Blickling Hall

Next week I’ll have a whole host of spooky and Halloween related posts for you, but I thought I’d slip one in this week for a bit of forward planning.

Historic buildings are always associated with a ghost story or two. It’s not surprising to hear then that tales of spectral sightings and ghostly spirits of former owners, staff and pets are abundant in the National Trust!

Blickling Hall in the sprawling Norfolk countryside was once home to the Boleyn family. It is said that every year, on the anniversary of her execution, Anne Boleyn’s headless ghost arrives at Blickling Hall in a carriage driven by an equally headless coachman. But she hasn’t lost her head completely in the afterlife – she carries it along with her during her hauntings! The hall was voted the most haunted house in Britain in a National Trust survey in October 2007.

With all this taken into account, Blickling Hall hosts a family Halloween event [the Halloween Spooktacular] every 31st of October, with spooky story telling and ghoulish happenings in the Hall. Seasonal food is served in the restaurant and a fancy dress competition is held for the children. Book tickets on 0844 800 4308. Are you brave enough? [I’m not!]

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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