For the first time, St Andrew’s church, Wroxeter is being made available as a Champing church. Built on the Roman site of Viroconium, Wroxeter Roman City is a stone’s throw away. Not only that, the Wroxeter Roman Vineyard is a very short distance in the opposite direction and offers tours, tastings and afternoon tea. Local rumour has it that late on a quiet night, you can still hear the echo of Roman soldier’s feet on the road outside….
Champing™ is very popular with couples, families and special interest groups; all looking for adventure and a memorable camping experience. Camp beds are set up inside the church, with a cosy sitting area, complete with rugs and cushions. All guests need to bring is bedding and maybe a bottle of wine! The church is for the exclusive use of each group, be that a couple or a larger group of friends, which makes the experience even more special.
Bookings can be made from 20th January 2017 at www.champing.co.uk and the Champing™ season runs from March 31st – September 30th.
New flexible pricing options introduced
This season sees the introduction of a more flexible pricing structure for people to pick their level of comfort, and includes mid-week and weekend rates, plus optional bring-your-own breakfast packages.
Rates are from £19 to £59, plus there are group discounts for 8 or more. Dogs are welcome too.
Champing™ franchises available
For the 2017 season The Churches Conservation Trust has joined forces with The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust and the Churches Trust for Cumbria to deliver new Champing™ sites in under-utilised churches.
Rev’d Canon Nigel Davies from the Diocese of Carlisle comments: “Champing™ at St Mary’s in Longsleddale will help open up the valley and could well be a starting point for the Lakeland Pilgrimage trail that has just been opened – seven stages around the peaks of South Lakeland. It will provide income for the church and the Community Hall and secure their future for succeeding generations”.
This is a new departure for the Champing™ concept and the franchise model is being tested to see whether it can be rolled for church organisations in other countries – there has been interest from Europe and as far away as Canada!
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive for The Churches Conservation Trust comments: “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. We’re enormously proud at the Churches Conservation Trust of the success of Champing™ in bringing new life to our unique historic buildings and a new, ecological and sustainable way of enjoying the English countryside.”
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