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Overnight in one of England's country churches
England’s Churches Conservation Trust is giving travellers the key to three of its historic buildings for overnight stays. The national charity takes care of 345 churches that are no longer used for regular worship. Their new camping-in-churches or “champing” initiative is a way to raise money, help preserve the buildings and promote “slow tourism.” The All Saints’ Church in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, the Church of St. Cyriac and St. Julitta at Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin** in Fordwich, Kent are taking two-day, one-night reservations for £60 ($118) per person through September. Guests get the entire church to themselves and breakfast is included. They have to bring their own bedding (inflatable or fold-out beds are provided). The buildings aren’t heated and don’t have shower facilities; the church in Aldwincle doesn’t have electricity. visitchurches.org.uk/champing.
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