Castle ghost walks planned

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Spirits and spectres of Pontefract’s past will be brought to life when the annual ghost walks take place at Pontefract Castle later this month.

Pontefract Heritage Group is staging the annual walks at the castle on Wednesday October 31, Friday November 8 and Friday November 22.

Visitors will meet the ghosts of the Black Monk, Richard II and his executioner, John Nevison the highwayman, Tom of Bedlam and many others, who will tell tales of their lives in the castle.

There will even be a chance to experience what it was like to be a prisoner there during the Civil War.

Martin Lodge, of Pontefract Heritage Group, said: “Our ghost walks provide a rare opportunity for people to visit the castle at night.

“It has become the tradition for our Halloween audiences dress up for the occasion and it is wonderful to see the castle full of ghouls and ghosties of all ages.”

Two walks will be held on each night, a family walk starting at 7pm and an adult walk starting at 8.30pm.

Admission is by ticket only, which are on sale from the visitor centre at Pontefract Castle or by calling 01977 723440.

Visit www.pontefractheritagegroup.org.uk for more information.