At one of the oldest and most historic houses in England, join us (if you dare!) at Haddon Hall this Halloween for two nights of mysterious tours and entertainment.
Haddon Hall has welcomed guests for centuries, and on All Hallows’ Eve and All-Saints’ Day, it could be some of those visitors from the past who join you on your evening tour of the house and grounds…
Visitors will be able to learn about some of the more traditional customs to ward off unwanted spirits at Haddon, such as being greeted on arrival with a piece of ‘holy water’ soaked bread to put in their pockets, as a cure against the curses of travelling after dark; and learning about the lock which sealed the ancient font in Haddon Hall’s chapel, to stop witches from using the font for brewing their potions.
“The hall really transforms at night time” describes Visitor Services Manager, Vikki Stronge. “It is full of atmosphere and there’s a distinct feeling of the centuries of history that’s passed before us here. Guests with even a little curiosity in to the more eerie tales of the past will love this event.”
Tours will run on 31 October and 1 November from 6.30pm every half hour until 8.30pm and Haddon’s superb banqueting hall will be transformed into a historic ‘tavern’ with roaring fires, serving drinks and snacks pre- and post-tour.
Children, under adult supervision, are welcome to the tours at 6.30pm and 7pm, (not suitable for children under 12) and pre-booking is essential. Tickets are £17.50 per adult, including specialist tour and drink, and £8.50 per child. Call the box office on 01629 810912 or book online.
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Notes to editors
- Haddon Hall is situated between Bakewell and Matlock in the Peak District National Park and is three miles from Chatsworth House.
- Lord Edward Manners inherited Haddon in 1999 on the death of his father the 10th Duke of Rutland. Manners is the family name of the Dukes of Rutland. Lord Edward is married to Gabrielle, Lady Edward Manners and they have twin boys Alfred and Vesey who were born in November 2013.
- Haddon was built as a Norman fort at the beginning of the 12th Century making it one the oldest houses in the country – and was added to and developed from then to the 17th century.