Champing comes to North Norfolk church
Champing, the concept of camping overnight in historic churches is now available at St Michael the Archangel in Booton, and bookings are being taken on-line. Tony Rothe reports.
The practice of Champing™ has been developed by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), and offers exclusive use of each church, self-check-in and often secluded locations in some of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Supporting Champing is also helping to preserve these ancient spaces for the future.
St Michael the Archangel in Booton, near Reepham has now become available for Champers. The distinctive and decorative Victorian church was the creation of eccentric clergyman Reverend Whitwell Elwin – a descendant of Pocahontas. He 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.
Extra measures are currently in place to enable a safe stay, with a ‘Good to Go’ accreditation awarded from VisitEngland to show that the recommended guidelines are being followed. Guests will be greeted with the usual beds, chairs, lanterns and fairy lights all set up, just without the blankets and bedding for this year (so Champers will need to bring their own). During this time, CCT are offering flexible bookings and free cancellations, so guests don’t need to worry about booking now and changing dates later.
To find out more about Champing in general, click here.
To book a Champing experience in Booton Church, click here
The photo of people champing in Booton Church (top) is courtesy of www.champing.co.uk
The photo of Booton Church from the outside is courtesy of www.norfolkchurches.co.uk
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