FRIGHT NIGHTS: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
HAUNTED COLCHESTER WEEKEND
(2 NIGHTS 3 VENUES)
November 2018 - Friday 2nd (19:30) - Sunday 4th (10:00)
Fright Nights Cambridgeshire are proud to present a haunted weekend in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town and once known as the capital of Roman Britain. The weekend
includes ghost hunting at three amazing venues, Colchester Castle, which has over two thousand years of gruesome history as a place of battle, murder, and a gaol. Hollytrees Museum, perhaps the most unexplored, but incredibly active of the three venues, an eighteenth-century house set in the castle grounds. An eerie presence is regularly felt in the building, and recent phenomena has even caused staff to flee their post! Colchester Town Hall, a Baroque style building which boasts a 162ft Victorian tower with the statue of St Helena at the top, the patron saint of Colchester. An impressive building indeed, with 800 years of history, and many a ghost story attached. The weekend also includes two nights accommodation at the Red Lion Hotel. Dating back to 1465, the hotel is one of the oldest in Colchester and has seen murder and great tragedy take place. Three ghosts are known to haunt the Red Lion. Will you encounter one of them?
Our Haunted Colchester Weekend includes:
FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2018
NIGHT ONE – COLCHESTER CASTLE, HOLLYTREES MUSEUM AND THE BROOK RED LION HOTEL
SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2018
Saturday daytime is yours to explore the historic market town of Colchester. There as so many options to consider, such as Colchester Zoo, The Castle Park, The Beth Chatto Gardens, High Woods Country Park, Colchester Arts Centre or St Botolph’s Priory. These are just a few of the places worth while visiting, as well as there being shops and cafes and restaurants. There is something for everyone
NIGHT TWO – COLCHESTER TOWN HALL AND THE BROOK RED LION HOTEL
THE TOWN HALL
Colchester’s first Town Hall was built in 1160 and was called the Moot Hall. It was in the same location, meaning the site has been the focus of civic duties for over 800 years. The current Town Hall was built in 1898 in a Baroque Design. The 162ft Victorian tower was presented by industrialist James Paxman. At the top of the tower you can see the statue of the patron saint of Colchester, St Helena.
The Normans built the castle in the 11th century, but the gruesome history predates this, as it was actually built on the foundations of the Roman Temple which was attacked and destroyed in AD61 (and later rebuilt)
The house was built in 1718 on the site of an Elizabethan house by a London builder, Thomas Blagden, for Elizabeth Cornelisen of Camberwell, London. The detailed articles of agreement survive in the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford. Nothing of the earlier house survives, but some of the old timbers were reused within the new building.
THE BROOK RED LION HOTEL
The hotel has an extremely long history with the paranormal. It is one of the oldest inns in Colchester dating back to 1465. There are three ghosts linked to the hotel. The first is Alice Catherine Millar, who was actually murdered within the building during 1638. Her apparition has been seen in rooms 5, 6 and 10. She’s also been seen by staff in the hotel kitchen where she walks through a wall, which once would have been the doorway to her old bedroom. The spirit of a small boy is also seen in the hotel, mostly reports of his presence being sensed by children, but he has been seen on many occasions in the parliament room, and has appeared in photographs taken by guests staying at the hotel. It remains unknown who the boy is. Another known spirit, is that of a hooded monk said to have perished in a fire at the building which took place several hundred years ago. He is regularly sighted in the early hours, in particular in the reception area and rooms and corridors leading off the reception.
The event includes:
*Ghost hunts at three venues
*Accommodation on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February
*Breakfast on the mornings of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February
*Hot drinks and snacks provided throughout the weekend.
*Full use of ghost hunting equipment, psychic experiments
*Working with an experienced medium and ghost hunters
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