Forget about camping or even glamping; 2017 is set to be the year of ‘Champing’, or church camping in England, with 12 more churches across the country being made available to rent for a special night away.
Organised by The Churches Conservation Trust, Champing is a unique concept that sees guests camping overnight in historic properties. Last summer saw hundreds of visitors trying out the quickly growing travel trend, and now additional sites have been added in England as well as in Sandwick in Orkney, off the north-eastern coast of Scotland. New sites include the picturesque Warwickshire church in which William Shakespeare was reputedly married, two churches on the edge of stunning moorland, a church in a valley on which Postman Pat’s Greendale was based, two coastal properties and a church next to a Roman ruin with a vineyard.
The new season also sees the introduction of a flexible pricing structure, enabling people to pick their level of comfort, including mid-week and weekend rates as well as optional bring-your-own-breakfast packages. ‘Champing has proved immensely popular with people who want to try a completely new experience, immersing themselves in history and relaxing in a stunningly beautiful location,’ said Crispin Truman, Chief Executive for The Churches Conservation Trust. The franchise model for Champing is being tested to see whether it can be implemented in other countries, with interest from Canada and destinations across Europe.
The Champing season runs from 31 March to 30 September and caters to couples, families and special interest groups. Adult rates cost from £39 to £59, while children’s rates start at £19, with special group discounts being available for eight or more. Dogs are also welcome to Champ with the family. More information on booking stays is available at the Champing website.
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