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Our Champing™ Guest Book

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:

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

Six of us: me, my

Six of us: me, my daughter and son-in-law and their 3 children aged 10, 8 and 6 stayed one night at Fordwich. We all loved it and had a great time! We loved the old church with its box pews and beautiful brass in the aisle (could you tell future champers about this so they could bring brass-rubbing equipment?). The pub next door ( The Fordwich Arms) was great for an evening meal and the Co-op in Sturry was only ten minutes walk away for stuff for breakfast. The village was very pretty. We are now trying to decide where to champ next!

Eilis Coffey

I booked this as a

I booked this as a surprise for me husband and it wasn’t until we were pulling up outside, to his saying what an amazing church, that I announced this was where we were staying for the night. It was with disbelieve that he opened the door and was stunned to see the champing facilities waiting for us.The chambots couldn’t have done anything else to make us more comfortable. Clear sky, three quarter moon, owls hooting, bats flying, waking to the light shining through the prettiest stained glass. How special is that. Even the loo was impressive, like a little beech hut with a gargoyle. We gave this a very big WOW!

Christina Taylor

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 nights

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 as 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

A little apprehension in our

A little apprehension in our group of six, but we really needn’t have worried. a great night was had by all. A tad cold and only four wine glasses but mugs sufficed! Cosy sitting around with the lanterns and candles and in the morning we really appreciated a lovely cup of tea.
Fordwich is a very pretty town and the locals are lovely, we had a super welcome in the pub next door and Sunday lunch there was amazing.
All in all a great experience, one we all felt was well worth ‘ticking’ off the list.

Alison Revell

I was immediately excited about

I was immediately excited about the idea of champing when I’d heard of it months ago, although my husband was really skeptical about spending the night in an old church – but even he completely warmed to the idea when we got to St Mary the Virgin! Two camp beds had been set up in a pew box, complete with twinkle lights and electric candles. Once we’d laid out our comforter and some pillows, it was quite home-y. The organizers thoughtfully provided a lot of comforts, like camp chairs, throw blankets, fresh water, a table, lanterns, tea things, a dish washing area, board games, and a helpful sign to hang on the gate informing potential visitors that the church was currently in use while we were there. The bottle of wine I’d ordered was chilling in a bucket, and the bathroom was clean and worked perfectly. I loved the spooky atmosphere, exploring the graveyard, and reading the inscriptions on the tombs, and the booklet of information about the church’s history and architecture was great.

Good location, very close to Canterbury and about ~40 minutes’ drive from the coast by Dover. We spent the night in late May, and it was a little chilly, but nothing that a throw blanket or a comforter couldn’t easily keep out.

A. Thomas

Magic weekend at a tiny

Magic weekend at a tiny Church in Oxfordshire!
We stayed at St Katherine’s in Chislehampton in mid-May and it was perfect!
we were well prepared for cold after reading some reviews, but in actual fact it was surprisingly toasty!
we had no trouble getting the key from the inn down the road, and found everything we needed – the kettle, cups and plastic wine glasses was an unexpected bonus! Even the camp beds were comfy, if a little creaky (as you can tell, we are not seasoned campers!).
Having the upstairs area with table and camp chairs was fantastic, and a great little picnic was enjoyed there on our first night! It was a wonderful couples weekend away and we would definitely do it again (and try another church a bit further away from home!).

Angela Trask

First Champing experience shared with

First Champing experience shared with my mam as a birthday treat. Stayed at beautiful St Mary’s Longsleddale, Cumbria. Scariest bit was the long winding single track road in the rain, which was quickly forgotten as we arrived at a gem of a church. The peaceful location and welcoming church made it an experience to treasure.We would definitely champ again! Long live champing!!!!

sophie burton

Had a great time at

Had a great time at Fordwich. The CCT have thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable. Definitely be doing it again.

David Tibbetts-Chaplin

After a week of traditional

After a week of traditional camping, my partner surprised me with a night of champing at All Saints Langport. Had never even heard of the concept of champing, so it was quite something to be led into the beautiful church, saying, “but why have you got the key?!!” And then find two little camp beds laid out, tea and coffee etc. Having been brought up a Catholic, it all felt rather strange at first, but I loved it. So peaceful and an amazing opportunity to lie and take in the intricate details of the stained glass windows and architecture. Fabulous experience and one I have been recommending to everyone I see since!

Sandy Ciccognani

Just returned from an overnight

Just returned from an overnight stay in St Thomas of the heights with family.Lovely church set high in the moors with spectacular views.Interesting history and beautiful stained glass.Not the most comfortable night I have spent but worth it for the peace and quiet.Recommend the walk down into Delphi and the White Lion for a fabulous breakfast Old Bell Inn for lunch.

Marie Dewhurst

Our book group of six

Our book group of six giggly women spent a night at All Saints in Langport, Somerset. The most wonderful adventure! The stained glass windows kept us enthralled, picnic in the churchyard with amazing views, so peaceful and relaxing. Camp beds and camp chairs really comfortable, kettle and drinks provided, compost loo outside – no problem. We slept pretty well, then up and to the town for brekkie. Big thank you to Nicki in the office, and whoever set up camp!

Shane Ridley

We’ve just come back from

We’ve just come back from a two-night stay in St Katherine’s, Oxfordshire. We loved it! All the necessary amenities, plenty of fresh water and the coffee/tea and kettle were a lovely surprise! We spent the day exploring Oxford and were doubly appreciative of the cool, calm and solitude of the church on our return! Apart from creaky camp beds, everything was perfect. Thank you CCT, will definitely be champing again, especially having read some of the other reviews! And thanks also to the Champbots who answered my emails and queries so efficiently and cheerfully. X

Sarah Pretorius

My boyfriend and I stayed

My boyfriend and I stayed at St. Mary the Virgin Fordwich at the end of June for two nights as part of a month-long adventure around Europe. Everything was set up beautifully and it was a nice little escape from the big cities we spend most of our time in. It was relaxing and had enough amenities to call it ‘glamping.’ We have since recommended Champing to many friends. You’ll see us on our next trip to the UK, that’s for sure!

Jacquelyn Goldman

We stayed at St Mary’s,

We stayed at St Mary’s, Fordwich for my birthday. It was such a unique and quirky adventure! The church and surrounding area was beautiful. We went punting in Canterbury in the day too.
We had a wonderful sleep, and woke up to a yummy breakfast hamper. We would definitely recommend champing to all of our friends!

Esther Dark

Loved the building. A bit

Loved the building. A bit spooky at first but quickly became comfortable, one that became a spiritual connection. I particularly appreciated the variety of windows. We found all in order, the church was quiet and clean.

Bruce Schoup and Lucille Fritz

Thank you Champing staff. We

Thank you Champing staff. We miscalculated distances between champing locations. At the last minute you assisted us and allowed us to switch to St. Katherine’s. What a delightful church: comfortable, peaceful, charming. Both the church and your accommodating our needs allowed for a peace filled two night stay. To top it off, as we were leaving you brought us two lovely cups of coffee and pastries.

Bruce Schoup and Lucille Fritz

Great night at St Andrews

Great night at St Andrews Wroxeter.
I was worried I’d made a mistake when walking in and it didn’t look like the website photos, but after a short while we (parents not my kids!) eased into our surroundings and made it our own. My girls (9 and 10yrs) absolutely loved the whole experience as did hubby and I…no internet and no TV utter bliss! Just us four being together. We laid out blankets and the LED candles at the front of the church where we had a picnic. My girls played hide and seek.
This was the biggest ‘hotel room’ we’ve ever had! 😁

Tanya Tallis

Our first time champing, but

Our first time champing, but definitely not our last! We stayed at All Saints, Billesley,Warwickshire, such a beautiful, peaceful little church with so much history! From start to finish such a magical experience, truly unique!

Sandy Walther

We had so much fun

We had so much fun on our first champing experience. The church was beautiful and peaceful, the use of the church hall was a bonus and the gentleman who came to let us in couldn’t have been more accommodating we felt very privalleleged to be allowed to stay in what was clearly a much loved local church.

Nanette towers

We had a perfectly splendid

We had a perfectly splendid time on our Champing adventure. The church was lovely and very peaceful. We had a beautiful sleep and awakened to the light of the Midsummer’s Day dawn streaming in through the stained glass windows. (After taking the time to fully appreciate the beauty of this sight, we dove back in for some more peaceful snooze time.) The view from the churchyard was every bit as beautiful as promised. And the town itself was utterly charming.

 

Anne Ludlow

What a fantastic experience! All

What a fantastic experience! All Saint’s in Billesley is such a cozy little church and there are some really fantastic foot and bridle paths right on the doorstep. Such interesting history of the place and old medieval village as well. Everything provided was top notch, the dog loved it too! Only minor criticism is that the church yard could do with a visit from a couple of goats 🙂

Iris Daunt-Withers

We were a group of

We were a group of 8 history enthusiasts who stayed on Midsummer Night at St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior and what a fabulous time we had! The church is bright, light and spacious and we were able to spread out and choose a niche for our camp bed. It has a proper loo with sink and mirror, which was more than I’d hoped for and a nice little kitchen area. The fridge is very small – too small to take a wine bottle, so we just stuck them in cold water in the sink! We had a lovely meal in the nearby Red Lion but the best bit was coming back to the church, sitting together and chatting till past midnight in the (very realistic) candlelight. The camp beds aren’t amazingly comfy but it wasn’t at all cold and I enjoyed just being in such an amazing place and in truth not wanting to miss a second of the experience!
I think we all enjoyed it so much that champing may well become a regular thing! The CCT were so friendly and helpful throughout and made us feel so welcome.

Jenny Ashby

My partner (who is German

My partner (who is German by the way), told me (a Brit) about this Champing thing. Brilliant. I booked it for a weekend with my boys, and it was a surprise. Even as they looked at me strangely as I stopped at the church and went in. What an experience. It is still sinking in. Such a privilege to stay in such a building. Thank you so much. It is a memory that will last a lifetime I think.

Stuart Douglas

Magic weekend at a tiny

Magic weekend at a tiny Church in Oxfordshire!
We stayed at St Katherine’s in Chislehampton in mid-May and it was perfect!
we were well prepared for cold after reading some reviews, but in actual fact it was surprisingly toasty!
we had no trouble getting the key from the inn down the road, and found everything we needed – the kettle, cups and plastic wine glasses was an unexpected bonus! Even the camp beds were comfy, if a little creaky (as you can tell, we are not seasoned campers!).
Having the upstairs area with table and camp chairs was fantastic, and a great little picnic was enjoyed there on our first night! It was a wonderful couples weekend away and we would definitely do it again (and try another church a bit further away from home!).

Angela Trask

We stayed at st.marys church

We stayed at st.marys church in the longsledde valley in Cumbria on may the 13th.It was wonderful!!. peaceful, very pretty.The church was surprisingly not that cold at night and having access to the community hall across the road was great for cooking.The lack of WiFi and the fact that it was ‘in the middle of nowhere’ was really good for us as a family-mummy couldn’t look at her phone and older child had to interact and not play Minecraft!.So peaceful that although the grown ups took wine they fell asleep listening to the sheep and nearby running stream and never got to the wine.The local man who looks after the champers was very friendly and helpful.Even my midnight trip to the loo across the graveyard was surprisingly serene, rising mists and a few surprised sheep..Only thing I’ll say is if you’ve got kids…. churches have no curtains or blinds..they’ll be awake early, very early(just as well we never got to the wine).Gosh better stop, we loved it!

Claire Whitefield

++ Wonderful customer service the

Wonderful customer service the whole way through (including from the hotel who provided the key and toilets). Cute little church with lots of information about its history. Stuff was all laid out ready for us: atmospheric candles, lamps, chairs and cushions, camp beds, coffee making supplies, water, corkscrew and we even found some wine glasses. We weren’t cold at all….Definitely something that should be tried though if you are at all adventurous!

Bethan Jones

Wonderful experience! It did get

Wonderful experience! It did get a little chilly at night, but we brought extra layers and the hired sleeping bags were very warm, so it wasn’t too bad once we got to sleep. Beautiful church and surrounding areas!

Cara Palmer

Champing at St. Mary the

Champing at St. Mary the Virgin, Fordwich, was delightfully unforgettable! My teenage son and I were travelling across England to view historical sites, and found St. Mary to be deeply evocative, reverent, and peaceful. The conservators took care of us so very kindly, laying out a welcoming spread of treats, camping chairs, lights and kettle in addition to the cots. Our phone was losing battery power and we were unable to open the arrival document with instructions on entering the church, but the friendly folks at the neighboring Fordwich Arms knew who to phone, and we enjoyed a drink while awaiting the conservator generously coming to assist us and see us installed for the night. He did remind us we’d need ample ample bedclothes, and this was certainly true! We covered up with our coats in addition to blankets and sleeping bags, then found we were warm enough for the remainder of the night (in restrospect, if champing again at this time of year – early May – we’d probably set up our tent inside the church in order to contain some body heat), which was utterly silent until the birds woke at dawn. I’d expected night noises or the creaking of beams in the building, but the church is so ancient and settled that nothing moves. We were especially moved by spending the night in the shadow of St. Augustine’s Stone. We consider it truly an honor to have had this time in this very special place, and can’t recommend it more highly!

Elisabeth Steves

Wonderful experience! Three humans and

Wonderful experience! Three humans and 2 dogs stayed for 2 nights and before we even stepped inside we were in awe. It’s a gorgeous church, with beautiful surroundings….We also highly recommend the breakfast at The Dial House – best Eggs Benedict/Royale/Florentine we’ve all ever had. Nearby Reepham is a cute village, with dining options for all times of day – The Dial and Kings Arms both allow dogs as well.

Allison Bland

Spent a lovely time in

Spent a lovely time in St.Katherine’s at Chiselhampton. Its a very pretty, welcoming church, which was so nice, as my partner and I were feeling a bit nervous about sleeping in a church. We had nothing to worry about as it felt very homely, even the graveyard felt friendly! and reading the many entries in the visitors book, all seem to agree how lovely the church is. The champbots do a great job to make you feel at home with amenities etc. The only downside was that our two dogs didn’t like the church clock chiming throughout the night, and on the hour, every hour, they took it upon themselves to go bonkers and run up and down the aisle. They would then settle in the peace and quiet until the clock struck again. Bless them. Needless to say, we didnt get much sleep. That said. We will be returning to St.Katherine’s in August for another champing session. My partner has said that he will be bringing ear plugs just in case, as the dogs will also be joining us.

Fiona Adby

I was immediately excited about

I was immediately excited about the idea of champing when I’d heard of it months ago, although my husband was really skeptical about spending the night in an old church – but even he completely warmed to the idea when we got to St Mary the Virgin! Two camp beds had been set up in a pew box, complete with twinkle lights and electric candles. Once we’d laid out our comforter and some pillows, it was quite home-y. The organizers thoughtfully provided a lot of comforts, like camp chairs, throw blankets, fresh water, a table, lanterns, tea things, a dish washing area, board games, and a helpful sign to hang on the gate informing potential visitors that the church was currently in use while we were there. The bottle of wine I’d ordered was chilling in a bucket, and the bathroom was clean and worked perfectly. I loved the spooky atmosphere, exploring the graveyard, and reading the inscriptions on the tombs, and the booklet of information about the church’s history and architecture was great.

Good location, very close to Canterbury and about ~40 minutes’ drive from the coast by Dover. We spent the night in late May, and it was a little chilly, but nothing that a throw blanket or a comforter couldn’t easily keep out.

A. Thomas

What a great experience. Champing

What a great experience. Champing is a brilliant idea. When we arrived at the church our camp beds were set up. There were plenty of candles and lamps, comfy camp chairs, tea, coffee and even wine glasses. We spent ages just walking around the church and touching history. I must admit, I was a bid dubious about getting a good nigh’s sleep in a camp bed but it was surprisingly comfortable. A couple of fluffy duvets from home and we were very snug. Loved the 2 local pubs. We had a great meal before finishing of with a nice bottle of wine and a some cheese, back at the church. Wonderful, wonderful experience. If you get a chance…..DO IT.

Karen Shepherd

Arrived at All Saints Church

Arrived at All Saints Church in Aldwincle and was taken aback at the sheer beauty of the exterior. A truly traditional English church. Knowing that this is ours for the night was the best feeling ever. On entering the church with the fabulous key, I was gobsmacked. I was in awe. I honestly couldn’t stop grinning. We brought a laptop with us and watched Vikings on full blast, the acoustics were insane! I couldn’t help myself, so I decided to have a mini singing session with my Mediaeval Baebes playlist. Again, such an incredible opportunity. I feel so privileged to have spent my birthday in this church. It was a memory I will cherish forever. Thank you.

Beth Von Black

I’ve been dreaming about champing

I’ve been dreaming about champing for months since I first heard of it, and it was even more wonderful than I had imagined! I’d be seriously willing to bet that Old St. Stephen’s has the best views of any of the champing churches, with the green moors rolling down to Robin Hood’s Bay… But I’d be willing to try staying in other churches to be proven wrong! 😉 For such a remote and peaceful location, transportation was fairly simple (hurrah for the X93!), and the little alleys and staircases and twisty-turny passages of Baytown are incredibly fun to explore! Be sure to visit the beach at low tide – lovely spot for a walk. This was my first time champing, and I was by myself (!), but I never felt unsafe. Everyone I met in the area was super nice, and the church itself felt very snug when closed up for the night (if a bit chilly – bring extra blankets!). Be sure to try out the pump organ, and do some moon-gazing out the tall clear windows at night! I could keep writing on and on, but for now I’ll just say Thank You to the CCT and all the Champbots! I’m sure I’ll be back! 🙂

Sarah Bauerle

Fantastic experience – after

Fantastic experience – after going to the wrong church then trying to get in the wrong door (!!) we finally got in and were quite astonished at the sight, far better than we expected. We had bought a feast as it was a group members birthday so lit all the candles (we had also brought lots of our own) ad proceeded to tuck in. As the light faded it became more enchanting but the cold came too and all 6 of us were fighting over the kettle. We went outside at midnight and WOW the stars and moon..stunning, also the sight of the church windows lit up by “candles” was beautiful.
Getting up at night to go to the toilet was an experience but the church was not spooky at all, it was a beautiful serene peaceful place. Breakfast was lovely, we heartily tucked in, the croissants were out of this world, thanks so much
A wonderful experience, we had come together from all over the UK

Lesley Kiddell-spencer

Absolutely fantastic! Amazing experience! I

Absolutely fantastic! Amazing experience! I couldn’t believe we had the whole church to ourselves! Would recommend this to everyone and anyone!

Thomas Barron

I took my husband to

I took my husband to the Fordwich church as a birthday surprise/treat on 27th April 2017. It was still a little cold even with all our clothes on in a sleeping bag, under a blanket and an arctic coat – so do prepare! Philip was kind enough to drop by with a heater, though, so we did drink tea and watch a movie on our ipad in total comfort before turning it off and heading to the cold corner of the church! The faux candles and gas lamps are all a lovely touch as are the camping chairs, tea and a place to lock your bags away. We came without a car and there are two lovely pubs and kayaking and great walks right there.

Katy Schutte

A lovely church, set in

A lovely church, set in a beautiful area. Very cold though, I would suggest visiting in July or August to be more comfortable!

Alex Walsh

I spent 2 nights over

I spent 2 nights over Easter at beautiful St Michael the Archangel in Booton, Norfolk, as part of a group of 3. We chose the church because of the amazing stained glass, and we were not disappointed. The church is spectacular, with carved angels watching you as you sleep, and the sunsets and sunrises through the glass are amazing. I was also really impressed with the Champing experience. We had sturdy and comfortable camp beds, nice chairs, and a carpet to add a bit of extra warmth. There is also a very clean loo provided, and plenty of water for washing up, making tea/coffee, etc. Booton is idyllic, there are horses in the fields nearby and the lack of street lighting means the stars look amazing from the churchyard. So we spent mornings and evenings in the church and ventured out to places like Wells by the Sea, Norwich, and nearby little Witchingham (if you’re in the area *do* go to see St Faiths church – stunning). Ok, it was April, so it was cold, but not so cold you can’t sleep. Plan for this if you’re Champing at the start/end of the season when the nights are chilly. Make sure you have a sturdy 3-4 season sleeping bag, a woolly hat, perhaps some gloves, but top tip (I’m so glad I packed them) bring hot water bottles. You can refill/top up from the kettle whenever you need if you find it’s just too cold for comfort. Thank you CCT and the Champing team – we’ll be booking again soon!

Verity Ross-Smith

Me, my wife and two

Me, my wife and two young children had a very enjoyable night at Fordwich church on Easter Sunday. Champing is a great idea and it’s wonderful to be able to explore a church after dark with the doors locked. I read a couple of appropriate ecclesiastical ghost tales by M R James before we extinguished the (electric) candles (very realistic by the way). The wind-up lanterns provided were excellent and provided light for a long period after winding. We weren’t told that there would be a kettle provided, as we would have brought some hot water bottles. We’ve been recommending it to our friends and one has already booked a church in Norfolk.

Antony Clayton

I stayed two nights over

I stayed two nights over Easter with my Mum and two small children (3 and 4). What a lovely experience. I loved being able to talk my girls through the history of the church and the architecture. They absolutely loved the ornate stained glass windows. And the view of the Somerset plains from outside was fantastic. The experience itself was cold overnight but we had extra blankets and jumpers (an essential at this time of year!). It was a little spooky overnight but we kept a light on so we could move around with ease. The outside loo was surprisingly clean and odour free. Very well maintained. The village of Langport was picturesque and we enjoyed walking along the river to have our breakfast at the Kitchen at the Wharf (gorgeous food and great service). And the last point to make is that the customer experience of champing was absolutely excellent. I accidentally left my little girls new shoes at the church (she decided to tell me when we got home that she’d hidden them from me!) and I contacted the Champing contact on my booking and she was lovely and posted them straight back to me. An all round lovely experience. Highly recommended.

Sarah Poulton

Lovely churches – part of

Lovely churches – part of our heritage
Easy access even after dark
Loads of space in church to move around
Great breakfasts at both Booton and Aldwinkle
Better than camping by a mile
Easy booking system
Plenty of parking space at Booton
Comfy camp beds
Free tea and coffee went down well
Watched the sun rise through the stained glass windows, a real treat
Roxy the dog loved it too!

John Sorsby

Amazing! My husband and I

Amazing! My husband and I spent the night at All Saint’s, Billesley, a beautiful little church in the manor grounds. It was a wonderful experience, peaceful, cosy, a perfect escape in wonderful surroundings. Breakfast was served at Larkrise Cottage, Alan was very welcoming and the food and service faultless. Thank you CCT for the opportunity, we will be back 🙂

Anna Biddleston

Quirky, unique and lovely

Quirky, unique and lovely stay near Robin Hood’s Bay. Great fun and something really different. Would definitely recommend it and would definitely do it again. Take lots of blankets…it gets chilly. 😊

Anne

Yes, it’s cold, but if

Yes, it’s cold, but if you bring a hot water bottle and blankets you won’t be!
Yes, it’s a bit spooky, but only a bit. It’s also quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
The centuries of history in one building is staggering.
When you’re sitting in a pew, drinking tea and watching the sun stream in through the stained glass windows, leaving vibrant colour patters on the wall, you’ll wish you’d booked an extra night.

Libby

Brilliant experience for three, first

Brilliant experience for three, first time, champers. Church was awesome and set out to welcome us with beds and table and chairs with cushions. The place looked magical at night lit with battery candles and lanterns. As we were pre warned to bring plenty of blankets we were as warm as toast. Mrs Farmer Tim’s breakfast in the morning was absolutely delicious. Luckily there were beautiful walks along the River to exercise it off. Great pubs serving good, reasonably priced food in walking distance too. We are already planning our next Champ. Well done and thank you.

Margaret Dilloway

Excellent stay facilities were excellent

Excellent stay facilities were excellent and the set up perfect. Would recommend a decent duvet and or sleeping bag (I had both as it does get a bit nippy. Lovely to see the church in the dawn light.

Richard Brown

St Mary Fordwich Kent++’s Magical

St Mary Fordwich Kent
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Magical little place with tons of beautiful history and fab gravestones! We had dinner at Fordwich Arms which so good and the staff so so friendly!

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We didn’t fully understand the “camping” element as we had never done it before! We were cold and felt a bit sorry for ourselves with just a little bowl and no hot tap! Would do again but with lots more warm clothing and bedding!

Sheila and Ravi

All went well and communication

All went well and communication was great. Breakfast was lovely and friendly staff… Fold out beds could be slightly more comfortable…

Damon Barton

Just back from a night’s

Just back from a night’s champing at the splendidly named St Cyriac and St Julitta, Swaffham Prior with the top brass of the CCT. A very atmospheric huge Georgian church with limitless space to set up one’s camp bed well away from Olympic class snoring companions. I’ve stayed in a number of Landmark Trust properties but this is very different. All credit to the CCT for this imaginative scheme. Definitely worth a try

Alan Guthrie-Jones

Champed at Swaffham Prior on

Champed at Swaffham Prior on 19 August with Crispin T, Peter A and Damien P from the CCT. Most impressed by the facilities, champing furnishings and the bits and pieces such as electric candles, electric storm lanterns and a surprisingly good range of teas and coffees for the morning. Vast spaces so that we could occupy all corners of the church.

Alan Guthrie-Jones

We loved the church and

We loved the church and the village was charming. Earlier in the day we visited nearby Anglesey Abbey, which provided a wonderful day out. This was all to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. However, there wasn’t any wifi, which wasn’t the end of the world, but a bit irrirating . Also in the website photo there is a sofa, which was also no existent. The camp beds are horrible. Far too small. In the end I slept on the floor which was more comfy. My hubby stayed on the camp bed but regreted it by the morning. We would go champing again, but would take our own airbed or roll.

Bianca Saville

Stayed at St Mary’s in

Stayed at St Mary’s in Fordwich on Tuesday – it was amazing. Certainly one of the more unusual places we have slept in! Had a delicious evening mesl in Fordwich Arms – Thoroughly recommended. All very well organised. We will certainly ‘champ’ again next year!

Jacqueline Hunt

The most memorable B&B we

The most memorable B&B we have ever stayed in. Makes your average hotel room or B&B seem very dull.

trevor morris

This without doubt was one

This without doubt was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in. Right from the moment with drove up to see the true size of the building and then to opened up “our own church” with the huge front door key. A beautifully clean space, sparse but with enough care placed into the decoration by the Champing team to make it homely. A wonderful meal at the Snooty Fox (2 miles away) was followed by a delightful evening sat talking over a glass of wine in the sacred space under (battery powered) candle light. A peaceful nights sleep was gently interrupted by a knock on the door from the local farmer bringing us breakfast; a substantial feast of bacon, sausage, egg, tomato and mushroom cob, with hot croissants, yoghurt and fruit. We spent our remaining time exploring every nook and cranny of the wonderful building, reading all the inscriptions engraved and etched into the floors, walls, windows and fittings. A truly marvellous night. We’ve already booked to visit another Champing church.

Richard Clifford

Stayed at St. Peter’s and

Stayed at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s at Albury which I booked for our 21st anniversary. Husband was pleasantly surprised when we got to the church and I announced this was our room for the night! Nicely laid out with everything we needed for the night. Very peaceful and not at all spooky! Walked to the local pub for a lovely dinner and really nice breakfast there in the morning. Would definitely recommend this as an unusual and interesting night away. Thank you

Deborah little

My 12 year old daughter

My 12 year old daughter and her four friends had a fantastic night champing in Booton – telling ghost stories by (electric) candlelight, listening to the bats in the rafters and waking up to the sun shining through the massive stained glass windows. It was a birthday sleepover she’ll never forget! Me and the other adult present appreciated the tea making facilities and also the incredibly civilized breakfast at the Dial House in Reepham!

Amelia Worley

Stayed at St. Peter’s and

Stayed at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s at Albury which I booked for our 21st anniversary. Husband was pleasantly surprised when we got to the church and I announced this was our room for the night! Nicely laid out with everything we needed for the night. Very peaceful and not at all spooky! Walked to the local pub for a lovely dinner and really nice breakfast there in the morning. Would definitely recommend this as an unusual and interesting night away. Thank you

Deborah little

Stayed at St Mary’s in

Stayed at St Mary’s in Fordwich on Tuesday – it was amazing. Certainly one of the more unusual places we have slept in! Had a delicious evening mesl in Fordwich Arms – Thoroughly recommended. All very well organised. We will certainly ‘champ’ again next year!

Jacqueline Hunt

Beautiful church – thank you

Beautiful church – thank you for the opportunity to stay in a fantastic setting. Our group had a lovely time and breakfast at Dial House was excellent. We will definitely be back xx

Inga Hinsley

WOW! That was both fun

WOW! That was both fun and very interesting, with plenty of time to take in the building and appreciate it! The four “naughty” sheep who jumped over the wall to nibble grass in the churchyard provided some entertainment too! A chance to use my natural sheep herding ability, I found! Very nice loo, I couldn’t believe how clean it smelt! A complete delight to have so much wonderful space and sense of history… Will do it again!

Jenny Meehan

Really loved it. What an

Really loved it. What an ingenious idea. Booked it for my husband’s 50th as a surprise and he was surprised! And the breakfast was delicious. Only comments are that a majority of the candles didn’t work – new batteries needed. And really disappointed that we couldn’t go up the tower but I guess for insurance purposes that’s an issue and perhaps it’s not in the best nick? Will certainly think about going to another. I noticed that one is opening in the Orkneys but any plans for the north of England? Also I love the fact you are so humorous on your website especially the FAQs – had a real giggle at those. We spent some time debating what ‘a decent hour’ would be for the breakfast to arrive!

Virginia Blakeley

Had a wonderful time, and

Had a wonderful time, and were very impressed with the effort put into making it an enjoyable experience for us. Fantastic Church and very peaceful (apart from the snoring!) Will definitely do it again. The breakfast at Dial House in Reepham was excellent. Well done CCT

David Tibbetts-Chaplin

An amazing weekend

spent in a unique church (Fordwich)

M Stuchbery

Champed here overnight

Lovely being woken by sunlight and birdsong (Fordwich)

Katy and Charlie

We had such a lovely time

Breakfast was amazing and church was amazing. Thanks for having us! (Aldwincle)

Davey and friends

Here on our wedding anniversary (married 1984)…

… when the church was full and 3 canons took the service. Back then we were trying to raise £350,000 to restore this church. Thank you to the Church Conservation Trust for all the work you have done and for setting up a wonderful champing opportunity. Thank you for our lovely anniversary welcome which was totally unexpected and really lovely flowers, champagne, candles and cards. The camp beds were great. A magical and calming night, wonderful x x x (Booton)

Mr & Mrs Bagnall-Oakley

It was a privilege to stay in this beautiful church

Not spooky at all! Thank you (Aldwincle)

Rebecca & Mark

Amazing stay

Completely unique and will never forget, thank you very much! (Aldwincle)

The McGinn Family

2nd champing holiday!

Liked the lanterns and “candles”! (Aldwincle)

The Joinson's

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Du Toit's

Fantastic night champing in the church.

We had a delicious breakfast too, thank you! (Aldwincle)

Jenny, Country Walking magazine

So happy to support the CCT.

So large and grand it was an honour to stay here, many thanks to the wonderful volunteers and to the Rev Whitwell for having such vision to build this remarkable church (Booton)

June, Andrew and Susan

Champing, fabulous setting and beautiful experience

Booton

Jayne

Ten girls champed!

Simply glorious staying the night in such a stunning setting, MAGICAL (Booton)

Natalie Gray

Thank you so much for the amazing stay.

It was a beautiful building and an incredible experience. Will spread the word and definitely champ again in the future (Fordwich)

The Briscall-Harvey's

We are champing

Very peaceful, thank you (Booton)

Moira, David, Archie and Tay

Stayed for 2 nights…

Stayed for 2 nights champing, lovely, peaceful and amazing church (Booton)

Mr & Mrs P

We had a perfect stay

We had a perfect stay at St Mary’s, Fordwich on the hottest day of the year so far. What better place to be when it’s 30 degrees outside, than in a cool church! We had a picnic in the beautiful churchyard surrounded by wildflowers and birdsong, then walks along the river Stour which runs behind the church. In the morning, we woke to sunlight streaming through the stained glass. It was great having a breakfast picnic hamper and it was full of delicious goodies – and far too much for us to eat!

helen hanford

A friend and I had

A friend and I had a wonderful stay at West Stourmouth in July, whilst walking the St Augustine’s Way. The church was beautiful, peaceful and calm. We had everything we needed laid out for the night, and the night lights were welcome. We both slept well, once we got used to the sounds of the church, including a chirpy cricket. The walk through the orchards to the Rising Sun for breakfast was lovely; and the breakfast was glorious and fuelled our walking for the onward journey. I would recommend this as a unique experience; and will definitely be introducing more people to the ‘Champing’ experience.

C Carroll

This without doubt was one

This without doubt was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in. Right from the moment with drove up to see the true size of the building and then to opened up “our own church” with the huge front door key. A beautifully clean space, sparse but with enough care placed into the decoration by the Champing team to make it homely. A wonderful meal at the Snooty Fox (2 miles away) was followed by a delightful evening sat talking over a glass of wine in the sacred space under (battery powered) candle light. A peaceful nights sleep was gently interrupted by a knock on the door from the local farmer bringing us breakfast; a substantial feast of bacon, sausage, egg, tomato and mushroom cob, with hot croissants, yoghurt and fruit. We spent our remaining time exploring every nook and cranny of the wonderful building, reading all the inscriptions engraved and etched into the floors, walls, windows and fittings. A truly marvellous night. We’ve already booked to visit another Champing church.

Richard Clifford

We had the most amazing

We had the most amazing Champing experience at Booton Norfolk sleeping under angels and bats flying over. All quite surreal, picnic in church yard and the most amazing breakfast at the Dial house in Reepham. Thanks so much for a most amazing experience 😊

Colette Coleman

What an amazing experience!

What an amazing experience! Lazy evenings spent exploring the church, pub dinners, such quiet nights sleep, waking to birdsong and dappled light through stained glass. Wonderful stay! Thank you CCT for letting us stay!

James - Champed at Fordwich

Wonderful!

A wonderful Champing experience!

John - Champed at West Stourmouth

Loved it here! What an

Loved it here! What an adventure!

Claire - West Stourmouth

I champed with a group

I champed with a group of my friends and we had such an amazing time! Dinner at the pub was very yummy and we then went back to the church to play cards and tell stories! Felt like we’d all shared a unique experience!

Joanne - Champed at Swaffham Prior

Amazing! So wonderful to wake

Amazing! So wonderful to wake up to the sun shining through the windows. Second church we have stayed in – both lovely!

Brian

Brilliant place to stay, and

Brilliant place to stay, and Chana was great in helping with the booking and getting everything ready. Thank you!

Champers at Aldwincle

Beautiful – Just a wonder

Beautiful – Just a wonder to open your eyes in the morning. Thank you!!

James - stayed at Fordwich

A fantastic experience. Breakfast was

A fantastic experience. Breakfast was outstanding too. Thank you so much for all the details – home comfort/ candles and of course the children loved playing the organ.

Linda and family - Champed at Aldwincle

What a great refuge from

What a great refuge from busy lives! Perfect relaxing time!

Anna & Dave - Swaffham Prior

Thanks for the opportunity to

Thanks for the opportunity to stay in such a beautiful place – the children have loved it!

The Jones Family who had fun Champing at Aldwincle

Pyjama Party!

I held a surprise 60th pyjama party for my husband at Swaffham Prior and what a wonderful surprise it was for him and all the guests! A fun and different experience – they are all still talking about it!

Martha, who Champed at Swaffham Prior

Beautiful church, beautiful area –

Beautiful church, beautiful area – spoilt for choice with walks and activities!

Emily - Aldwincle

Breathtakingly beautiful church. Loved sleeping

Breathtakingly beautiful church. Loved sleeping here and felt safe. Loved the pretty candles.

Sara, Champing at Aldwincle

Cosy!

Lovely experience. Warm, cosy & fun!

Ian - Champed at Aldwincle