Ever since I was a little girl I've been intrigued by the supernatural. Whether or not you believe in such things, there is no denying the mystery that surrounds local legends - and the spooky tales that are handed down through the ages can send a shiver of excitement down even the most sceptical of spines. So with Halloween on the horizon I decided to do a little research into the history of my town - Bishops Stortford. In all honesty I was blown away by the sheer scale of ghostly happenings that have occurred in this little town of mine, and with the help of my fearless young niece Georgia, and using author Jenni Kemp's book Haunted Stortford as our guide, we set off on an adventure of our own. We spoke to locals, investigated haunted locations and yes I admit, we also sang the theme tune from Ghostbusters on more than once occasion. So please join us on a virtual tour of our haunted town, and if you live locally and you'd like to take part in person simply grab your torch, print out this map and instructions and venture out into the streets of Bishops Stortford on Halloween night! As you arrive at each premises you'll find these stories on the windows of each haunted premises. As a spooky bonus, if you present the map when you arrive at the Star Inn pub you’ll get a free pint of cask ale, a hot drink or a Virgin Mary to help calm your nerves and warm your cockles! Tweet to let me know how you get on with the hashtag #bishopsstortfordghostwalk.
For those taking part in person on Halloween: This is not a guided tour, simply take your cut-out map and instructions and go at your own pace. When you arrive at each destination you’ll find the details of each haunting so you can read them aloud to your companions. Spoiler alert! I've included the stories below for those who can't make the walk in person so if you'd rather read it on the ghost walk simply skip to the instructions. This walk does not include any actors or ‘frights' - other than those you create yourself! But do note it may not be suitable for young children, as some of the stories contain adult content.
You will need:
Flask of hot toddy (optional)
Waterproofs in case of rain!