Kelham Island opens for evening of spooky fun

Billy 'The missing boy' and ARP Warden Charles Swanston are haunting Kelham Island Museum.
Billy 'The missing boy' and ARP Warden Charles Swanston are haunting Kelham Island Museum.
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ARE you brave enough to find what goes on at Kelham Island Museum after the doors are closed for the night?

A spooky night of storytelling and ghost hunting is taking place as part of Sheffield Children’s Festival - but it is definitely only for the brave.

The Kelham Haunting will be held on Saturday, with two family-focused tours at 7.30pm and 9pm. Tours are not recommended for under-eights.

They will be followed by a no-holds-barred ‘adult only’ tour starting at 10.30pm.

Families will be led around the museum by costumed characters and hear entertaining stories from characters who had lived at Kelham Island in times gone by.

Niki Connolly, events and marketing officer at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said visitors would certainly not be alone.

“We are always keen to deliver events that reflect the heritage here at Kelham Island and the stories our visitors will hear are based on factual events and real people, recreated by our talented costumed characters,” she said.

“The event is set to be very special and we have even filmed a preview to set the scene and draw visitors into the story.

“The earlier tours are designed to be family orientated so children can enjoy seeing the museum at night.

“But our adult only tour is set to be very spooky and will leave you with the hairs stood up on the back of your neck.”

Each character will reveal their own story in the hunt to find a missing boy who was spotted after World War II bombs rained down on Kelham Island.

Organisers say booking is essential. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children or £12 for a family ticket.

The adults only tour costs £8 per person. Call 0114 272 2106, email ask@simt.co.uk or visit the museum shop.