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'Champing' is saving historic buildings

Words by Abi Scaife

‘Champing’ is saving historic buildings. In fact, it has had a record year in churches across England and Wales.


Launched in 2016 by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), what is now known as ‘champing’ is … camping in churches.

Camping … in churches?

The initiative helps to protect Anglican churches that have been closed down and are now considered at risk.

People wanting to travel get unusual (and fun!) accommodations, while the churches are provided with money to keep the ancient buildings in good condition.

They're even happy to let your furry friends come along for the trip - even better!

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in champing, take a look at the CCT website.

Rates start at £49 a night, with 25% off for groups of 8-11 (£36.75) and 30% off for groups of 12-16 (£34.30).

This article aligns with the UN SDG Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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