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Samlesbury Hall’s ghost tours, spooky stories, and the chance to meet a witch

Written by on October 16, 2021

Spooky stories and family friendly ghost tours are on offer at one of Lancashire’s most historic halls this Halloween.

Samlesbury Hall is running a series of spine-tingling events in the run up to Halloween this year including spooky ghost tours and a chance to meet a wicked witch.

Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall has a distinctive, black and white exterior, set within beautiful gardens and offering a rich and fascinating heritage.

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And visitors will get the chance to discover the hall’s ghostly past and tales of times gone by at spellbinding events taking place at the hall this October.

Tour guide and actress Joanne Halliwell in the guise of the hall’s resident witch, Janey Southworth, is set to deliver gruesome tours around the hall this Sunday (October 17).

The family friendly event, entitled, ‘The Witch of Samlesbury Tour’ takes place at 11am and 2pm., with admission being free to the Sunday tour, and donations welcome.



The Great Hall at Samlesbury Hall
The Great Hall at Samlesbury Hall

The wicked witch will also be on hand again on Halloween itself when she tells bewitching tales on October 31 at a family friendly event beginning at 10am, with tours beginning in the Great Hall at 11am and 2pm.

Meanwhile, tour guide Simon Entwistle will be telling spooky tales of Samlesbury from the past on October 24, with the day starting at 10am and tours beginning at 11am and 2pm.

With beautiful community gardens, a stunning playground and a luxurious new restaurant and café, Samlesbury Hall is one of the region’s hidden gems.



A spooky room at Samlesbury Hall
A spooky room at Samlesbury Hall

Also among the hall’s top attractions are its breath taking woodland walks and animal area, to name but a few.

Believed to play host to legendary ghosts, Samlesbury Hall contains priest holes and a Victorian kitchen, and is renowned as one of the most haunted locations in Britain.

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing a white lady, said to be the tragic ghost of young Dorothy Southworth who is thought to wander the grounds, having died of a broken heart after her brother killed her lover in the 17th century.

Meanwhile, visitors have reported strange occurrences in the Great Hall, such as being slapped, feeling uncomfortable and spotting eerie shadows.



Victorian kitchen at Samlesbury Hall
Victorian kitchen at Samlesbury Hall

Receptionist Helena Coville said visitors and members of staff frequently reported ghostly events.

She said: “People always say that they have seen the white lady crossing the road outside, and they can feel the presence of her in the room.

“We have also had some staff saying that – and on the tours on a Sunday, people walk into a room and say that they can sense something. It’s something that does happen quite a lot on our Sunday tours.”



A child's doll at Samlesbury Hall
A child’s doll at Samlesbury Hall

Paranormal investigators have even attempted to get to the bottom of the ghostly happenings by attempting to record them, with UKTV’s ‘Most Haunted’ ghost hunters Yvette Fielding and Derek Acorah visiting the hall, along with a slew of historians and ghost hunters.

Samlesbury Hall holds a regular programme of ghost-hunt events where people can experience and participate in live interactive paranormal investigations.

To find out about the ghost event programme, visit Samlesbury Hall’s events listing.

To attend a ghostly visit, a witches in Lancashire tour or enquire about an overnight stay, please contact info@samlesburyhall.co.uk

For general information about Samlesbury Hall, at Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP, you can telephone 01254 812010 or email enquires@samlesburyhall.co.uk

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