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St Michael the Archangel in Booton, Norfolk
The slender towers of the church of St Michael the Archangel dominate the wide East Anglian landscape for miles around. This amazingly decorative and extraordinary building was the creation of one man – eccentric clergyman Reverend Whitwell Elwin – a descendant of Pocahontas. A friend of Charles Darwin, Elwin not only raised the funds for the building, he also designed it – without the help of an architect – borrowing details from other churches throughout the country.
A favourite from our 2018 Champing™ season, this stunning church is huge yet cosy, and sits in a quiet spot overlooking patchwork green fields and the wide blue yonder. It’s unusual to find such an architectural masterpiece in a quiet country lane, just 12 miles north of Norwich and 20 miles from the Norfolk coast. St Michael the Archangel is in prime outdoorsy countryside, with plenty of ways for you to enjoy fresh air and excitement.
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Maximum Occupancy 16 champers
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Rambling and Roaming in Booton
Rushlight Art Gallery – Melton House, Market Place, Norwich NR10 4JJ, Ph 01603 872216 – Small art gallery selling contemporary pieces by local artists. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm (1.6 miles from church).
Blicking Hall – Blickling, Norwich NR11 6NF. Birthplace of Anne Boleyn and exquisite example of a Jacobean country house(7.5 miles from church). Click here for more information.
Fellbrigg Hall & Gardens – Felbrigg, Norwich NR11 8PR. One of the most beautiful stately homes in East Anglia. A Tudor home with Restoration additions (17.5 miles from church). Click here for more information.
Norwich Castle – Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU. One of medieval England’s most significant fortifications, built shortly after the Norman Conquest. (13.9 miles from church). Click here for more information.
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
Norfolk’s busiest paid attraction, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure park appeals to families of all ages. This 85 acre park has zip wire and high ropes challenges for adults and children alike, plus animatronic dinosaurs in natural surroundings, Dippy’s splash zone for summer fun and Dinomite, Norfolk’s largest indoor play area for winter fun! Wonder across to the Secret Animal Garden, home to loveable pigs, wallabies, tortoises, snakes and other wonderful creatures and visit the Dino of the Day show to learn some amazing facts about Prehistoric life.
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
Great experience champing! Lovely evening of quiet and not a bad night’s sleep!The Williams
Exquisite windows, beautifully unusual church, the bats added to the experience. We have had an amazing stay champing in this beautiful churchThe Maskell Family
… 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
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
Very peaceful, thank you (Booton)Moira, David, Archie and Tay
Stayed for 2 nights champing, lovely, peaceful and amazing church (Booton)Mr & Mrs P