UK – ‘Champing’: camping in disused churches

UK – ‘Champing’: camping in disused churches

Announced by the Daily Mail as “the next big holiday trend’: church camping , or ‘champing’.

Sleeping overnight inside a disused church is the latest initiative by The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), the charity which looks after more than 300 redundant churches nationwide. It hopes that trippers, keen for a quirky and educational holiday experience, will flock to stay in one of their historical Grade I or II listed buildings, and help generate cash for their upkeep in the process.

The try-out at Aldwincle – in a church decommissioned 70 years ago, which has been redundant a long while – is successful, and the CCT are looking to roll champing out to other venues across the country. Any money they make goes back into conserving the churches they look after. Local people had been supportive of the ‘champing’  trips.

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