22 October 2012

Three Northampton buildings will be the setting for some spooky ghost tours this Halloween (Wednesday 31st October).

Northamptonshire County Council’s Central Library, the Sessions House and Northampton Museum will host the ghost tours which will feature scary stories and true tales from Northamptonshire such as the Northampton Witch Trials, the Blazing Car Murder and the life of John Clare. Tour-goers will also hear about real psychic investigations that have taken place.

The events have been organised by the county council’s library service in partnership with the Royal and Derngate, Northants Paranormal Research Society with the support of volunteers from the youth theatre and secondary schools.

Money raised will be used to support the library service. If the tours are a success, it is proposed to organise similar events around the county, working with other arts venues and museums in the future.

County council cabinet member for customer and community services Councillor Heather Smith said: “These entertaining and spooky ghost tours will be a chance to find about the county’s haunted history at three of the town’s most significant buildings.

“This is the first time the library service has worked together with so many partners to organise events like these which will help raise money to support the library service. I’m sure they will be a very popular way to spend the scariest day of the year, so make sure you don’t leave it too late to book your place.”

The ghost tours will take place from 1pm to 9pm on Wednesday 31st October. Each tour lasts approximately 70 minutes and places are limited to 20 people per tour.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children under 16 (who must be accompanied by an adult). A family ticket for two adults and two children is £20.

To book visit www.royalandderngate.co.ukTours between 1pm and 4.40pm are suitable for families and children aged eight upwards. Tours from 5.20pm are suitable for families and children aged 13 upwards. These ages are a guideline for parents who can decide whether their children can attend.

Due to the nature of the locations and amount of stairs involved in this tour, it is not suitable for pregnant women or people with mobility difficulties, heart conditions and high blood pressure.

Some locations will be dimly lit so the tours are not recommended for people with visual impairments.

Tours are not suitable for people with a nervous disposition.