Wales’s Historic Sites have Spooky Tales to Tell this Halloween

Thursday 25 October 2012

Wales's historic sites have spooky tales to tell this Halloween

Wales's historic sites have spooky tales to tell this Halloween

Whether you’re planning to trick-or-treat your neighbours, carve pumpkins and play apple bobbing or tell scary stories and watch horror films this Halloween, for a really spooky experience explore one of Cadw’s historical sites, where stories of ghosts and myths  abound.

945-year old Chepstow Castle, which boasts the oldest wooden castle doors in Europe, is home to plenty of spooky and mysterious happenings. There’s been a sighting of deceased Henry Marten - a prisoner of Charles II back in 1668, and reports of hearing spooky knocking on the castle doors. A locked away chess set with mysterious moving pieces has been seen, and some have smelt onions cooking at the back of the castle shop, which used to be the castle kitchen. Others have even felt several ‘cold spots’ throughout the castle, an indication perhaps of unpleasant happenings in the past? Visitors can discover the enchanting world of Welsh myths at Chepstow Castle’s Welsh Witches and Wizards event on 27 - 28 October.  

Raglan Castle, one of the last medieval castles to be built in Wales, has played host to several ghostly happenings. The Bard is the most famous and regular sighting. He was apparently caught on camera in the 1980s, and is still seen around the castle today.  Some say he is the guardian of sacred Celtic manuscripts, which may have been walled up in a secret tunnel during the Civil War. It is suggested that through his appearances the Bard is  hinting where the manuscripts are buried. A knight and a young Welsh Lord have been spotted by visitors over the years, and on occasions ‘old fashioned’ music has been heard coming from the great hall. Visitors can find out more at Raglan’s Haunted History Tour on Monday 29 October and The Big Draw – Medieval Ink event at the castle on 30 October.

Beaumaris Castle - the most technically perfect castle in Britain and the last of Edward I’s constructions in north Wales. There have been several spooky goings-on at the castle including reports of strange chanting in the chapel, a feeling of being watched in the long corridors and an overbearing sense of loneliness felt by visitors in the castle and its grounds.  Reports of distressed screams have also been heard. Visitors are invited to come and find out for themselves, to see if they can hear the screams or feel the chill in the castle corridors. Beaumaris Castle is holding  Halloween Fun Days on 27 and 28 October.  

Edward I’s Rhuddlan Castle, situated on the banks of the river Clwyd, has seen much bloodshed in its time. A well known medieval folk tale is that of the knight in the blood red plume. A wedding was due to take place between a princess from north Wales and a prince from south Wales, a marriage to unite the north and the south.  A knight in a blood red plume appeared at the wedding and won the heart of the princess, and then killed both her father and the prince. The princess was so traumatised by the killings her ghost has been seen roaming round the castle, crying out for her father and the prince. Visitors can enjoy further spooky goings on at Rhuddlan on Wednesday 31 October at Rhuddlan’s Spooky Day, where there will be lots of bloodcurdling hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Event highlights are included below and a full list is available at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/events  

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Cadw Halloween events: 

Saturday 27 October, 9.30am – 5pm and Sunday 28 October, 11am – 5pm

Halloween Themed Fun Day, Beaumaris Castle

A day of fun and games with a Halloween theme for children.  Join in the skeleton scavenger hunt and make your own Trick or Treat bag. Fun and craft activities are guaranteed to chill and thrill. Make no bones about it if you miss it you miss out! Call 01248 810 361 for more information or visit http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/allevents/?lang=en&site=6468266

Saturday 27 October – Sunday 28 October, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Welsh Witches and Wizards, Chepstow Castle

White witches and Welsh wizards cast away the gloom with spells and potions as winter comes. Discover the enchanting world of Welsh myth and legend relating to witchcraft and wizardry. Normal admission applies. Call 01291 624065 for more information or visit http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/allevents/6400520/?lang=en

Monday 29 October, 7pm – 8.30pm

Raglan’s Haunted History Tour, Raglan Castle

Come and take part in a moonlit haunted history tour where you can discover all the ghostly sightings and the gory ancient history. Visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and to bring a torch.  Tickets cost £7.50  per person.  For more information and to book tickets call 01291 690228 or visit  http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/allevents/?lang=en&site=5768624  

Tuesday 30th October, 10am – 4pm

The Big Draw – Medieval Ink, Raglan Castle

As part of The Big Draw campaign come and learn more about calligraphy and how medieval pens were made. Children can also make their own spooky Halloween pictures, all materials will be provided. For more information call 01291 690 228 or visit http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/allevents/?lang=en&site=5768624  

Wednesday 31 October, 10-4pm (activities 12-4pm)

Spooky Day, Rhuddlan Castle

Join us for this fun day out with lots of bloodcurdling hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Dress up in your own Halloween costume - and get a spooky treat! Call 01745 590 777 for more information, or visit http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/events/allevents/6626895/?lang=en  

For more information about Cadw sites and what’s happening in your area this half term holiday visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk 

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