Lying close to the Lakes National Park, Penrith is a bonnie town situated in the Eden Valley, well known for it’s rich history and exciting range of traditional and contemporary shops. Once the capital of Cumbria, it was part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde and whilst having a read of the Visit Cumbria website, I discovered the town has two ancient streets dating back to the 13th century! In terms of impressive fortifications, check out the castles of Brougham and Penrith and you will even find a ‘Giant’s Grave’ in St. Andrew’s churchyard – a definite on our Cumbria must-visit list!
On Wednesday 5 February, our intrepid team are set to take a trip across the English Border for an evening of eerie entertainment! Through social networking site, Twitter, owner of Wordsworth Bookshop, Andrea Dennison, got to hear about our project and many spooky adventures. Particularly keen to learn about our experiences at ‘Windsor of the North’ Brougham Hall, Andrea was inspired to organise an event with a distinctly spine-tingling flavour…
Having launched Mostly Ghostly Investigations just over five years ago at Scotland’s oldest working theatre – Dumfries Theatre Royal, we have investigated many diverse properties and sites including; Brougham Hall near Penrith, the infamously haunted A75 road and more recently, Gretna Green Visitor Attractions. Drawing on some of our most memorable encounters, we will give an informative presentation amidst cosy log fires, comfy chairs and atmospheric surroundings – the ideal setting for a winter ghost event.
We feel it’s important to broaden our horizons and are keen to strengthen ties with Cumbria. By working with local communities and sharing our experiences of haunted Dumfries and Galloway (and beyond!), we hope to forge positive links. Another aspect of this venture is promoting our ghost tours; the Dumfries Ghost Walk, Haunted Theatre Tour and brand new road-trip Haunted Highways. Our vision is to encourage more visitors to the region by offering exciting, educational and darkly intriguing events.
We are thrilled to have been invited to talk at Wordsworth Bookshop; engaging with local communities is a fantastic opportunity to network and encourage lively discussion concerning local legends and ghost-lore. Promoting interaction is high on our agenda; storytelling is so deeply instilled within our culture and by gathering around the fire to share our stories, we hope guests will feel inspired to do the same.
Giving her views on the event, Wordsworth Book Shop owner Andrea Dennison commented: “We are so lucky to live in an area rich in local history, and we have always been fascinated by the intriguing history of such wonderful local places like Brougham Hall. Our 1709 building with it’s sense of history, low beams and creaky floorboards, lends itself perfectly to an atmospheric evening of spooky tales by the fire. Many of our regular customers often joke that we have a friendly ghost when books have seemed to fall on the floor for apparently no reason – we like to think it is a very well-read ghost who is drawing attention to its favourite books! We have already had a lot of interest in this event so I advise people to call in to the bookshop and book a place as soon as possible.” Cost is £4 per head and there will also be light refreshments available.
To book your place, please call into Wordsworth Book Shop or contact owner, Andrea Dennison, on 01768 210604. Alternatively, please get in touch with Mostly Ghostly through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865. You can also follow us on Twitter.