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15/10/15 - Halloween Half Term Tatton Park prepares to `scare the living daylights’ out of anyone who visits the Old Hall this half term!

Only the brave (and foolish?) decide to pluck up the courage and venture in to the Old Hall at Tatton Park during October half term when it’s at its most haunted. Even paranormal investigator Yvette Fielding revealed “if someone offered me a million pounds to sleep there the night – no way, no way!” commenting that the Old Hall is the best spot in Britain to experience ghostly goings on (www.radiotimes.com, Aug 13th 2014).

So, this October half term, see if you can persuade friends and family to find out for yourself why Ms Fielding says that “it’s everything you actually imagine horror nightmares to be!”

The team at Tatton are also hoping that one or more of the Old Hall’s resident ghosts will make an appearance as they approach Hallowe’en. Over the past few years over a dozen have been encountered at the Old Hall. It is widely believed that a former estate worker from the 1800s haunts the building’s Victorian parlour. Another spectral squatter has been ‘seen’ cleaning his gun with a faithful dog at his feet.  In the Great Hall several people have felt their hair being tugged and a cord or ribbon slowly tightening around their necks. Footsteps are frequently heard on the upstairs corridor and a number of paranormal groups have reported the presence of mischievous children. Several mediums have mentioned a matriarchal figure that looks after the Old Hall.

The Old Hall has received a 5 spook rating in the AA guide to ‘Haunted Britain’ and the venue has also appeared in frightening and gruesome productions including Living TV’s Most Haunted and ITV 3’s Ladykillers. 

It’s also the location of choice for fans of the paranormal who spend long dark nights looking for signs of out of the ordinary activity in this ancient tudor manor house.

Staff at Tatton have experienced other ghostly happenings during their working days (and nights!). The Stables Restaurant bakers refer to the distant sound of horses’ hooves on the Stableyard cobbles early in the morning. A lady in white has been seen more than once on the mansion staircase hall by staff and visitors. The faint smell of cigarette smoke has been noted a number of times near the Lemon bedroom used by Lady Anna Egerton who is known to have smoked. 

Enough inferred! Come along and witness something frightening for yourselves during Half Term Hauntings from Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, October 31 when you can meet our spirits and spectres. Some will scare, some won’t. Some are real, many aren’t – or can you tell?  Some are friendly (but not that many!) Old Hall co-ordinator Mick Ricketts said “Even if the Old Hall isn’t genuinely haunted it looks and feels that it should be. Five hundred years of history has left its mark and no doubt countless ghost stories have been told in that time. People of a nervous disposition, and that includes me, should be aware that the hall is very scary but fun. After all it also has a tradition of over fifteen years of horrible hallowe’en hauntings to uphold as well. So, our guests need to gather enough courage to step into the candle lit but foreboding great hall and begin a journey of frightful laughter.”

During October half term the farm, mansion and gardens will be joining in the fun with plenty of additional activity for a full thrilling and action packed day out including ghost hunting in the gardens, solving the mansion mystery and conker fun at the farm. Families can enjoy a discounted Totally Tatton ticket which allows entry to 3 of these attractions (haunted old hall, mansion, gardens and farm) for just £27.50 (adult price £11, child price £5.50). Car entry £5.

Full information about October Half term at Tatton Park can be found at  www.tattonpark.org.uk/halloween

For further information about this release contact:  Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417/ Email: Vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk 

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit