ANYONE who has been to Lord Byron’s ancestral home Newstead Abbey will know that it is steeped in history.
Now people who are interested in paranormal activity will be able to explore its history at a ghost hunting night next month.
The event, which takes place on 25th February between 7pm and midnight, is hosted by Haunted Events UK.
Paranormal investigator Lee Roberts, from Sutton, and medium Michelle Hare, from Huthwaite, are behind the company, which they set up at the end of 2010.
“It’s my job to make sure everything is being done correctly, and to prove or disprove what is happening,” says Lee, who has been a paranormal investigator for 15 years.
Newstead Abbey has always been a special place for Lee because it was here that his interest in the paranormal was first sparked.
He said: “I am obviously interested in Lord Byron because apparently he has been seen on a number of occasions and also the White Lady.
“When I was six, I went to Newstead Abbey and I was told the story of the White Lady and that’s what got me into the paranormal.
“One of my friends felt the presence and collapsed. Ever since that day, I have been hooked on the paranormal.”
The event at Newstead Abbey will begin with a guided tour and Michelle will take the opportunity to look for areas to explore.
The group will then be split into smaller groups so they can make further investigations.
Some group members will use specialist equipment such as a ‘contact board’ - which Lee describes as a safer version of a ouija board.
“We use it to contact spirits who are already there,” he says.
“We just use the spirits that are already there - we don’t bring anything else in.”
Lee and Michelle also run Evolved Psychic and Paranormal, an interactive stage show to test Michelle’s mediumship.
Lee said: “Michelle does the mediumship on stage and I do the experiments and get people to join in.”
The pair have other events planned for the coming year, including one at Sherwood Forest on 13th July.
Chad has teamed up with Haunted Events UK to offer one lucky reader a VIP ticket to the ghost hunt at Newstead Abbey.
In addition to taking part in the event, you will be able to go behind the scenes with Lee and Michelle and see how the experiments are set up.
To enter, get your copy of this week’s Chad (25th February)