Summoning up spirits for Victorian scares

One of East Yorkshire’s ‘jewels in the crown’ will turn the clocks back to the Victorian heyday of spiritualism and the supernatural for a brand-new event this Halloween.

Set amidst 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland on a dramatic cliff-top position overlooking Bridlington, Georgian country house Sewerby Hall will be staging its first ever walk-through scare attraction event.

Set inside the historic hall, and inspired by local history, Scareoween will see live performers and special effects bring a Victorian-themed ghostly adventure to life each night between 26 and 31 October.

Visitors will enter the house through the Orangery and travel through each room where live performers will be waiting to reveal their ghostly tales, while special lighting and spooky sounds will offer plenty of thrills and scares along the way.

The Halloween fun continues with Eerie Tales in the Courtyard, performed by Spotlight Theatre, where guests will also be able to grab frighteningly good refreshments from the Clock Tower Café, set within a converted Grade 2 listed stable block.

Designed and produced by AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment – Europe’s biggest scare entertainment company – the event is suitable for those aged 10 years and over, but all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets cost £15 per person and can only be booked online in advance.

Sewerby Hall already offers visitors a chance to travel back in time with the country house laid out as it would have looked in its prime of 1910, featuring furniture from the Victoria and Albert Museum and other nationally important collections.

Originally built between 1714 and 1720 for the Greame family – who lived at Sewerby until it was sold in 1934 – the house has evolved over its three centuries from a small Georgian villa into a resplendent country house with stunning sea views.

Surrounding the mansion, award-winning gardens feature Walled, Pleasure and Rose Gardens along with a Woodland Walk.

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