STRATFORD-upon-Avon needs little introduction as a historical hotspot.
The world famous bard’s birthplace draws in the crowds as does Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the canals and the chance to see Shakespeare’s plays performed by the RSC.
With all that history it comes as no surprise that there a good few rumours of ghosts roaming streets and buildings.
The Falstaff Experience in the town even makes an income out of such paranormal rumours. Now the town is hosting its first ever ‘ghost festival’.
Disappointingly this doesn’t entail ghoulish rock bands playing in graveyards (The Dead Kennedy’s would’ve been perfect) instead the festival is focusing on a few venues in the town centre, providing guided tours and the chance to take part in ghost hunts and paranormal workshops.
With any luck you may end up bumping into an archer from the time of Henry VIII, a serial murderer from the 18th century, a young pickpocket and catholic gentleman from the time of the reformation. They’re an eclectic lot these ghosts.
The ghost hunting is a serious business, and you’ll need some stamina with some of the events going on until 4am.
The festival runs from June 18 -21 and is organised by Fright Nights, a ghost hunting company, for more details see www.frightnights.co.uk.
Events range from free Psychic Fair on Sunday to an exclusive overnight ghost hunt with Ian Lawman and a team of investigators which costs £69.
To book call Fright Nights on 0114 276 4644 or see the website.