Spooky stories at Newstead Abbey this weekend

NMAC11-2787-1'Newstead Abbey staff who will be involved with Halloween events next weekend.
NMAC11-2787-1'Newstead Abbey staff who will be involved with Halloween events next weekend.

NEWSTEAD Abbey must be one of the county’s prime locations for ghost hunting and hearing spooky stories.

The building’s long corridors, dark hidey holes and ‘horrible’ history make it the perfect place for all things Hallowe’en.

And this year, residents have the chance to experience this for themselves, as Newstead is holding several special Hallowe’en events.

The programme kicks off with Ghost & Ghoul evenings this Friday and Saturday.

Not for the faint-hearted, spooky tales will be told and booking is required, with tickets £20 per person, including refreshments.

The Cafe Courtyard plays host to a Hallowe’en fun day on Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Aimed at kids aged five to 12, there will be a range of different Halloween-themed craft activities. The cost is £1, plus normal admission fees.

There will also be an afternoon ghost tour of the house on the same day from 3-4pm, telling stories about events that people have seen, felt or sensed.

Booking is essential and this is priced at the normal admission fees of £10 for adults and £8 for concessions, and includes a drink.

A spooky outdoor torchlight trail around the gardens and Monks Wood is being held on Hallowe’en itself from 5.30pm to 7pm, priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions, including a jacket potato and hot drink.

There is also another Ghost & Ghoul event during the evening and booking is required for both of these.

The Hallowe’en season is rounded off with a Ghostly Encounters tour of the Abbey and afternoon tea at the Cafe on Sunday 6th November, priced at £20 per person.

Booking is required.

Said Penny Beniston, house steward: “Newstead Abbey has a magical spooky atmosphere making it the ideal venue for Halloween. If you are looking to be scared, spooked or just to have fun, visit Newstead this weekend.”

For more information or to book any of the events, call 455900 or visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/newsteadabbey.