TAMWORTH Castle will provide the perfect backdrop for creepy and bone-chilling entertainment this Halloween with family-friendly spooky activities on offer for people of all ages.
The week of spooky ghostly goings-on will take place from this weekend, between Saturday 26th October and Thursday 31st October, with daytime activities for children from 10:30am until 3pm each day.
The ever-popular Haunted Castle event invites families to encounter a series of creepy characters, as well as take part in a range of activities as they tour the castle.
They will meet cackling hags along the way, while Master Slaughter will attempt to steal some of their body parts! Only the bravest will leave without being scared.
The Halloween events will culminate in a late-night ghost hunt on Thursday 31st October. Visitors will be able to tour the castle and conduct candlelit vigils in rooms which, according to town legends, are haunted by an array of ghostly figures. Only a handful of tickets remain for this event, which must be booked in advance.
This October is the perfect time to explore the historic castle and have fun finding out more about the myths and legends of Tamworth’s haunted past.
Historic reports of strange noises, furniture being moved and ghostly horses running around the castle all add to the air of mystery surrounding this ancient building.
The most famous ghostly encounter was with the ‘Black Lady’. Legend has it that in the 12th century, the 3rd Baron Marmion was visited by the ghost of the 9th-century nun Editha, who had been expelled from Polesworth Abbey by the Baron’s ancestors. She told him that unless the nuns were allowed to worship at Polesworth Abbey again, the Baron would meet an untimely and painful death. Troubled by the vision, the Baron allowed the nuns to return to the abbey.
If you want to be spooked you can see admission prices or book tickets online in advance by visitint www.tamworthcastle.co.uk, or calling Tamworth Information Centre on 01827 709618.
Admission is currently available at a reduced price due to some areas being closed as a result of work to create a brand new Battle and Tribute exhibition showcasing pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard and the town’s Anglo-Saxon history.
Cllr John Chesworth, the Cabinet Member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Tamworth Castle is the ideal setting for a spooky Halloween experience. This October is the perfect time to explore the historic castle and have fun finding out more about the myths and legends of Tamworth’s haunted past.”