful time at St Michael’s, Booton… a handy mile and a half from the small Norfolk town of Reepham. This was our first night champing, but certainly not our last (we’re already thinking of Cooling in Kent – not least because Great Expectations is my favourite novel of all). Even alone in the church, our twin camp beds laid out in the middle of the empty nave, it was warm and cosy – at least at the beginning of September. And the sunshine pouring through the stained glass as dawn broke was beautiful. Pub supper a short hike away. Lovely countryside. Quirky Victorian church architecture. What’s not too like?! To the unseen hands of Booton who set everything out for us – thank you!!

Ed Cairns

We had a fantastic time

We had a fantastic time champing. The church, St Andrew’s in Wroxeter, is beautiful and we had everything we needed. We spent hours exploring every detail and playing hide and seek in the pews. Our four year old adored the fake candles. It was a perfect break and we’ll definitely do it again in another church. Thank you!

Karen Waslin

We have just returned from

We have just returned from our first ever champing stay at Warminghurst (2 adults and one dog) Warminghurst is a lovely light and peaceful church full of interesting features. It was well set up upon our arrival with everything we needed for our nights stay. We were pleasantly surprised with the separate tea making area in the north vestry and the inside toilet in the south vestry – all very comfortable and convenient! I was pleased with the location as there are good dog walks across the fields from just outside the church! Highlights of the stay were standing in the churchyard looking at the starry sky and then waking up in the morning to the sun streaming through the east window. I really didn’t want to leave as the church felt so welcoming and ‘homely’. We will definitely be returning.

carol crone

We stayed at Booton for

We stayed at Booton for a night and the children couldn’t believe the space and that it was all ours! The champbots had left a good selection of hot drinks for us and plenty of cushions and blankets. The usually coloured windows shining white at dawn were amazing. In the morning some tourists wandered in as we were packing the car, so we told them about champing while tidying up. Overall the experience was unique.

J Bradley

Thanks for our first champing

Thanks for our first champing experience. We had a great time, we loved “owning” the key which was like something for a Manor House! The instructions were really useful and well written (very funny!)

If you’re reading this and thinking of booking a stay…. just do it!

Nicole Brown

A really beautiful church with

A really beautiful church with some spectacular stain glass windows. This was my third champing experience and this was the biggest church so far and the only one to be in a town. As usual, the champing team had organised everything for our arrival, and my grandson was thrilled with his champing set, he had great fun exploring the church trying to find all the items in his book. A really lovely family experience! Thank you.

Sarah Pretorius

What a fantastic experience champing

What a fantastic experience champing at the amazing All Saints Church in Langport. Can’t recommend it enough to anyone. There were 8 of us including two little ones (7 and 8) as well as 2 plus 70 year old and everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed our totally unique and memorable stay. Beautiful church to explore, epic games of hide and seek, grand re-enactments of favourite speeches and joke telling from the magnificent pulpit, judge and jury role play fun, mini disco, singing , dancing and hilarious flash mobs. For our first experience with kids it was perfect that there was lighting and a kettle and the lovely home comforts of pillows, blankets and tea and coffee. The children loved finding the massive old key, and the first reaction of entering this grand, amazing building and then seeing our cosy beds and twinkly lights was priceless. Truly something us adults will never forget and I’m sure will be one of the kids lasting incredible memories if you get the chance do it!

Kerri martin

It was our third Champing

This was our third Champing adventure, my husband, myself and our dog thoroughly enjoyed our stay at St Thomas’ in Delph on Saddleworth Moor. We were not disappointed , the church was nicely set out with our things for the night, tea, coffee, games, chairs etc. We all loved exploring, the only shame was the shocking weather !

Alison Geldard

Last night we had our

Last night we had our first champing experience and we were very happy Champers. (2 adults, 3 children 8,7,5 and our dog)
From the moment we saw the church it felt like an adventure but letting ourselves and seeing our home for the night was something else!
The church had been set up lovely for our use with the 5 chairs and cushions around a table full of candles and lanterns. The campbeds cosily nestled away. The children quickly claimed their beds and set out their things. Strings of fairy lights also set out which made a lovely atmosphere once the dark started setting in. It felt like everything had been thought of.
We had an explore of our surroundings and the church was atmospheric, it quite simply blew us away and we all couldn’t believe it was ours for the night.
We had a very peaceful and comfortable evening. We all woke at around 3am. So we decided to make the most of it. The children had a little game of hide and seek. Used their torches to find “ghosts” and had some middle of the night snacks.
This has got to be one of the most unusual things we have done. The children and ourselves have made some amazing memories. We would like to thank everyone who makes this possible. Especially those who set the church up for our use, you did it beautifully.
We are definitely going to be champing again next year.

Katie Hughes

Enjoyed very much the stay

Enjoyed very much the stay for one night with a friend, at St Katherine’s – a delightful little church, well maintained and cared for.

Comfy camp beds left out for us, and cosy seating area upstairs. Inside loo. Candles and lanterns, tea, coffee, kettle provided. Excellent pub 5 minutes walk away. Lovely countryside.

Would definitely like to Champ again.

Thank you! KC

Kiki Connor

Magical night spent in the

Magical night spent in the wonderful church in Booton, Norfolk complete with bats flying overhead whilst we slept. Brilliant breakfast down the road at the Dial House in Reepham too. Can’t wait to do it again in one of the other churches!

Mikee Parker

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

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

Wonderful night in a church

Wonderful night in a church which I’ve often passed but never visited – so quiet, peaceful and atmospheric.

 

Edward Dutton

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

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

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 www.facebook.com/TheYogaEwok

Nikki Austin

We had our first champing

We had our first champing experience recently and what an experience it was! On arrival, we easily found the key from the instructions given and let ourselves into the church. There, we found our beds and all the bits we’d need. Help was only a phone call away when we had a couple of questions – they were quickly answered. We had a great evening exploring, picnicking and enjoying the peace and serenity. I slept better than I thought I would (definitely heed the advice to bring warm clothes!) and loved waking up to the light coming through the stained glass windows.

A very special experience that I know we’ll be talking about for a long time to come.

Gillian Light

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

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

Our first Champing trip as

Our first Champing trip as a family of four plus two dogs. It was a surprise for the children ages 10years and 12years. We found booking easy and getting the email and details were very clear. I contacted our chambot ‘Lynda’ who was really helpful as we had to leave early in the morning for an appointment. The church was great and very interesting, we all loved how it was set up and the nice letter from Lynda. She also told us where the Dog bin was at the end of the lane and we found another when we took a walk through a footpath from the church car park which lead towards the town. Here we found a pub that had a small garden ideal for our dogs as it was quiet. After getting a take-away we walked the same route back and sat on a bench to eat before heading back to the church. We had an evening game of scrabble which we had bought with us. When it was dark the children enjoyed a game of hide and seek. My daughter had a hot chocolate provided and then we tucked ourselves up for the night. None of us had any problems with the dry toilet! In the morning it was a quick coffee, dog walk and pack away.

Julie Church

Three of us (girls’ champ!)

Three of us (girls’ champ!) stayed at Church of the Holy Sepulchre in West Sussex last week and it was great fun. All the basic amenities were there, it was spotlessly clean and it just had a lovely aura. (Even if our husbands kept texting us asking about ghosts!) Would sincerely recommend ‘champing’ and at the same time helping to protect our beautiful historic churches.

Valerie Humphrey

We had a lovely stay

We had a lovely stay in this beautiful church which was calm and peaceful (and not spooky at all). We were woken by sunlight filtering through the windows in the morning and the views in the churchyard over the countryside were glorious. As others have said the Champbots had thought of everything and the loo was great, as promised! Nice pub called the White Lion at Thakeham for supper. Give it a go!

Sue Wilkinson

We had a lovely stay

We had a lovely stay at St Mary’s, Longsleddale. What a lovely valley! We just stayed on our way north, but would love to come back for a longer stay. Locals very welcoming too. Thank you.

Sophia Gallia

Such a Wonderful Stay in

Such a Wonderful Stay in Alwincle!
The church was just beautiful, slightly smaller than other ones we had stayed in which I liked (there were only 2 of us). We stayed in July so the church wasn’t too cold. The toilet is inside the church which is nice. There is no running water but there is drinking water and a kettle provided so its not a problem.
I would really recommend the farmers breakfast, it was delicious & a real treat having breakfast brought to us!
The only thing that would have made it better is if there were some information about the church, it seems a shame to stay in it and not know more about the history.

Emma Cooper

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

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

Our first champing experience was

Our first champing experience was an exciting and eventful one.
The church was amazing. Pretty and very decorative. It was all well set out with beds and chairs and pretty battery candles.
At night the church was lit up outside making it more mystical. When the lights went out the lightening started.
The loo was great and the church was well equipped.
It was in all a great experience and lovely to spend a night in such an iconic building with so much history.

Rachael Raine

We spent 2 nights in

We spent 2 nights in St Cuthbert’s Church in Herefordshire and loved it. It’s a beautiful church with stained glass windows, effigies and lots of history, and in a rural setting. The Champing team had provided everything that they had promised – and as second-time champers, we knew what we needed to take. Will definitely do this again!

Sarah Pretorius

My second time Champing at

My second time Champing at St Mary’s in Fordwich, this time with a friend. Such a beautiful little church, so historic. Beautiful little town right by the river. Not so cold this time. We were hoping for ghosts; nothing happened except many times, in the middle of the night, a strange dragging/scraping noise heard could be heard outside. Too scared (and cold) to investigate. We are hoping to stay again next year and, if it happens, we will check it out! (I think). Only quibble was the water machine wouldn’t work so we had to improvise with one of the giant water bottles. Also, not clear enough instructions in the loo. Not as many fake candles as last time, shame as it was so pretty. ( hope people haven’t been pinching them, we noticed some womble had actually tried to light one! Seriously?) . I would seriously love to tidy the graveyard a little. Lovely wild flowers but a little too overgrown and tatty in places. Anyway, beautiful place, will go again.

Terri Julians

We had a lovely time

We had a lovely time at St James, Cooling. The church was interesting to look around and at night we had great views across the countryside enhanced by a harvest moon. The camp beds were comfortable and we had everything we needed. The church was in a great spot for visiting Chatham Dockyard and Rochester.

Jacqui Williams

A surprise for kids as

A surprise for kids as we pulled up outside the St Mary at Mountfitchet. Not sure if they actually believed us when we said we were sleeping inside as they didn’t get out of the car straight away. We had been given lots of info from our campbot and inside it was already for us. We just had to walk our dogs and then bring in our sleeping gear. We then went for a walk through the footpath and ended in the town where we found a pub to have a drink in the garden and bought a take-away which we were able to eat on the way back. The children enjoyed a game of scrabble with us in the church and when it was dark hide and seek was their chosen activity. We had a good nights sleep and in the morning we all had a walk around the church reading the inscriptions. We really did have an enjoyable time and would do it again. Thanks to our campbot.

Julie church

Beautiful church in a stunning

Beautiful church in a stunning location. Ideal spot for walking and hiking. Having the community hall and toilets close by was great. All of the facilities were clean. Would have been nice to have met and spoken to someone in person, however the instructions left were easy to follow. We spent the night eating pizza and watching Ghostbusters. Would love to visit all the other champing spots on my travels.

Claire Faulkner

What a unique and fantastic

What a unique and fantastic experience! St Cuthbert’s is atmospheric and has lots of interesting monuments and historical details that we enjoyed finding. Everything you needed was provided, though i’m glad i bought hot water bottles as it was a bit parky! Spooked myself a bit. Got spooked by cows when visiting the swanky loo at 4am and spooked again by a rogue bat, but that’s all part of the fun! Having a cuppa watching the sun rise and the mist rolling up off the river was utterly charming. Can’t wait to Champ again!

Pat wïlls

My friend and I had

My friend and I had a fantastic time staying at Heights Church, St. Thomas Old Church near Delph! The church I a beautiful building in a wonderful setting. Inside, the facilities were nice and clean. We spoke to Champbot Leon who was very helpful. We also went in The Royal Oak Inn which is opposite the church, a few times. The people in there were extremely friendly and very helpful 🙂

Natalie clifton

We are a couple that

We are a couple that travelled from California, USA to elope in the UK. On our last day in the UK I surprised my unsuspecting new husband with a night champing in All Saints Church in Langport. Boy was he surprised and extremely excited! He kept mentioning how his new wife is the BEST!!!
The champ bots had 2 bottles of prosecco waiting for us which we promptly finished off and explored the church and grounds.
The loo was very clean, albeit slightly creepy to walk to at night through the graveyard while it rained…but that’s what strong protective husbands are for, right?!?!
Our sleeping bags and cots were quite warm and comfortable. We slept soundly.
All Saints Church was great because it has electricity (if the flameless candles and fairy lights aren’t enough) hot/cold water dispenser, and is in town so you’re not completely secluded in the event you needed emergency supplies or just don’t fancy being too far away from civilization.
A hot water kettle, tea and coffee were provided as well as breakfast at the Kitchen at the Wharf Cafe. Delicious and friendly service.
In summary, would we stay again? Heck yeah we would in a heart beat! It was one of the best experiences to end our wedding week. The next time we’re in the UK, we’ll definately book another champing church stay.
Thank you Churches Conservation Trust, you all are doing a great job!
Chiola & Eric Turley

CHIOLA DAVIS

One night at a church

One night at a church in Old Langho….just the two of us and a gorgeous church..very well equipped with a kettle, mugs, wine glasses and very sturdy camp beds (very comfy too) together with games, fairy lights and LED candles. Perfect stay, very atmospheric in a church dating back to 1557…Will definitely go on champing!

Sanna-Maija Deft

Had a great stay in

Had a great stay in warminghurst, such a lovely church, in beautiful surroundings, quiet, peaceful, & relaxing & gr8 for walks, after dark we could hear the owl, had a visit from the church mouse, & the resident bats! Had a lovely walk b4 our fantastic breakfast at the nursery, a gr8 time had & looking forward to the next one.

liz stone

My stay at St Andrew’s

My stay at St Andrew’s Chruch in Wroxeter (Shrewsbury) wasn’t my first visit. I visited for the first time in 2016 on a field trip as part of my Master’s course and was enchanted by the beautiful village and surrounding’s – not many Medieval churches’ can boast a Roman city next door (you can see it from the Church!). We brought our dog along on the camping trip, and she enjoyed it. Once we had settled in the Church we went for a walk around the village, the most quietest village i am sure in Shropshire! Blackberries were picked and once we got back we made jam – a permanent tribute to our great trip. Great facilities on site, with a kettle, candles, spare sleeping blankets and toiletries.
I would recommend the Church and the trip to anyone – although with no shops nearby, be prepared when you arrive as it is one of the more out of the way Churches.

Adam Freeman

We were absolutely amazed to

We were absolutely amazed to see the stunning church, the architecture and craftmanship of the building, how wonderful.
We loved watching the bats at night.
We would loved to have met someone, to meet us at the venue and welcome us.
Also, maybe a “brown ” sign along the road so travellers would know they were on the right road might be helpful.
We loved the experience, our second Champ, and will be Champing again next year.

Alison Geldard

Needless to say this was

Needless to say this was a wonderful experience. St Mary’s Church dates back from the 13th century but it is clear people take care of this magnificent
hidden gem on the hill near Edlesborough.

When we opened the doors and saw the place for the first time, it immediately took our breath away. Unique. The colourful church stained glass, the relics, the antique wooden church pews, the altar…one of a kind.

After sundown it all becomes even more magical. When the traffic starts decreasing and Edlesborough falls asleep, we lit the candles, dressed up for the occasion and played the unique pipe organ.

Even though we stayed for one night only, this is definitely one of those nights to remember. And to cherish. Apart from the splendid atmosphere, everything you need is foreseen (coffee, water boiler, sipwell, glasses,….). There’s an outhouse at the north side of the church. Hats off. It was superclean and comfortable.

We’ll be back.

Vital Schippers

Dear Champing, This is my

Dear Champing,
This is my second year champing. What I love about this adventure is that it’s the anti-tourist experience of England. Instead of scurrying from one site to another (elbowing other tourists out of the way), this provides a chance to just sit, and take in a wealth of history in an intimate setting. I have a hard time leaving those sites, consequently.

I’m telling all my friends about this experience, including the English who are completely unaware, yet interested in this wonderful option in their country. (I’m from the US.)

Our ChampBot, Kay, provided a wonderful “tell-everyone-back-home-about-it” breakfast and great conversation. It made our stay. Kay’s hospitality is especially worth promoting on the site. Also, her dogs were fantastic.

It would be worth communicating that although the site is accessible via bus, the country roads aren’t quite conducive to travellers arriving on foot. The steady stream of large farm equipment dodged us easily on the roads without shoulders. However, if someone didn’t check the Google Maps street view ahead of time (especially if they’re unfamiliar with English roads), they may be in for a shock, especially if they try to pack in rolling suitcases instead of backpacks.

There also seemed to be a communication gap between our host and the Champing organisation. She was expecting us to arrive via car. We stumbled upon each other by mistake. It worked out, but there were a few moments of panic on the traveler end, looking for an absent picnic basket of food, unsure of where to get the food.

Also, for the sake of polite travellers who aren’t used to Champing, it would be useful to unfurl the the sleeping bags on the cots, instead of leaving them in a duffle bag. If I hadn’t Champed before, and knew that I should forage around for the supplies, I wouldn’t have touched the duffle bag, thinking it was someone’s private property.

Thank you for a lovely stay! I’ll do this again.

Best, Amy Neises

Amy Neises

Stayed at Parish Church of

Stayed at Parish Church of St Mary’s, Longsleddale, in August. So peaceful! The locals are warm, welcoming, friendly, chatty folk with helpful information and sweet doggy companions! There are many places to walk and see. The church itself is COLD! Being August, we weren’t quite prepared for HOW chilly it might get. But we loved it nonetheless! Having the use of the Community Hall across the street was priceless! Warm (electric heaters on the walls), welcoming, and complete with kitchen facilities! We loved drinking our coffees and watching the sheep’s “daily commute” between fields. Definitely recommend this experience! But please remember to bring lots and lots and lots of blankets! 🙂

Evelyn White

Charming little church. Key for

Charming little church. Key for entry was difficult to find.
Not clear, that you can park on the terrain of the neighbouring farmer. Also, that the toilet was located there. But altogehter a nice stay in a quiet atmosphere.

Hans van Proosdij

We stayed at St. Mary

We stayed at St. Mary the Virgin for one night as part of a longer trip to Kent. It was a great experience. The booking process was very straight-forward. On arrival the church itself was lovely and all ready for us (thumbs up to the Champbot). We had a slight issue with the keys but a lovely volunteer got us sorted in no time at all. After a peaceful night’s sleep we spent the next day exploring the lovely town of Fordwich.

If you’re thinking about Champing then I’d thoroughly recommend it – it’s great to be doing to be doing something different and supporting a worthy charity at the same time.

If you’re stuck on locations then Fordwich really is good – the George and Dragon is a great pub and it’s easy walking distance to a decent sized shop and station in Sturry.

Christopher Hunt

We very much enjoyed our

We very much enjoyed our night at St Michael the Archangel in Booton – what an amazing place to spend the night. It’s cathedral-like, inside and out, and by far the largest ‘hotel room’ I’d ever stayed in. The Champbots did a fabulous job preparing it beautifully for our arrival – we were amazed to see it all set up and ready to go from early in the day. It had everything my partner, her daughter and I would need for a fun evening and night; we were surprised just how much was provided, too many convenient supplies even to mention here. We even got to have a go on the church organ during our stay, although not particularly tunefully. Reepham was a short drive away and Diane’s Pantry is recommended as a small friendly café/deli, and a perfectly suitable daytime alternative to Dial House. We enhanced our experience at Booton by taking in a small PA and pumping out a church-themed playlist including tunes from the likes of Duran Duran, Hozier and Madonna (without any fear of annoying the neighbours 😉 Our disco lights illuminated the ancient walls as darkness fell. Emma made a den on the rug while Lisa and I enjoyed a glass of wine, soaking up the atmosphere. The outside toilet was super clean and no problem to use, even when visited in the dark and spooky small hours. It was cold – there was no getting away from it – but we took a good number of duvets and made full use of the six hot water bottles provided. It was a pleasure to wake up on a beautiful blue-sky Norfolk morning having been watched over by the angels. And the best bit…? While we were enjoying the late evening calm of the church, illuminated only by a single lantern, I asked my gorgeous lady Lisa to be my wife – and she said yes! Our Champing Engagement! 🙂

Phil Hadley

We recently stayed 1 night

We recently stayed 1 night at St. James’ Church in Cooling Kent and had a great time.. it really is an experience like no other.. a whole church to ourselves for less than the price of most hotel rooms.

Beds, tea, coffee, hot choc, chairs, blanket, toilet, kettle and even board games were awaiting us when we arrived.

I completely recommend Champing, just wrap up warm if its out of summer time and enjoy yourselves.

Andy Davidson

We crossed the pond and

We crossed the pond and Champed one night at St. Mary the Virgin, Stansted Mountfitchet in September, 2018. We figured we were meant to stay there when two days prior, we found an antique plate in a Lavenham shop which commemorated St. Mary’s Stansted! We arrived by train, so visitors need to be aware that the church is not located in the town center; the walk takes about 20 minutes when hauling luggage. Our Champbot was helpful in providing us with the amenities we needed for our stay and sharing some information on the church architecture. The church has electricity, which was a nice surprise, but there is no heat and since it was the last week in September, it was cold! It was nice to have the church to ourselves, break out the camera and tripod and take photos at different times of the day. Our primary recommendation is to not have the bells ring on nights when there are Champers staying. Although the bells were lovely, they rang too late in the evening and for too long. Our Champing stay was an opportunity not to be missed for this Anglophile Champer and her reluctant Champer husband who loves her.

Rebecca Nix

We had a great stay

We had a great stay at All Saints, Langport. The church was a beautiful and peaceful building with interesting architecture and history and we enjoyed looking around it and felt privileged to be able to stay in it. The camp beds were comfortable and we had ample supplies of tea and coffee – thank you to the Champbots for making it so comfortable. Even my son’s toy hedgehog slept well it seems!

Jacqui Williams

If you’re reading this trying

If you’re reading this trying to decide to give champing a go then read no further and book it asap. We stayed in st Mary’s church, Walkhampton in devon. It’s just on the edge of Dartmoor which is an awesome place in itself. The church is off the beaten track and tucked halfway up a hill. I suprised my nephews and their faces were a picture. I wanted to give them an experience they’ll never forget and i believe I achieved that. The church was beautifully characterful. It had beds, chairs, tables, a kitchenette with a small fridge and a kettle. We were lucky to have a flushing toilet too! The stained glass window were mesmerising and i was very happy to wake up early to see the sunrise through them. It had a tower which was pretty spooky but my nephews loved it. It did get a tad chilly in the evening but it was a blessing after a hot day. It also had WiFi which was useful so we could plan our days out and of course had a movie night. I would go back without a doubt and will be planning a stay with one of the other churches as soon as I can. Also the thought that was put into making our stay there was heartwarming. A lovely card, some biscuits and a pint of milk was provided. Also the correspondence from champbots was friendly and came across as though they really cared that we had a great time. An all round amazing experience.

Karen Stach

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

I champed at St. Mary’s

I champed at St. Mary’s with my son and nephew. We paid to have sleeping gear and it was nicely set out and arranged when we arrived. We had no issues getting the key or getting in. We slept great and had fun exploring the church and church grounds. It was too spooky for my son to play much hide and seek. It was awesome to wake up to the colored sunlight streaming through the ancient stain-glass windows. This was an awesome experience and I’m so glad I did it.

James Horton

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

It was a wonderfull night

It was a wonderfull night at St Mary the Virgin, Stansted Mountfitchet.
We slept very well in the well prepared campingbeds and loved the atmosphere of the old building.
Thank you very much for this night out of the ordinary.
Meike

Meike Siebald

This night goes down on

This night goes down on our list of one of the lovliest things we’ve done ! It was our first time champing and Langport was possibly a good place to start as it was not remote, had a perfectly acceptable loo (just outside), a water supply (at a tap on the outside wall) a drinking water dispenser (inside) and the church is served with electricity. The camp beds were positioned on top of a wooden platform, covered by a carpet, which ensured that we were both warm and comfortable (it was, of course, 21 June). We loved listening to music as we relaxed and watched the sun shine in through the beautiful stained glass windows that surrounded us. Ahhh … Good memories … and I’d certainly do it again.

Catherine Samuel

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

My friend, my dog and

My friend, my dog and I spent three night at St Andrew’s, Rolleston. It was a wonderful experience to sleep in front of the altar and to enjoy the peace and beauty of this small ancient church. Apologies to anyone we scared as we navigated the grave yard at 2am to visit the eco-loo! My elderly dog took to the experience immediately. It is an experience and one I would warmly recommend.

Elizabeth Stuart

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

Stayed in St Cuthberts Holme

Stayed in St Cuthberts Holme Lacey and loved every minute of it. I’ve been evangelical ever since boring people about it! The church and surrounds are beautiful and I coped with the toilet ok! My fellow champer was delighted to find a working organ to play!
I hadn’t expected electricity so that was a pleasant surprise meaning we had a little more light than i was expecting. I was warm enough in my sleeping bag but we did stay in june. I imagine a few extra layers would be welcome at start or end of the season. I would definitely champ again !

Karen Murphy

What an amazing night !

What an amazing night ! We are definitely champing converts!! The champbots thought of everything….. from lanterns and candles to corkscrews! Billesley all saints is a beautiful quaint church and we had a brilliant night sleep and adventure staying here.

Hannah Richley

My friend booked us into

My friend booked us into All Saints Church at Billesley last week and it was brilliant. We stayed one night and loved it. Great little church, full of character, tho a shame we couldn’t explore the grave yard better as it was full of stingers and I didn’t pack my jeans. We used the Manor next door for food and drink and their spa facilities (all inclusive of our price) and everyone there was very pleasant and helpful (GREAT cream Tea).
Would recommend this church as a ‘starter’ champing experience because of its location, not isolated, and for the size just right for 2.
I would recommend taking extra lighting just to give the place more ‘ambiance’, there was just enough gas to make our cups of T, thought it was about to run out. But we had a great time and the camp beds and chairs provided, plus sleeping bags were all nice touches to make our stay really comfy.
Thank you all involved……..we are already looking at the next one.

Sarah Bolesworth

A most pleasing experience. I

A most pleasing experience. I learned to love waking up at the crack of dawn (no curtains) and re-learning the joys of simply sitting and contemplating (no internet).

John Rowlands

What a fantastic, unique experience!

What a fantastic, unique experience! My friend and I stayed one night at All Saints in Aldwincle. Arrived relatively early on a cloudy, windy day, so went for a rambling walk on the area footpaths, which was lovely. Got some snacks and drinks at the small grocery store in town, HG Watts & Son, and had a nice chat with the shopkeeper. We took a LOT of pictures of the church and the surrounding area that evening. Played checkers and drank wine by lantern light, and I was glad I brought warm clothes, including a winter hat! I got a lot warmer when I grabbed the sleeping bag from my cot and covered up to my waist. Those are some warm sleeping bags! I slept much better than I expected, and was thrilled to wake up to a lovely sunrise. The birds were singing like mad, and it was a gorgeous morning. Took even more pictures of the church in the sunlight! Then Farmer Tim brought breakfast (yum!) and it was time to take off for the next stop on our adventure. I’m so grateful that I heard about Champing and we were able to make it a part of our trip. Would love to do it again someday!

Karen Genz

Well what can i say

Well what can i say !!!
Was an amazing night to remember, The church was very peaceful , even though we did scare ourselves at first!
Had our evening meal at the George and the dragon which was lovely.
It rained that evening which was a shame as the village looked beautiful and we would of liked to of walked along the river, but we will do this another time.
I am spreading the word and think its a great way of bring people back to the church and also helping to put money back in to save those churches.
Just remember your woolly hat !!!!!!!!! Happy champing 🙂

Sarah Bowyer

Our first champing experience was

Our first champing experience was an exciting and eventful one.
The church was amazing. Pretty and very decorative. It was all well set out with beds and chairs and pretty battery candles.
At night the church was lit up outside making it more mystical. When the lights went out the lightening started.
The loo was great and the church was well equipped.
It was in all a great experience and lovely to spend a night in such an iconic building with so much history.

Rachael Raine

We spent 2 nights in

We spent 2 nights in St Cuthbert’s Church in Herefordshire and loved it. It’s a beautiful church with stained glass windows, effigies and lots of history, and in a rural setting. The Champing team had provided everything that they had promised – and as second-time champers, we knew what we needed to take. Will definitely do this again!

Sarah Pretorius

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

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

I enjoyed a sublime

I enjoyed a sublime champing time with my dear friend Jenny whose birthday gift allowed us to share a wonderful time at St Cuthberts, Holme Lacey in Herefordshire.. I was struck by the tasteful and very unobtrusive camping facilities provided. I loved sleeping next to the medieval knight ( with his feet on his dog) and his lady. This was indicative of the whole atmosphere. The wonderful stained glass windows and hatchments along the walls, all helped to make this a camping stay like no other. The gargoyle resplendent over the outdoor facilities, added a tongue- in- cheek architectural symmetry with St Cuthberts.
I unreservedly recommend champing Perfect in every way! I can’t wait to savour the atmosphere of another beautiful church in an idyllic location.

marilyn rankin

We champed at St Thomas’

We champed at St Thomas’ Saddleworth on Friday 22 September 2017. It was fabulous. We did not know what to expect and my partner packed a tent in case there were bats! The church was spotlessly clean and well looked after. When we arrived it had been set up to be welcoming with cushioned seating and candle lights. After exploring and reading up on all the historical information provided we had a picnic and toasted our hosts. Despite being set on the moors and it raining hard outside we were not cold or uncomfortable. It was very peaceful and calm. We slept like logs. When we awoke the sunlight shone through the stained glass which was an amazing sight to see. Breakfast was at a nearby farm and was hearty to say the least. The whole experience was a joy from start to finish and we fully intend to do it again next year at one of the other churches. Thank you to all the volunteers who make this happen xx

marie colleran

We first saw an article

We first saw an article about Champing on The BBC Travel Show and thought it would be something different.We picked St Katherines in Chiselhampton near Oxford. We picked the key up from the local pub.the Coach and Horses.What a lovely little church. We quickly made ourselves at home with a cup of tea and set up our sleeping arrangements. The campbeds are remarkably comfortable for someone of my somewhat large size.We brought our own bedding, sleeping bags,pillows etc. Although there is no heating in the church, we did not feel cold even though it was the middle of September.It was a lovely, peaceful couple of days spent listening to our radio, reading,playing games and supping wine. The local pub was only 10 minutes walk away.We had two very substantial breakfasts there and two very good evening meals.The comments book had entries from as far afield as Japan and USA.We would definitely consider doing this again even though we are in our 60’s.

Geoffrey Dean

My husband and I had

My husband and I had a lovely welcome on arrival when we took our dog for a walk. The church was set out ready for us, beautiful. We spent some time in the community hall across the road playing darts and reading, then a knock at the door, Heather came to welcome us and encourage us to use whatever we wanted from the fridge! Lovely and definitely more than we expected.
Sleeping in the church was so peaceful, we sang a few hymns before bed, just what we needed. A wonderful experience that we would recommend.

Alison Geldard

We will tell our friends in Germany of this adventure and encourage them to try it for themselves.

We were very curious about what to expect in the church we stayed in (St. Michael the Archangel in Booton). A year ago we watched a documentary on German television on champing which stirred our interest in trying this ourselves. Everybody involved was very helpful and prepared our “champing adventure” with care. After a night with severe thunderstorms we enjoyed a great breakfast at “Diane´s pantry” in Reepham – check this out! We enjoyed our first champing a lot – and then: Who has ever spent a night in church of “his own”?
We will tell our friends in Germany of this adventure and encourage them to try it for themselves.

Carolin

Lovely time overall

Lovely time overall at St Michael the Archangel – wine and family games in the nave, very comfortable camping beds as well – shame the organ wasn’t working as that would have been fun to have a play with!

Only quibble (which is entirely out of your control) was the dead bat we found in the morning over near the font.

Might be useful to add a blurb to the documentation around where to park as we were a bit confused and ended up parking on the gravel lay-by across the street from the main entrance. Wasn’t sure if we could use the driveway of the old rectory or not.

Mike Wilkins

Great experience champing!

Great experience champing! Lovely evening of quiet and not a bad night’s sleep!

The Williams

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

The whole experience was fabulous

We are writing to feed back on our recent stay at All Saints Church in Billesley.

The whole experience was fabulous, and we cannot recommend it enough to everyone we speak to. We have both been enthusiastically spreading the word since we returned, and hoping our friends will be inspired to book their own champing experiences. Things we loved:
– The fabulous setting up of the church by our Champbot Chris. We found everything we needed waiting for us, and couldn’t have asked for more. It was all in a lovely little nook of the church too and was so cosy.
– The location of the church was great – it was certainly a real treat having the use of the Haselor Room bathroom!
– The historical side of the church was fascinating – we were particularly taken by the fact we got to sleep right next to the 12th century Herefordshire School carving.
– Waking up to the sun streaming through the church windows – it was so peaceful and inspiring.
– Our fabulous breakfast host Alan at Larkrise Cottage who made us some delicious poached eggs on toast and was a true gent!

We really do think that all of those at the CCT have done a fabulous job of promoting such an excellent concept, and we hope it continues to be a huge success.

Rachael Porter

I will definitely be trying out another church with my wife next time somewhere different

I first read about the experience in Kent Life and decided that it would make a good birthday present for my niece, her father and myself. (Better than a Bluewater voucher!) I managed to keep it a secret and told them they would be going for a night away. We parked next door in the Fordwich Arms car park which where we later had dinner booked. As we wandered down the path to the church entrance, my brother exclaimed that he didn’t believe we were going to stay in a church. As we entered and put your Champing notice up we took stock of our surroundings. What a fantastic set up, apart from the magnificence of the church itself, the way you provided easy chairs around a table with all the necessary items for drinks, tea and coffee etc and our beds laid out in the cubicles between the pews made us really feel part of the fabric. The toilet facilities were top-tastic, 10/10. Time to explore….

We had a small picnic with a few nibbles we brought along, some beers and soft drinks opened and we set about exploring our new environment. How much fun it was to sit at the church organ pretending to play (good job it was not working otherwise the local neighbours may have got an impromptu recital). We each took turns preaching from the pulpit, I read from the book of proverbs! We all felt like the vicar of Dibley even though our congregation was only two. We explored the grave yard, river frontage and enjoyed checking on the local social history.

We enjoyed a pub meal and a game of cards before returning to the church for a night-cap and bed. Once ensconced in our comfy sleeping bags it was time for some more fun. I had turned off all the lights so the church was pitch black. Lying in bed with my powerful torch I shone it on the back of my hand projecting a giant claw like shadow off the vaulted ceiling which descended on my brother and niece. She roared with laughter and he told me to behave and stop scaring them. We all slept like logs.

A cup of tea in the morning and a “hello” to an early morning visitor who was keen to photograph the church, surprised that we had spent the night there. We signed the visitors book to say what a thoroughly great experience we had enjoyed, before heading off to Canterbury and The Goods Shed for breakfast, otherwise we may have tried out one of your hampers.

Well done to you all, especially the locals who made our visit so comfortable. I will definitely be trying out another church with my wife next time somewhere different. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone interested in churches, surprises, making scary shadows, unusual birthday presents and amateur preaching.

Richard Lee

It was a very unique experience

We booked to spend a night in the All Saints, Billesley. It was part of a 5 day camping trip to and from Wales and we though it would add some interest. We weren’t wrong! It was a very unique experience.
Arriving at the church feels was a little daunting as we hadn’t received any email prior to arrival so we didn’t know what to do but we found a phone number online and spoke to a gentleman who was extremely helpful and told us everything we needed to know. The toilet facilities are in the hotel next door so they are impeccable. There is also the option of adding a day pass to the spa onto your stay but we didn’t use this.
We went to a local pub for food (The Stag) which was absolutely lovely. I expected going back to the church in the dark to be unnerving but it wasn’t. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to feel as relaxed as I did. The church is small so has a cosy feel and the atmosphere is really nice. This was helped by the (battery operated) candles and hot chocolate – We were pleasantly surprised to find facilities to make hot drinks. I slept well which was good as we’d planned to go into Stratford Upon Avon for the day which is about 15 mins drive away. We did the whole Shakespeare thing for the day and really, really enjoyed it.

All in all, I think I will probably stay here again. The tickets we bought to see the Shakespeare attractions are valid for 12 months so the trip is half planned anyway. As for Champing in general? Yes I want to try it again. I’m on a secret mission now to spend at least one night in all the churches available 🙂

Emma Randall

We booked a night at

We booked a night at St Mary the Virgin in Fordwich as a surprise for our sister. We were a little worried as to what her reaction would be but after the initial shock of her staying in a church for the night, we all absolutely loved it. It was peaceful and comfortable and the champing team made the church very welcoming with the touches of blankets, chairs, lanterns and of course the breakfast box. We really did have a lovely time. Thank you!

CAROL

I stayed at St Andrews

I stayed at St Andrews at Wroxeter over the August bank holiday weekend. We had a wonderful weekend – it was great to be able to spend so much time on our own in such a special place. It was peaceful and beautiful and we were able to appreciate the church and its character and history so much more from spending a longer period of time there. I especially loved seeing the church gradually lighting up in the early morning sunshine and that the patterns the sunlight made through the stained glass onto the walls Our stay was comfortable and there was lots and lots to do in the Wroxeter area. We would definitely champ again – it was a wonderful experience.

Jacqui Williams

What an awesome experience! My

What an awesome experience! My daughter and I had the beautiful church to ourselves. We sang our favorite songs and listened to the sounds blending with the wind gusting about the old church. A blessed and chilly night.

The first experience with a dry toilet wasn’t bad either.

Donna Mason-Smith

Second time champing in St

Second time champing in St Katherine’s. Had another lovely evening with my partner and dogs. St Katherine’s has a homely lovely feel to it, and it’s such a privilege to spend the night in these wonderful churches. Got up early to watch the bats coming home to roost in the clock tower. Thanks again to the champbots for making St Katherine’s so welcoming.

Fiona Adby

Had the most wonderful experience

Had the most wonderful experience of champing in the lovely church at fordwich. We are both looking forward to repeating this experience with family and friends.

Elaine Gilbert

Brilliant time champing, we had

Brilliant time champing, we had such fun, what a lovely way to spend an evening and to wake up to the sun shining through the stained glass windows was magical. A very memorable occasion which we will definitely repeat and highly recommend! Fantastic breakfast provided also at local café, we could not have asked for better service!

Melanie Marshall

We had a great time

We had a great time at All Saints Aldwincle. The church is very atmospheric and the setting glorious. The battery-powered candles are charming but don’t contribute anything to the lighting level and sadly the wind-up lanterns tended to fade quickly despite sustained winding so I recommend packing a head torch for each champer. We would love to try another church now!
Tessa and Kitty

Tessa Palfreyman

A truly wonderful experience (St

A truly wonderful experience (St Katherine’s, Oxfordshire)
We stayed at St Katherine’s over the August bank holiday weekend and loved every minute of it. We’d built up some apprehension about sleeping in a church since booking, but our fears melted away as soon as we stepped inside and realised what a tranquil, elegant, historic space we were having the unique opportunity to experience. We explored the church and surrounding graveyard fully and then settled in to one of the pew boxes at dusk and enjoyed a picnic dinner. St Katherine’s looked even more amazing as night fell and we turned on the little pew lights and battery-operated candles. We eventually retired to the camp beds on the cosy balcony level and heard owls in the trees nearby as we fell asleep which certainly added to the atmosphere!

Michelle & Darren

Going to bed with the

Going to bed with the evening light fading through the stained glass and waking with the morning light bringing the angels into focus was magical. The ‘secret’ codes for the church door and the loo kept my six year old grandson fully engaged, and spotting a pheasant in the churchyard was the icing on the cake for a small boy brought up in London!

We shall certainly go champing again.

Karen, Diana and Nate

Amazing amazing experience. This is

Amazing amazing experience. This is something anyone with a wanderlust for new or interesting travel experiences should do at least once. My fiancee and I stayed in All Saints Church in Aldrincle during August. The temperatures were pleasant, the church was very quaint and quiet (We were surprised by how quiet, actually!), and the breakfast (we did sign up for the Champ breakfast) was amazing. One of the favorite things we did on our travels to the UK. Very glad to have read about Champing on Atlas Obscura!

Greg Miller

Lovely experience; all brilliantly managed!!

Lovely experience; all brilliantly managed!! Genius idea!!

Lisa Danskin

Our two sons aged 8yrs

Our two sons aged 8yrs and 4yrs described the experience as “totally, totally epic!!!”. Having never champed before, we decided on St Katherines in Chiselhampton and surprised our boys. We weren’t disappointed. Such a beautiful building, great for the kids to learn through exploration. Our ‘Champbot’ kindly left us very well prepared so we were able to snuggle up for the night, enjoying our hot chocolate, marshmallows, lots of good wine and some good old fashioned family board games. The entire process was well managed and we would thoroughly recommend to others. Looking forward to choosing somewhere new to try next time. Thank you!

The Danskin Family

We had an absolutely fantastic

We had an absolutely fantastic time at St Katherine’s! Really loved all the thoughtful touches from the ChampBots such as comfy chairs, warm blankets and wine glasses. A beautiful little church and an amazing experience. We were cozy on the cute balcony, illuminated by the sweet electric candles provided. Can’t wait for our next champing experience, we just need to decide on the church! Thank you so much from Lucy & Roze.

Lucy Bannister

My friend and I stayed

My friend and I stayed at St Cyriac and St Julitta in Cambridgeshire. I had been looking online for something else when I came across Champing. I was intrigued as this was the perfect opportunity to spend some time with my friend who was leaving and going away for a year. We booked and waited. When we arrived on that Sunday afternoon we were spellbound, the idea of having the whole church to ourselves to spend and enjoy our time together was magical! Even spending nearly an hour to walk to the next village to the nearest shop did not dampen our spirits. Thank you for this beautiful experience.

S Townsend

The church is absolutely beautiful

The church is absolutely beautiful ! I’m happy that someone is taking care of it. And I’m happy that I could have a part in that. God bless.

Justin & Chana

We had a wonderful night

We had a wonderful nights stay and woke at 5am with the light coming through the windows – a great space for a very active 6 year old. We shall be doing more champing in the future.

Karen, Diana & Nate

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

To celebrate my 68th birthday

To celebrate my 68th birthday our daughter and grandchildren agreed to go ‘champing’. My husband and daughter were just ‘going along with it’ and my grandsons aged 14 and 12 thought I had lost the plot whilst the granddaughter aged 9 was very unsure. We arrived on a beautiful sunny day and the two youngest children were so excited when they opened the church door they couldn’t wait for the fun to begin. And it did. We had a birthday tea party, walked along the river and when the eldest boy had got over the shock of being without his phone he too really enjoyed the experience. When it got dark we hid sweets around the church which they had to find, played hide and seek with Grandad making ghostly noises then we switched on the fairy lights and candles, which created a magical effect, and played more games. Everyone agreed it had been a great experience and we had great fun as a family.So, thank you very much for the opportunity to create these wonderful family memories.

Sandra Orgill

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

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

“Morning champers” waking to the

“Morning champers” waking to the east window sunshine, coloured light across my mug of tea as I lie on my comfy camp bed admiring carved angels and soothed by cooing wood pigeons, thank you ChampBots.

Tony and Myrtle

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

My husband and I stayed

My husband and I stayed for one night. We loved the experience. The camp beds were very comfortable and the tea / coffee and kettle were very handy. The dry toilet was perfect despite it being outside in the graveyard. The setting was just perfect with gorgeous views across the fields. The breakfast was provided at the kitchen on the wharf which was a perfect setting. All in all we loved the experience and I would recommend champing to anyone who wants to try something a little bit different.

Emily Brackstone

Absolutely loved it! Church was

Absolutely loved it! Church was beautiful, very peaceful and atmospheric. We brought a blow up mattress, which made it extra comfy but the camp beds that were set up would have been more than adequate too. Loved the portable lanterns and electric candles – only thing was that I wish the wine I’d ordered had been left in an icebox. Breakfast at the Wroxeter Hotel next door was good value – love the idea of camping and still getting a fry up the next morning. Would definitely try champing again – just have to choose which church next.

Bec Fenlon

We were very curious about

We were very curious about what to expect in the church we stayed in (St. Michael the Archangel in Booton). A year ago we watched a documentary on German television on champing which stirred our interest in trying this ourselves. Everybody involved was very helpful and prepared our “champing adventure” with care. After a night with severe thunderstorms we enjoyed a great breakfast at “Diane´s pantry” in Reepham – check this out! We enjoyed our first champing a lot – and then: Who has ever spent a night in church of “his own”?
We will tell our friends in Germany of this adventure and encourage them to try it for themselves.

Carolin Bambauer

I was so impressed with

I was so impressed with the Champing Team, who gracefully put up with us growing from a group of 4 to a group of 9 prior to our arrival, with various additions to the booking being requested and lots of questions from the group!
We arrived at Langport last weekend and spent the most amazing evening in the church, which is really quite stunning. Luckily a few of us were awake early enough to see the sunrise over the graveyard and the mist hanging over the Somerset levels. We are converted Champers and are already trying to decide which church to champ in next time! Thank you so much for an amazing experience!

Melanie Brock

I booked a Champing experience

I booked a Champing experience in Fordwich (the smallest town in England) as a birthday surprise for my wife after seeing it on the BBC travel show as the date got closer I was a little concerned, on the day my concerns came to nothing after the shocked look on her face she loved it I loved it more because she loved it great little pub next door which closed that night at 7 but we took our own drink and sat out in the graveyard drinking wine (communal of course) it was a great experience and we are looking at doing another location either later this year or def next year
I would recommend Fordwich as its a great little town set on a river (boat trips are available) Canterbury less than 5 miles Hern bay (seaside less than 10 miles)

Ronald Crooks