11-13 March: Spooksfest York 2011

York - the most haunted city in the world? Photograph courtesy of Richard Fox
York – the most haunted city in the world? Photograph courtesy of Richard Fox

York is reputedly the most haunted city in Europe, if not the world, and it makes the ideal venue for a festival entirely devoted to the more ethereal and mystical areas of life (or perhaps that should be the afterlife). Spooksfest takes place in March this year and offers a variety of frighteningly tempting activities and events for families, friends and serious ghost hunters in search of something completely different. It’s scary, it’s spooky, but it’s also fun and immensely interesting, and it provides an ideal opportunity to discover some of the usually hidden aspects of the historic city of York and its many treasures.

You may quiver and quake, you may shake and tremble, but you’re sure to enjoy the many goings-on. Whether down the narrow ginnels and snickelways, or in the ancient buildings, or on the city walls where the history seems to seep from the very stones that were tramped and trodden by Roman legionnaires more than 1,600 years ago, there’s something for everyone – alive or dead – at the Spooksfest.

Visit York and In the Company of Ghosts have got together (with the help of their sponsor York Printing.com) to put on this weird and wonderful weekend with workshops and walks, as well as a welter of other-worldly activities.

Here’s a summary of what to expect:

Friday 11 March

City Screen showing Hell’s Ground with Special Guests

Fairfax House Ghost Stories by Candlelight

Family Spooky Treasure Hunt

Lunchtime and Evening Haunted Pub Walk

Mansion House Candlelit Tours and Spooky Stories

Spooksfest Recommended Ghost Walks

Treasurer’s House Haunted Cellar Tour

Saturday 12 March

The Dean Court Hotel’s Ghostly Supper Evening

An Evening with Ciaran O’Keeffe in the Treasurers House

Fairfax House Ghost Stories by Candlelight

Family Spooky Treasure Hunt

Ghost Hunting Workshop

Horrible History Family Walk

Lunchtime and Evening Haunted Pub Walk

Mansion House Candlelit Tours and Spooky Stories

Psychic and Medium Trail

Talks on the Supernatural and Paranormal

Treasurer’s House Haunted Cellar Tour

Spooksfest Recommended Ghost Walks

Sunday 13 March

Family Spooky Treasure Hunt

Ghost Stories Around the Fire at the Red Lion Pub

Horrible History Family Walk

Lunchtime and Early Evening Haunted Pub Walk

Psychic and Medium Trail

Spooksfest Recommended Ghost Walks

And if you’re thinking of heading to York for this ghoulish weekend, take a look on Hello Yorkshire for York hotels, York bed and breakfast and other accommodation in York.

Other haunting articles you may enjoy:

The Ghost Hunt of York