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Cheshire’s Most Haunted?

By on October 15, 2011

Steel yourself for spooky goings-on this Hallowe’en at Tatton Old Hall’s Half Term Hauntings.
The Tudor manor house is fast gaining a ghoulish reputation as one of the spookiest film locations in the North West.

In recent years, the Old Hall ghouls have been frightfully busy putting in a number of rather ethereal appearances on Living TV’s Most Haunted and ITV 3’s Ladykillers. The Old Hall has also recently received a five star rating in the AA guide to ‘Haunted Britain’. If you’re looking for a spine-chilling setting, there’s none better!

Paranormal investigators have (allegedly – though the dead don’t sue) found nearly a dozen active ghosts at this historic hall.  Legend has it that the Victorian parlour is haunted by a dour 19th century gamekeeper. Another spectral squatter has been ‘seen’ cleaning his gun with a faithful dog at his feet.  In the Great Hall several people have felt their hair being tugged and a cord or ribbon slowly tightening around their necks.

We challenge you, brave visitor, to see or feel it for yourselves at our Half Term Hauntings from Tuesday, October 25 to Sunday, October 30.

Walk or tremble your way through the haunted house, especially spectrally dressed for Hallowe’en and prepare to have your rafters rattled!  Braver souls can get up close and personal and help solve the Horrible History Mystery.
Skittish (mostly Tatton staff) and younger visitors will be able to calm their nerves by taking part in monstrous mask making and frightful face painting or by enjoying the children’s funfair.

Old Hall staff advise visitors to come in large numbers.
Old Hall steward Mick Ricketts said: “Our ghosts appear to have a transparent appetite for putting in an appearance for our visitors. As always, we recommend safety in numbers and dress ‘spooktacularly’ to try and scare off our spectres”.

During October Half Term there is also a ‘Get Squashed’ event in the gardens.  Visitors can enjoy the fantastic display of the autumn harvest of tasty gourds, marrows and squashes – not forgetting some corking courgettes. Younger visitors can take part in a pumpkin poetry trail, which will lead children around the gardens in search of the ‘pumpkin tree.’

Hallowe’en Hauntings at the Old Hall: from Tuesday, October 25 to Sunday, October 30 from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Prices: adult £5, child £3 (five-15 years), family £13 (two adults and up to three children).  Prices apply to National Trust members. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies. There are small, additional charges for face painting and mask making.

Get Squashed in the Gardens:
from Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 from 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm).  Garden entry free to National Trust members.   Prices: Adult £5, child £3 (five-15 years), family £13 (two adults and up to three children).  Totally Tatton tickets (entry to mansion, gardens and farm): adult £8, child £4, family £20.  Group discounts for 12 or more people available if booked in advance. National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm.  Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.

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