Castle’s ghostly secrets revealed

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FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Hallowe’en events at Bolsover Castle, English Heritage is promising even more ghostly apparitions and gruesome tales from the grave for its biggest ever Hallowe’en event.

Hallowe’en week will see family activities during the day and two evening openings when Bolsover Castle’s ghostly secrets will be revealed with special illuminations, ghostly effects and costumed actors.

Lynsey Coombs, English Heritage visitor operations manager says, “Our fun Hallowe’en activities during the day will appeal to families with younger children, whilst our two spine chilling nights are not for the faint hearted! Visitors will be able to explore the illuminated castle and grounds at night. There will be encounters with Bolsover’s infamous ghosts, spine chilling tales of death, betrayal, and injustice, and the opportunity to visit the very rooms where ghostly apparitions and supernatural phenomenon have been witnessed.”

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, is reputedly one of the country’s most haunted castles. They get so many reports of paranormal activity that staff keep a special ‘ghost book’ for visitors to record their experiences. Celebrities including Toyah Willcox and Ruth Madoc have fallen under Bolsover Castle’s haunting spell whilst filming features on ghost hunting at the castle.

Time Travellers Go…Ghosts and Ghouls

From Monday 24 to Friday 28 October, special children’s activities are on offer with Time Travellers Go…Ghosts and Ghouls. Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Take part in a knee trembling trail around the grounds to find the hidden tomb and discover who lies within. Create your own terrifying decorations in our craft area and wander the grounds with our very own ghost hunter as he tells gruesome tales of times gone by! Adult £7.80/Conc £7.00/Child £4.70/Family £20.30. EH members free entry. Plus £1 for every child (members and non-members)

The Ghostly Castle at Night

On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October Bolsover Castle will open its gates at 6pm for two nights of spooky Hallowe’en fun. Have you got what it takes to brave the castle after dark? Find out about some of Bolsover’s more horrific happenings and ghostly goings on, then explore the site by torchlight and meet some the castle’s previous residents: they are dying to meet you.

The Castle at Night Hallowe’en event is from 6pm- 9pm (last entry 8.15pm) on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October. Booking tickets is recommended as places are limited. Adult £10.00, Concessions £9.00, Children £6.00. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 0870 333 1183.