Champing (Church Camping) in Northamptonshire

Church in England, Northamptonshire, Aldwincle
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Spend the night in a church and experience the peace and uniqueness of a historical church.

Experience Champing and enjoy a night sleeping in a tranquil church by candlelight with The Churches Conservation Trust's Champing Breaks.

Have the whole building to yourself, surrounded by rural simplicity on a two day, one night champing break.

Guests are provided with the key to the church so you can go out any explore the local area.

For an additional cost of £10 we have a range of breakfast options for you; from smiley Farmer Tim arriving at your door with a farmhouse feast like you’ve never seen before, to a full English in a nearby hostelry – or you may wish to sizzle your own sausages and leave the washing up for someone else – either way, we’ve got it covered.

If you book before 1st March 2017 you can enjoy a 10% discount.

If required, The Churches Conservation Trust can arrange activities such as leisurely walks, storytelling, yoga and canoeing adventures.

This handsome square-towered church lies at the edge of the picturesque village of Aldwincle near the river Nene - the pinnacled and carved 15th-century tower dominates the surrounding countryside.

The elegant Medieval interior is almost cavernous in feel with few furnishings, offering a rare chance to see its beautiful limestone arcades and arches up close.

The 17th-century poet John Dryden was born nearby and baptised in the church - his grandfather was the rector.

Look out for strange carved birds, beasts and other creatures on the exterior.

The Chambre chantry chapel of 1489 is also of exceptional quality.


Address: Aldwincle, Northamptonshire
Latitude/Longitude: 52.426022 / -0.524454999999989


Sitting comfortably on a bend in the River Nene in east Northamptonshire, Aldwincle is a pretty village at the heart of an area of beautiful countryside known for its wildflower meadows, woodlands and wetlands. This is one of the most important inland areas for wildlife in England, home to kingfishers, red kites, otters and grass snakes.There is evidence that prehistoric man lived at Aldwincle, with Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements all found nearby, and a Roman road which traversed the River Nene a short distance away via a wooden bridge. Much later, the village was home to the 17th-century poet John Dryden, who was born in the rectory and baptised in the church.From Aldwincle, the Nene Way takes walkers to Titchmarsh nature reserve in one direction or to the 17th century thatched King's Head Inn at Wadenhoe in the other, and the Church of St John the Baptist in the tiny prosaically-named village of Achurch beyond.Across the river, the Fox Inn at Thorpe Waterville is popular, whilst to the north, it is just six miles to the National Trust’s Lyveden New Bield, an Elizabethan lodge left incomplete when its owner Sir Thomas Tresham died in 1605.Why not team your champing trip with a paddle along the River Nene with our partners, Canoe2?

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1 Bedroom(s), 16 Sleeps
Bed & Breakfast


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Rate summary £39 - £49 - - 1 Nights -


Check in: 10:00 / Check out: 18:00
£19 per child per night (under 16)
Single supplement of £20 per adult per night.

Please note that your booking is exclusive to you – the church is all yours on a first-come, first-served basis.

£10 breakfast
Pets: Some pets, please enquire
Smoke: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: No
Elderly or infirm: Not suitable
Wheelchair: No

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