Haddon Hall transformed this Halloween

Haddon Hall west front showing the Norman / medieval Eagle Tower
Haddon Hall west front showing the Norman / medieval Eagle Tower
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A historic hall in Derbyshire ios to be transformed into a haunted house this Halloween.

Visitors to Haddon Hall near Bakewell will learn about some traditional customs to ward off unwanted spirits during two nights of mysterious tours and entertainment.

They will be greeted with a piece of bread soaked in ‘holy water’ to put in their pocket on arrival, as a cure against the curses of travelling after dark, and will learn about the lock which sealed the ancient font in Haddon Hall’s chapel to stop witches from using it for brewing their potions.

Vikki Stronge, visitor services manager, said: “The hall really transforms at night time.

“It is full of atmosphere and there’s a distinct feeling of the centuries of history that have passed before us here.

“Guests with even a little curiosity in the more eerie tales of the past will love this event.”

Tours will run on October 31 and November 1, every 30 minutes from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are £17.50 for adults and £8.50 for children, including a tour and drink.

To book a place call 01629 810 912.