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SPOOKY TOURS AND GHOST WALKS @ BURGHLEY HOUSE

Spooky torch lit tours of one of England’s grandest Elizabethan houses return this month with even more scary stories and haunting hidden history.

Led by a costumed ghostly expert, the guided tours through creepy cellars and centuries-old cloisters take in some of the less visited areas of Burghley, on the edge of Stamford.

Designed to be scary but fun, the tours reveal Burghley’s ghostly goings-on across the centuries and promise plenty of history, as well as scares, during the 50-minute flickering torchlight trails.

Often an early sell-out, tickets are now on sale for Burghley’s Spooky Tours (October 17-31) – with slots at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm daily (excluding Sundays). The later the tour, the scarier the stories!

Local expert Martin Tempest – complete with swirling cape and torch lantern – will once again lead the tours, offering visitors scary snippets and tales of times past at this magnificent Elizabethan mansion.

Places are limited, so book early. For a taste of what’s on offer, check out the video on Burghley’s website, but be warned – the screams are real! Although only recommended for children aged 12 and above, Burghley leave it up to parents to decide.

Tickets: £18 each, available online only www.burghley.co.uk/events/spooky-tours/.

For autumn family fun with fewer scares – and more daylight – head to the Sculpture Garden and have a go at the Burghley Halloween Trail (Saturday October 20 – Sunday October 28). Tread through the crispy autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat (free with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket, Friends of Burghley or Annual Pass).

Stamford Ghost Walks

It turns out the Ghosts of Stamford aren’t just confined within the walls of Burghley House. The town’s full of creepy tales, which you can discover during the fun and informative ghost walks. Visit www.stamfordartscentre.com for full details.

Mikey Clarke

Photos: Lee Hellwing

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