___________________________________________________________ Ghost Hunting Events in Cambridgeshire, Essex and East Anglia 

Haunted Colchester Weekend – £189

booknowFright Nights Cambridgeshire are proud to present our first haunted weekend in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town and once known as the capital of Roman Britain. The weekend includes ghost hunting at three amazing venues,  Colchester Castle, which has over two thousand years of gruesome history as a place of battle, murder, and a gaol. Hollytrees Museum, perhaps the most unexplored, but incredibly active of the three venues, an eighteenth-century house set in the castle grounds. An eerie presence is regularly felt in the building, and recent phenomena has even caused staff to flee their post! Colchester Town Hall, a Baroque style building which boasts a 162ft Victorian tower with the statue of St Helena at the top, the patron saint of Colchester. An impressive building indeed, with 800 years of history, and many a ghost story attached. The weekend also includes two nights accommodation at the Red Lion Hotel. Dating back to 1465, the hotel is one of the oldest in Colchester and has seen murder and great tragedy take place. Three ghosts are known to haunt the Red Lion. Will you encounter one of them?

Our Haunted Colchester Weekend includes:

Friday 2nd November 2018

Night One – Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Brook Red Lion Hotel

  • 7.30pm – Meet at Colchester Castle
  • 7.30pm – Brief Introduction
  • 8pm-11pm – 100% Vigil in the most active areas of the castle with:
    • Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment
    • Experiments Including séances and Glass Divination, table tipping and dowsing
    • Your opportunity to participate in a medium led vigil
  • 11pm – Walk over to Hollytrees Museum (located in the Castle Park Grounds)
  • 11.15pm – 2am – 100% Vigil in Hollytrees museum with the same opportunity to participate in experiments, use our ghost hunting equipment and see what evidence our medium can pick up on. Refreshments will also be served during the evening.
  • 2am – Retire to the Brook Red Lion Hotel (a short walk from the castle park)

Accommodation is included in the price of your ticket for two nights, and is based on two people sharing a room. Breakfast is also included in the price of your ticket on Saturday and Sunday morning. Breakfast availability times and check in and out times will be emailed to you prior to the event. If you are a party of three, there is also the possibility of having an extra person stay in your room at a cheaper rate than a single room booking. If this is something you wish to discuss please contact Gemma on 07887837428 or email info@frightnights-cambs.co.uk before you make your booking! There is no car park at the hotel, however all guests receive a discounted parking rate of £4.50 for 24 hours in a secure carpark (NCP Osborne Street CO27DP) just a short walking distance away. For guests arriving with luggage or reduced mobility, there is a drop area outside the front door. Hotel staff are happy to help with porterage.

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Saturday daytime is yours to explore the historic market town of Colchester. There as so many options to consider, such as Colchester Zoo, The Castle Park, The Beth Chatto Gardens, High Woods Country Park, Colchester Arts Centre or St Botolph’s Priory.  These are just a few of the places worth while visiting, as well as there being shops and cafes and restaurants. There is something for everyone

Night Two – Colchester Town Hall and the Brook Red Lion Hotel

  • 8:00pm – Meet at The Town Hall
  • 8.15pm – Introduction
  • 8.30pm – Mediumship Walkround – Who haunts tonight?
  • 9.30pm – Investigation using Ghost Hunting Equipment and experiments including séances and glass divination.  Refreshments will also be served during the evening.
  • 2.am – Finish and retire to the Brook Red Lion Hotel (a five minute walk from the town hall)




Colchester’s first Town Hall was built in 1160 and was called the Moot Hall. It was in the same location, meaning the site has been the focus of civic duties for over 800 years. The current Town Hall was built in 1898 in a Baroque Design. The 162ft Victorian tower was presented by industrialist James Paxman. At the top of the tower you can see the statue of the patron saint of Colchester, St Helena.

The rooms in the Town Hall are magnificent, in particular the council chambers, with gloriously painted ceilings detailing the months of the year and stained glass windows which depict the roman history of the Borough.

Not much is known about the history of the Town Hall, BUT, we DO know that paranormal activity is experienced here, in particular in the flats at the top of the building, which are no longer used (except by the cleaners who do laundry up there) During the site visit to the Town Hall, we learned of the strange occurrences, which left the staff nervous to go up to the flats. It is said that a gentleman lost his life after an accident in the lift shaft, and the security guard reported to us that he regularly sees strange balls of light floating along the corridors on his cctv, often at the same time of night on the same camera. Is it a spirit trying to make themselves known?


The Normans built the castle in the 11th century, but the gruesome history predates this, as it was actually built on the foundations of the Roman Temple which was attacked and destroyed in AD61 (and later rebuilt)

The castle was used as a prison for many centuries, with the earliest date of it being used as the towns gaol being 1226. It housed thousands of criminals and prisioners of war for crimes such as murder, piracy, treason, and witchcraft..

Also associated with the castle, was Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder general. He used the castle as a base to interrogate women suspected of witchcraft. Nineteen of the thirty two women interrogated at the castle were actually sentenced to death by hanging, during 1645

In 1648 Colchester was laid siege by a parlimentary army during the second English civil war.

Colchester has seen so many historical events which have all contributed to it being an extremely haunted town, with the castle being right in the centre of it !

With 2000 years of gruesome history behind it, this is the place to spend the night and experience some paranormal activity.. there are a number of reported ghosts sightings over the centuries. Some human manifestations, and some animal.. the most famous and regularly reported ghost sighting is actually a cat. Quaker James Parnell is also said to haunt the castle. He was imprisoned on charges of blasphemy and other offences. His gaoler was particularly cruel and forced his prisoner to climb a rope in order to retrieve food. James Parnell subsequently fell from the rope, although at the time he only suffered injuries, the fall ultimately led to his death. His pained cries can be heard within the walls of the Castle!


The house was built in 1718 on the site of an Elizabethan house by a London builder, Thomas Blagden, for Elizabeth Cornelisen of Camberwell, London. The detailed articles of agreement survive in the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford. Nothing of the earlier house survives, but some of the old timbers were reused within the new building.

The building was completed by March 1719 but sadly Elizabeth Cornelisen died before she could live in it. The house passed to Sarah Creffield who later married Charles Gray (1696 – 1782) in 1727, when the house passed to him and he lived there until his death.

He was a significant figure in the town, being an attorney, a Justice of the Peace and one of its Members of Parliament between 1742 and 1780. He was also a prominent antiquary, being a Trustee of the British Museum and a friend and correspondent of the Essex historian Philip Morant and the famous antiquary, William Stukeley.

These interests may have stimulated his mother-in-law, Mary Webster, to buy him Colchester Castle as a wedding present, adding it to Hollytrees estate which already included the eastern half of what has become Castle Park. Much of Gray’s energies went into the improvement of his house and estate.

He restored the Castle, landscaped the grounds, built the arcade at the north east corner of Hollytrees and planted the trees which give the house its name.

There is a portrait painting which hangs in the museum of a lady called Miss Anne Lisle. While visitors have viewed the painting, they have felt an eerie presence behind them and there is a tale of a white lady that haunts the museum. Phantom footsteps are heard, and piano music, even though there is no piano in the museum. Whilst the staff could not tell me any details about the hauntings at Hollytrees, they did say, that they would comfortably camp out in the castle overnight, even with the terribly gruesome history of murder and battles. However, you would not catch them staying in Hollytrees museum overnight. There is a very strong sense that you are not alone. With very little/no reports of previous ghost hunts, we may be able to delve deeper with the help of our medium, uncover the secrets of the house, and work out why the staff won’t stay working here for long!



The hotel has an extremely long history with the paranormal. It is one of the oldest inns in Colchester dating back to 1465. There are three ghosts linked to the hotel. The first is Alice Catherine Millar, who was actually murdered within the building during 1638. Her apparition has been seen in rooms 5, 6 and 10. She’s also been seen by staff in the hotel kitchen where she walks through a wall, which once would have been the doorway to her old bedroom. The spirit of a small boy is also seen in the hotel, mostly reports of his presence being sensed by children, but he has been seen on many occasions in the parliament room, and has appeared in photographs taken by guests staying at the hotel. It remains unknown who the boy is. Another known spirit, is that of a hooded monk said to have perished in a fire at the building which took place several hundred years ago. He is regularly sighted in the early hours, in particular in the reception area and rooms and corridors leading off the reception.

The Brook Red Lion will be your accommodation for the duration of the weekend, and what better place to stay whilst joining Fright Nights Cambridgeshire for a weekend of ghost hunting. What will you experience?! We will be staying with you at the hotel should you need us at any time!




Psychic Medium and Spirit Artist.

Angela is currently the official medium for Fright Nights Berkshire, and is also working with Fright Nights Cambridgeshire. Angela is an established medium, healer psychic artist and teacher based in a small town called Maidenhead, part of the Royal Windsor & Maidenhead Borough.  She is known for her friendly, warm and welcoming personality.  She has a very simple and straightforward attitude towards providing practical, empowering readings in the UK and internationally.  Angela is one of the emerging mediums around the world, trained at the world renowned Authur Findlay Spiritualist College, who believe in taking the “mystery” out of mediumship and making it more accessible to the general public.  You get pure information from spirit and from your own soul without the drama.  So don’t book if you are expecting Mystic Meg to open the door to you!  Expect a big fat smile, lots of laughter and a genuine reading. 

-Bio taken from Angela’s website        angela-mitchell.co.uk



The event includes:

  • Ghost hunts at three venues
  • Accommodation on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November
  • Breakfast on the mornings of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November
  • Hot drinks and snacks provided throughout the weekend.
  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment, psychic experiments
  • Working with an experienced medium and ghost hunters

Please note: Over 18’s only, No pregnant women allowed, unsuitable for disabled guests due to the nature of the buildings. Accommodation is provided on both evenings. We are unable to accept vouchers this event due to the difference in costings for a weekend event inclusive of b&b. For more information please see our terms and conditions. This event is organised by Fright Nights Cambridgeshire.


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