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Wisbech Castle is ready to scare in Castle of Nightmares the sequel!




Volunteers are hoping to raise a scary amount of money for a historic building by holding a second Halloween spooktacular.

Wisbech Castle will be following on from last year's successful interactive scare attraction, Castle of Nightmares, with a sequel later this month.

Organisers are promising a scary spectacular when visitors are invited to tour the castle under the cover of darkness on Tuesday, October 29; Wednesday, October 30; and Friday, November 1.

Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle....Tony Barber. (4994723)
Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle....Tony Barber. (4994723)

Wisbech Castle with its vaults and links to dark eras of British history are proving to be the perfect setting for the event.

One of the people behind the scare attraction is Wisbech Town Councillor Steve Tierney.

He said: "The Castle of Darkness was our first Halloween event and sold out last year. It raised £2,000 for the castle.

"This year is also going really well and nearly half-of-the tickets are sold already."

Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle. (4994965)
Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle. (4994965)

The existing building was constructed on the site which was once home to a castle, built by William the Conquerer.

The site later became an ecclesiastical prison when Catholics were imprisoned during the time of Elizabeth 1 and James 1. It is believed that two members of the Gunpowder plot were also imprisoned at the Castle.

Another building was constructed on the site which later became home to Oliver Cromwell's spymaster, John Thurlow.

Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle. (4994962)
Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle. (4994962)

The current elegant building was constructed in the 18th century and was taken over by Wisbech Town Council in 2017.

Since then it has become a regular venue for five paranormal investigators.

Coun Tierney said: "All the teams that come along to the castle really like it.

Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle....Rebecca Harvey. (4994724)
Castle of the Dead at Wisbech Castle....Rebecca Harvey. (4994724)

"Each year we are hoping to reduce the amount of money we take from the town council. We would not be able to do this without the support of our volunteers."

The Castle is also supporting an initiative to help conserve the Black Bee.

There are five hives at the site and there are plans in the pipeline to organise a beekeeping club for the community.

Tickets to the Castle of Nightmares cost £5 from the Castle website.


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