- Sleeps: 1-4
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 1 night
First there was camping, then there was glamping, and now, there’s Champing! Church camping is revolutionising the traditional camping break, giving you exclusive use of some of the UK’s greatest listed buildings for the most unforgettable sleepover of your life.
Champing came about in finding long-term, sustainable uses for stunning churches that are no longer used for regular worship. Cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, these magnificent buildings are some of the greatest architectural wonders our country has to offer, and often come with fascinating histories too. So what better way to appreciate one than to stay in it?
Up to four Champers can enjoy a unique adventure in this special historic space. St. Botolph’s Church resides in Limpenhoe, a small rural village set within Norfolk Broads National Park. Dating all the way back to the 12th century, the simple thatched structure was extended and redeveloped over the following centuries. Part of the 15th century tower is still intact, and there’s a beautiful Norman south doorway to admire.
Once you step inside, this incredible space is yours to enjoy. You’ll see everything you need for your stay set out for you – comfy, fold-out camp beds, camping chairs, tea & coffee making provisions, just bring the milk for your well-earned cuppa on arrival! Bottled water is provided, as are camping lanterns for when it gets dark at night.
Forget any preconceptions of tiptoeing round and whispering in the church; as your home for the night, you’re free to chat, laugh, sing, dance around – whatever takes your fancy! Kids can run about or play the best game of hide-and-seek ever, while adults can relax back in a camping chair with a bottle of wine (corkscrew provided).
During your stay at St. Botolph’s, you’re bound to marvel at the many incredible elements from centuries past, all of which bask in golden daylight from the south-facing leaded windows. The 13th century Purbeck marble front is a joy to behold, and there’s a magnificently vivid stained-glass window that depicts the Baptism of Christ and the commissioning of St. Peter.
Walk or cycle around the village to immerse yourselves in magical country charm, or take advantage of the excellent transport links and while away some time in bustling Norwich, Great Yarmouth, or Lowestoft. You could even take a trip to the coast, and if you’ve packed your binoculars there’s scope for some amazing birdwatching near the Broads.Keep reading
At a glance
- Champing (Church Camping) at St Botolph’s Church in Limpenhoe, part of Norfolk Broads National Park.
- Exclusive use of the charming historic church for up to 4 guests. This church has regular Sunday morning services – which you’re welcome to stay and join!
- Two well-behaved dogs also welcome.
- Everything you need set up for your arrival and taken away afterwards.
- Just bring your bedding, snacks and drinks.
- Perfect for exploring the Norfolk coast and countryside alike.
- Excellent transport links to Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and Lowestoft.
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
Sleeps up to 4, fold-out camping beds, camping chairs, kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, corkscrew. Provided: electricity, kettle, toilet facilities.
Walking, cycling, beaches, swimming, bird-watching village pubs, shops, restaurants, historic sites.
Champing not only gives you a break from modern life, it also gives you a break from cooking. You can’t cook inside the church or churchyard, but this gives you the perfect excuse to visit the many pubs and restaurants you’ll find in the surrounding area.
Sadly, the time will come to leave St. Botolph’s, but it couldn’t be more hassle-free. After your departure, everything will be put away as if by magic. You don’t get that in a camping field!
Whether you’re young or young at heart, part of a group or traveling on your own, a spot of Champing should definitely be on your bucket list! And where better than in St. Botolph’s – where you’re sure to feel instantly captivated by calm and charm alike?
Things to note
Champing season runs throughout the year at this church, but please note that heating is not provided. The main Champing season is during the warmer months from around March – October. No minimum stay requirement, Champers should bring their own bedding including pillows, sleeping bags, duvets and blankets, up to two dogs (or three if they are small) stay for free, children are welcome and encouraged to stay although they must be supervised and no ball games are permitted in the churchyard, Champers are welcome to bring their own alcohol. Champers have sole access to their church after 4pm and before 10am – please note that occasional services are held on a Sunday morning so you may need to pack up by 9am, this to be advised on booking.
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What the guests of Champing Limpenhoe say
“Really good fun we met the couple to get the key from. They were very friendly and even offered us a microwave. They told us some things about the church which was interesting and I like the location of the church. I don’t think they could have changed anything to make it better, really was a nice weekend 10/10.”
“Amazing night – Grandma and 3 children doing lots of crafting and telling of spooky stories. They loved playing the organ, but not too sure if the neighbours enjoyed it!. Fabulous place to stay and all the more special with Tim and Louise in charge of the arrangements.”