Champing™ - camping in churches

Champing™ is the ultimate ‘slow tourism’ escape, with England’s historic churches offering their own unique havens of tranquility, a peaceful night’s sleep interrupted only by the sounds of the natural world, and time to explore the beauty of the surrounding countryside at your own pace by day.

To book online and find out more, please see our dedicated Champing™ website at

BBC Radio 4 champing feature

BBC Radio 4's You and Yours followed our champing breaks in April 2015. Hear the feature below.

Visitor feedback

Don't just take our word for it. Here are some comments champers have left in our visitors book after a night in one of our churches:

"Such a wonderful weekend. Fabulous memories that will last a lifetime. Wonderful & magnificent building."

"Wow! Fabulous night! Breakfast was just perfect, as was it all"

"Breathtakingly beautiful church. Loved sleeping here and felt safe. Loved the pretty candles all night. And I rang the bell!"

"Beautiful church, beautiful area - spoilt for choice with walks and activities."

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

"Beautiful - Just a wonder to open your eyes in the morning. Thanks"

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

"An unusual warm and cosy place to stay. Very relaxing"

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

Everyone's talking about #champing

Our #champing breaks are provoking plenty of interest online success. Catch up with all the news, tweets and posts via our Storify below.

Become a member

Our members are group of like-minded individuals who care passionately about saving historic churches. Joining costs just £3.50 a month.


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In the media

See some of the press coverage for champing here:

National Geographic - 09/11/15 - Spiritual Slumber Party: ‘Champing’ in England

The Telegraph - 09/06/15 - Churches the new Airbnb as 'champing' proves popular

The Daily Mail - 03/06/15 - Glamping is so last year! The latest travel trend is 'champing' and it's all about spending the night in a historic church

The New York Times - 30/05/15 - Camping in Church? Make Way for Champers

The Guardian - 29/05/15 - Holy nights: camping in a church

BBC Radio 4 - 27/04/15 - You and Yours: Champing

The Guardian - 17/03/15 - Let us stay … country churches offer overnight stays for £60pp a night

BBC - 17/03/15 - South East Today -

The Church Times - 30/01/15 - There wasn’t a sermon...but we fell asleep anyway

De Telegraaf - 29/01/15 - Nieuwe trend: champing

The Metro - 19/01/15 - Champing? Aisle have a go at that...

Donde Viajar - 01/09/14 - El ‘champing’, la moda de acampar en iglesias en desuso

The Australian - 23/08/14 - Champing at the bit

The Daily Mail - 11/08/14 - Glamping? Try champing!

The Sunday Times - 10/08/14 - A room with a pew 

ITV - 25/04/14 - A new way of camping in Northamptonshire