A TALE OF LOVE & TRAGEDY FOR VALENTINES SEASON

A brand-new art installation will tell a 16th century tale of love beyond the grave at Samlesbury Hall in February 2024.

Lancashire’s most haunted hall will celebrate the season of love this February with an art installation presenting the tragic tale of two 16th century star-crossed lovers between February 1st and 29th 2024.

Three rooms at the Hall will feature a fictional series of hand-written ‘love letters’ between Lady Dorothea Southworth and her lover Richard De Hoghton.  The installation is inspired by the famous Lancashire story of two religiously opposed families whose respective daughter and son met secretly during an era of religious persecution.

The letters, plus trinkets illustrating the tale, will be presented in vintage display cases which were recently discovered in the attic at Samlesbury Hall, and it is hoped this free exhibit will draw visitors this Valentines season.

Sharon Jones, Director of Samlesbury Hall said “the tale of Lady Dorothea Southworth and Richard De Hoghton is hotly contested by some, but the story itself is part of our history and this new installation will present the tale is a way which we hope visitors will find intriguing.”

Love Never Dies… will be installed at the Hall between 1st and 29th February 2024.  Admission is free, donations are welcome.  There is no need to book, just turn up.  Please check the website for exact dates and times at www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

THE BRIDE IN THE ATTIC AT SAMLESBURY HALL…

Funding from the BIFFA Awards organisation allows Lancashire’s most famous haunted house to unlock new rooms to the public for the first time in seven centuries…

Dating back to 1325, the 14th century house is embracing the 21st century and celebrating their upcoming 700th anniversary with new developments made possible through funding granted by Biffa Awards.  Part of this new exhibition includes the intriguing Witch’s Garret and Ghost Room, both of which were previously closed off to the public.

Sharon Jones, Director of Samlesbury Hall said “this generous funding has allowed us to open The Ghost Room and The Witch’s Garret which are located in the attic of the Hall, for the first time.  We have also re-interpreted several of our first floor rooms with new content to expand our engagement with the public”.

The complex history of the hall is now being made more accessible to the public, using key characters from the past to present a fresh interpretation of history through displays, interactive elements and media.

Jason Karl, Creative Director at AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment said “working with such a rich tapestry of legend, history and local lore gave us a broad spectrum of content regarding the famous ghost of ‘The Lady in White’.  The Ghost Room presents an imagined ‘moment in time’ which imparts the story using audio, projection and lighting effects, while The Witch’s Garret explores the witchcraft connections with the Hall”.

The Ghost Room, The Witch’s Garret and re-interpreted upstairs rooms will be open to the public during the Hall’s normal opening times from Friday 17th November 2023.  Admission is free and donations are welcome.  Opening times can be found on the website at www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

SCAREOWEEN AT SEWERBY HALL THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON…

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is presenting its first ‘Scareoween’ scare attraction for the Halloween season in 2023.

Set inside the historic hall, this brand-new scare entertainment experience for brave families, friends and those who dare to enter will combine live performers and special effects to immerse guests in a walk -through living ghost story…

The production is being designed and produced by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment, Europe’s biggest scare entertainment company, who have produced similar experiences all over the world.

Jason Karl, Creative Director of AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment said: “We are excited to bring our unique blend of fun and fear together inside Sewerby Hall this coming ‘scare season’ for Scareoween.

“Guests can expect an immersive story, live scareactors, lighting and sound which will transform the hall into a ghostly adventure”.

Inspired by local history, Scareoween will present a fictitious story set in the Victorian heyday of Spiritualism and the supernatural.

Guests will enter the experience in a small group to explore the darkened interiors of the Hall and encounter a hoard of characters and scares as the story comes to life.

For those who dare to hang around, the spookiness will continue with Eerie Tales in the Courtyard, performed by Spotlight Theatre, where guests will be able to grab refreshments from the Clock Tower Café, to watch, listen and be prepared to be entertained!!!

Councillor Nick Coultish, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said : “Scareoween will be a brilliant experience for our brave families in the East Riding, and is further proof that Sewerby Hall and Gardens is truly a year-round attraction. I have no doubt that this will prove very popular, and I very much hope it will become an annual addition to the Sewerby calendar!”

Scareoween will unlock its doors for those brave enough to enter nightly between Thursday, 26 October and Tuesday, 31 October, 2023 from 6pm.

There will be 40 tickets available every 20 minutes, with 12 sessions a night. Sessions will run from 6pm every 20 minutes. The last slot available will be 9.40pm each night (only ten tickets available in this slot).

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available for £15 per person online at https://sewerbyhall.co.uk/scareoween

The event is suitable for those aged 10+ and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Full terms and conditions are online.

A NEW IMMERSIVE GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS AT SAMLESBURY HALL IN 2023…

Following the sell-out success of Samlesbury Hall’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2022, the hall presents ‘Lot 13 – A New Ghost Story for Christmas’ in 2023.

Lancashire’s most haunted hall will once again become the backdrop for A Ghost Story for Christmas when a brand new spine-tingling seasonal play titled Lot 13 opens at Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, in December 2023.

Sharon Jones, Director of Samlesbury Hall said “Christmas and ghost stories go hand in hand, and we have established our annual ghost plays over the last two years.  For our third year we are breaking the mould by offering something new that has never been seen before, and we are excited to present this dramatic new ghost story to audiences looking for a family-friendly spine-chilling experience.”

The 40-minute production is designed for families and lovers of ghost stories and is now an annual event at the Hall.  The audience will ‘travel through time’ as the ghostly Christmas tale comes vividly to life in four dimensions, and will be guided through the rooms of the hall as they watch each scene of the story unfold.

Jason Karl, from AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment, who are producing the play said “Lot 13 is a brand new ghost story which was inspired by the legendary 18th century tale ‘The Mistletoe Bough’.  It has been adapted with an additional plotline and is set simultaneously in the present day and in the roaring 1920’s.  The audience are invited to attend the hall’s ‘Christmas Auction’ of antiques, but not everything is as it seems, and someone ends up paying a higher price than they bargained for…  Featuring a tragic game of hide-and-seek and a shocking discovery, Lot 13 offers the perfect seasonal thrill, set against the spectacular backdrop of historic Samlesbury Hall”.

Lot 13 – A New Ghost Story for Christmas combines live actors and theatrical storytelling to present a promenade theatre experience.  Performances last approximately 40 minutes and begin at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm on the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December 2022.  Tickets are £20 (+ booking fee) per person and must be booked in advance at https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Preston/Samlesbury-Hall/

NEWSHAM SCREAM PARK – THE NORTH WEST’S ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE!

Newsham Scream Park is coming this Halloween

  • The historic and haunted site in Liverpool becomes Newsham Scream Park this Halloween.
  • Three terrifying scare attractions will wind through the building’s creepy corridors and decaying dormitories, filled with horrifying thrills at every turn – Insanitorium, The Orphanage and strictly aged 18+ HELLuminati
  • Newsham Scream Park will be the UK’s scariest Halloween destination this autumn.
  • Asylum Entertainment Limited have teamed up with one of the Europe’s biggest scare attraction companies to create the blood-curdling experience.
  • Open on selected dates between Friday 13th October to Sunday 5th November.
  • Tickets on sale at newshamscreampark.com

Imposingly stood on the fringes of Newsham Park, a derelict building stands tall. With bright afternoon sun falling upon the brickwork, it could easily be mistaken for an old hotel left to ruin – its windows boarded up, perimeters overgrown.

But this is no ordinary place. This is Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool.

Long ago, the Victorian Grade II listed building was the site of a Seamen’s orphanage, hospital, asylum and nursing home and now, by night, the walls echo with fragmented memories. Dark passages lead to shadowy basements and staircases descend into darkness, where claustrophobic spaces link to the past. Eddies of dust swirl across the courtyard when there’s no wind. A pervasive chill lingers in the main rooms and halls no matter the time of year. The site has wheelchairs and trolleys from decades ago, instruments of control and suppression.

Long since abandoned to the elements, Newsham Park Hospital is a mecca for ghost hunters and spectral thrill seekers, with many claiming to have seen spirits, heard whispers or felt the touch of something cold on their spine. It is regularly cited as one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, stalked by those who used to govern it or be its unfortunate guests. Many believe its history has left an indelible presence lurking in the corners, emerging only at night.

And this Halloween, something truly terrifying will stalk the cursed corridors and decayed dormitories – Newsham Scream Park.

Asylum Entertainment Limited have teamed up with one of Europe’s biggest scare attraction companies take over the derelict building and create a horrifying Halloween vision which will have no comparison. Three scare attractions will terrify guests – Insanitorium, The Orphanage and the strictly aged 18+ HELLuminati. Each experience will wind through the dark bowels of the building, filled with deepening dread and moments of sheer blood-curdling panic, as guests follow each nightmarish path through Newsham Scream Park.

Insanitorium and The Orphanage are included in the base ticket price and HELLuminati is extra with dates running from Friday 13th October to Sunday 5th November. The courtyard at Newsham Scream Park will include live music and DJs, a licensed bar, food vendors and an array of tarot card readers, mystics, spirit board guides and other curious characters.

Newsham Scream Park – The Three Scare Attractions

Insanitorium – The Doctor will see you now…

Check in for your appointment at The Goodwell Institute, where the masterminds of unethical medical science are attempting to discover the answer to the eternal question: what happens to the soul after death?

But be warned, The Invasia Procedure is not going to plan, and now delirium rules the wards inside the Insanitorium – you would be MAD to miss it…

The Orphanage – There will be no mercy…

Since 1913 The Blessed Sisters of Mercy have housed orphaned and unwanted waifs and strays at The Orphanage, providing an education and a home, dictated by a stern religious philosophy.

But home is not always where the heart is, and at the rotten core of the sisterhood dwells an ancient evil first invoked by Sister Mary Mercy, and which must be appeased in the most diabolic way…

HELLuminati – Membership is open

Hidden within the bowels of the Asylum lies the headquarters of an ancient secret society known as the Helluminati; a worldwide network of wealthy individuals with omnipotent global control.

The members amuse themselves by doctoring what they call ‘the meat’; obtained by illegal auctions in the deepest parts of the dark web.

Membership is now open. But are you suitable to join the sick and twisted minds of the members, and their enigmatic leader – Omega, inside HELLuminati, or are you simply ‘meat’?

Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th July for Newsham Scream Park.

Newsham Scream Park
Running from Friday 13th – Sunday 5th November on selected dates
11B Orphan Dr, Tuebrook, Liverpool, L6 7UL
First scare maze from 6pm – last entry to mazes is 9.30pm
Insanitorium and The Orphanage – £25 + booking fee
HELLuminati – £15 per pair + booking fee (strictly aged 18+ only)
Tickets go on sale Friday 7th July from: www.newshamscreampark.com

FAMILY TREASURE HAUNT COMES TO SAMLESBURY HALL THIS OCTOBER

Lancashire’s most haunted hall will offer a free-to-attend Treasure Haunt experience for families on selected dates throughout October 2023.

The interactive challenge pits visitors to follow the clues through 6 rooms of Samlesbury Hall in order to discover a secret word which, when correctly discovered, unlocks a Halloween treat from the Wafflery Café.

Sharon Jones, Director of Samlesbury Hall said “Halloween is always a time for fun, and Samlesbury Hall is the perfect place for a family treasure hunting game.  Our free admission event will allow visitors to explore the hall during Halloween season, with nothing scary, no special effects or actors, and no Anneka Rice!”

Halloween Treasure Haunt will be available on selected dates throughout October 2023, there is no need to book, just turn up.  Please check the website for exact dates and times at www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

ATMOSFEAR BRINGS A NEW PAST TO LIFE AT SAMLESBURY HALL…

AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment has been commissioned to bring the past back to life at Samlesbury Hall in Lancashire, as part of a wider re-interpretation project of the building and its complex history.

Set to open later this year, two new rooms which have not been open to the public before will tell the tales of the buildings haunted past in four dimensions, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a ‘moment in time which might have been‘ as they uncover the secrets of witchcraft and hauntings at the hall.

Keep an eye on the hall’s social media channels for more details as they emerge at www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

SAMLESBURY HALL BRINGS A SEASONAL SPINE-TINGLE WITH ‘CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL’

Following the sell-out success of Samlesbury Hall’s ‘A Ghost Story for Christmas’ promenade theatre production in 2021, the hall presents ‘Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol’ for 2022…

Lancashire’s most haunted hall will once again become the backdrop for A Ghost Story for Christmas when a new spine-tingling seasonal adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol opens at Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, on selected nights in December 2022.

Lauren Machin, Deputy Director of Samlesbury Hall said “after the success of our first A Ghost Story for Christmas production in 2021, we are excited to present this Christmas classic in a brand-new way, inviting the audience to step into the story, as the theatre unfolds around them.  It is particularly apt that we are presenting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as the famous writer is said to have once stayed at the hall!”

The 40-minute production is designed for families and lovers of ghost stories and is now an annual offering at the Hall. The audience will travel back in time as the ghostly Christmas tale comes vividly to life in four dimensions and will be guided through the rooms of the hall as they watch each scene in the story unfold.

Jason Karl, from AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment, who are producing the play said “this classic story lends itself to the historical setting of Samlesbury Hall, and we are looking forward to bringing each of the ghosts to life using Victorian theatrical techniques to create an uplifting and suitably seasonal chill…”.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol combines live actors and theatrical storytelling to present a promenade theatre play which invites the audience to ‘step into the story’.  Performances last approximately 40 minutes and begin at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm on various nights in December 2022.  Tickets are £20 (+ booking fee) per person and must be booked in advance at https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Preston/Samlesbury-Hall/

DINOSAURS INVADE THEME PARK FOR A JURASSIC ENCOUNTER!

We recently designed and wrote a brand-new dinosaur show for Blackgang Chine theme park on the Isle of Wight.  The show includes live performers and actormatronics to bring to life an encounter with dinosaurs!

Jurassica Dinosaur Encounter is a ‘ROARsome’ new interactive dinosaur show for 2022. From Restricted Area 5, palaeontologist Doctor Livingstone, and his overly enthusiastic assistant Phoenix (…his real name is Eugene!) are showcasing their dinosaurs!

You can see the show at Blackganc Chine now, book your tickets at www.blackgangchine.com.