THERE’S some ghastly goings-on at Conisbrough Castle next week when Hallowe’en comes to town.
The venue is hosting a Ghosts and Ghouls Quest which challenges young visitors to take part in a variety of activities.
They will have to decode cryptic clues which will encourage them to seek out a range of scary models hidden around the site, this will culminate in a hunt for a gruesome gourd, the carved Conisbrough pumpkin.
Anyone completing the trail without using any tricks will receive a double treat – a certificate and a sweet.
Site manager Gavin Smithies said: “We’ve had our fair share of ghost stories linked to the castle over the years, from mysterious monks to grey ladies, but one of the most recent came from a school teacher visiting the castle who told staff of a lady she saw hide behind the door of the garderobe – the castle’s original toilet. When she want to investigate, there was no-one there. We’d love to hear any more stories – perhaps of strange sightings around the castle as families complete our fun trail.”
Other mysterious occurrences observed at Conisbrough Castle include floating lights spotted where the chapel would have stood – perhaps an echo of the candles that would have burned there – and heavy footsteps heard on the stairs of the otherwise-deserted keep.
The Ghosts and Ghouls Quest at Conisbrough Castle runs from Saturday October 27 to Sunday November 4, 10am to 4pm daily, with the castle itself open until 5pm. Admission prices are £4.60 for adults, £4.10 for concessions and £2.80 for children, or £12 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children).
More details on 01709 863329 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/conisbrough