Ghost Hunting Events

Southern Ghost Society, ghost hunts and paranormal experience events we have planned.

These events are available to anyone over the age of 16. Being a society, booking priority is given to our members, so why not register now and be advised in advance of all our new events.

Registration is free and membership to the Southern Ghost Society is also free. We do have to make a charge to cover the costs of arranging the events. This charge is on a per person basis and is fully inclusive unless otherwise stated. Prices and full details are only available to registered members.

   
 
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Ghost hunting event photo Bursledon Brickworks 25 August 2017 Bursledon Brickworks
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum Coal Park Lane Swanwick Southampton SO31 7GW
Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire conjures up not only the spirit of the Victorian era but also the spirits of those who worked and died here, from boys as young as 8 to men in their 60s.

Following a very successful investigation last year when we experienced much paranormal activity, we are delighted to be holding a further ghost hunting event at this amazing location.

The Brickworks was founded in 1897 by the Ashby family, whose innovations in machinery and kiln design enabled the site to produce more than 20 million bricks a year at peak production. Many of these bricks were used in the construction of the Military Hospital in the nearby Royal Victoria Country Park.

This was the time of steam power. The works would have been dark and cold, heated only by the kilns. Was it this heat which attracted one worker to fall asleep near one of the ovens, only to find himself unknowingly locked in when the kiln was lit the following day, or was something more sinister to blame for his death ? Is it the ghost of this worker which causes strange lights to be seen or which is able to move glasses in our presence but without our help ?

Other ghostly experiences include the sound of voices, knocking, whistling and even the reporting of dark shadows. Could these be the manifestations of those workers still going about their daily business in the workshops ?

The Brickworks was closed in 1974 due to a reduction in the clay quality and supply, not to mention the disruption resulting from the building of the M27 and over the next 20 years fell into disrepair. Thankfully the site was purchased by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and was awarded listed status. The buildings on the northern side have been replaced by the NATS, Air Traffic Control Centre, but the southern site still remains as a fascinating museum.

We would love you to join us on this exciting paranormal investigation, through which we can gain an insight into past times and, with the help of the ghosts of those who still frequent the site, relive the spirit of Bursledon Brickworks.
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Ghost hunting event photo Warwick Castle 01 September 2017 Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring to you the chance to join the team on a paranormal investigation at the magnificent Warwick Castle.

Though to be the 2nd oldest castle in the UK, Warwick Castle has to be the oldest and maybe the biggest castle we have ever had the chance to host an investigation. Although the first Motte and Bailey Castle was built in 1068 it is said that there is evidence of settlement on the site as far back as 914. William the Conqueror used the Castle to not only maintain his strong hold of the Midlands but he used it as a base as he advanced north. Henry de Beaumont was made constable of Warwick Castle by William and his appointment saw Henry ‘the son of a powerful Norman family’ become the first Earl of Warwick in 1088.

Moving forward in time the 2nd Earl of Warwick’s wife was tricked into believing that her husband Roger was dead. Thinking that all was lost she surrendered control of the castle to Henry of Anjou who was later King Henry II and his invading army in 1153. Under King Henry II the construction changed to stone replacing the motte-and-bailey design. The Earl of Warwick remained loyal to King Henry II, and the castle was used to store provisions. In 1242 the When Thomas de Beaumont, 6th Earl of Warwick died so the castle and surrounding lands were passed to Lady Margery who was in her own right the Countess of Warwick. Sadly her husband died so the castle when back into the hands of King Henry II until she found a suitable husband. William Maudit took hold of the castle until in 1267 when he died. After his death, the title and castle passed to his nephew William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick. Following William's death, Warwick Castle passed through seven generations of the Beauchamp family, who over the next 180 years were responsible for most of the additions made to the castle.

Jumping history again King Richard III built the two towers Bear and Clarence in the 1480s. Both vaulted in stone, the towers contain a dark and very grim dungeon basement. The gatehouse features murder holes, two drawbridges, a gate, and portcullises gates made from wood or metal.
Warwick Castle underwent repairs and renovations using about 500 loads of stone whilst While in the care of The Crown from1478 until 1547. Warwick Castle had fallen into decay due to its age and neglect, and despite the new owner John Dudley promises to repair the castle he did not initiate any repairs to the castle. In 1566 the castle had a very special visitor Queen Elizabeth I during her tour of the country. She came again in 1572 and to accommodate her visit a timber building was erected in the castle for her to stay. In the 17th century the grounds were turned into a garden.

With so much history, death and despair there is no wonder that Warwick Castle is known as one of the most haunted venues in the UK. Who is the ghostly shadow figure said to still walk the tower near the chapel? Will we meet the aggressive spirit within the dungeons who is said to be able to move and even throw objects?

With temperature drops, unexplained unwelcome feelings, numerous rooms and over 1000 years of history we are sure to be in for a night to remember.

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Ghost hunting event photo Stansted house 27 October 2017 Stansted house
Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle PO9 6DX
Stansted house sits in 1700 acres grounds of ancient forests and parklands within the South Downs National Park. The grade II listed country house began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century and has been developed many times over the years.

In 1576 the last Fitzalan earl sadly passed away which meant that Stansted passed to Sir Richard Lumley who was a cousin. The house remained with family through to 1686 when Richard junior began building a new house and changed the layout of the gardens. In 1766, George Montague-Dunk inherited Stansted and built two further follies one being Racton Folly which the remains can still be seen today.

The house was significantly altered in 1826 by its new owner Charles Dixon who upon his death passed the house to George Wilder who continued the development of both the house and chapel. A devastating fire ripped through the building in 1900 which burnt everything but the servants quarters and under croft of which you can still see today.

Due to the nature of the building we will have access to the lower floors which consist of the vast servants quarters, pantries, kitchens, butlers rooms and crypt which was used to hold family members before funerals. We will also have access to St Pauls which is the family chapel a short walk from the main house.

With so many owners and so many different uses over the many years, it is no surprise that both old owners and staff claim to have witness paranormal activity.

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Ghost hunting event photo Shaw House 04 November 2017 Shaw House
Church Rd, Newbury RG14 2DR
Shaw House only allows a small number of Paranormal Investigation and Ghosts Hunts every year and we have managed secured this amazing venue for you and ONLY a few society members.

We investigated Shaw House in November 2016 and the results were amazing from unexplained knocks and bangs, to intelligent responses on the EVP Recorder.

Shaw House was built in 1581 by Thomas Dolman who made his money as a clothier in Newbury. In the October of 1644 the house witnessed the Second Battle of Newbury and although the house remained unscathed, hundreds of soldiers died in a standoff and many believe this plays a large part in the ghostly encounters witnessed on the estate, the ground and the main house.

Shaw House stood empty until 1728, when the Duke of Chandos bought the estate. The Duke (James Brydges) improved the grounds between 1729 and 1737 however he kept within the framework established by the Dolman family. During the Second World War Shaw House was requisitioned and used by the British, American and Canadian armies.
Moving on in time, Shaw House began a new life as a school for local children but sadly in 1985 it was evacuated as there were major concerns about the structure of the building.

The unique feature in relation to the paranormal claims at Shaw House is that many have reported full body apparitions throughout the many rooms as well as the sound of battle on the lawns.

The building consists of 4 levels including a basement where people have reported a ghost voice and an unwelcome presence. The ground floor consists of 5 rooms which include a grand banquet hall which would have been used to host lavish parties and gatherings.
The upper floors boast 9 investigation areas including a room full of artefacts from the house. Could the combination of the vast history and key possessions that still remain be responsible for the countless paranormal sightings?

Will you encounter the ghostly lady seen waiting on the grand staircase? Or witness the cries of battle from the spirits of soldiers still trying to defend the house?

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Ghost hunting event photo Wymering Manor 01 December 2017 Wymering Manor
Old Wymering Lane, Portsmouth, PO6 3NL
This amazing location is believed to be situated on a roman settlement and is said to have been a roman outpost, there to defend Porchester Castle. Moving forward in history it is believed that William Mauduit was the first occupant of Wymering Manor who came over in the 1066 invasion. William was known to be involved in the great survey of 1086, The Doomsday book to me and you!

The current building construction dates back to the 16th century and it is claimed that many parts of the build contain both Medieval and Roman materials. With all these claims there is no wonder Wymering Manor is thought to be one of the most haunted building in Hampshire, maybe even the UK.

Moving forward to the Ninetieth century, the Haunted Manor was sold for £5000 to Mr John Martin along with 68 acres of land. At this time the manor went through major alterations and was used for overseas missions. An important visitor during this time was Queen Emma and her son Andrew, who was related to Queen Victoria.

In the Twentieth Century the Manor was purchased by Thomas Knowlys-Parr and his aunt Mrs Nightingale who made a number of alterations again. Sadly Knowlys-Parr passed away in 1938 and The British Army took possession of the manor for the duration of World War II.

Wymering Manor is reported to be the most haunted building in Hampshire and with history dating back to the Romans, there is no surprise people have encountered paranormal occurrences. The sound of children playing and whispering has been reported countless times throughout the years. Full body apparitions have also been reported, only to disappear as soon as they appear.

This will be only our second visit to Wymering Manor and with all the history, Countless reports and experiences, do you really want to miss out?

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Planned Ghost Hunting Events

In addition to our confirmed ghost hunting events we have penciled in the following preliminary investigation locations. So don't forget to bookmark this page Click here to bookmark these events! and return soon for confirmed dates. Southern Ghost Society members are emailed as soon as new events are confirmed another good reason to join us.
 
     
Ghost hunting event photo Woodchester Mansion Woodchester Mansion

The Grade 1 listed Woodchster Mansion, located in the beautiful Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, is absolutely unique in that its construction was never completed Will our ghost hunt help reconstruct the past through the spirits, who may still haunt this magnificent location ?

Building of this superb Gothic building with its stone vaulted ceilings, gargoyles, grand staircase and impressive chapel was started in the1850s. Will the ghosts of any of the 7 workmen who died, 6 from accidents and 1 from a reported murder, return, through our presence, to reclaim their tools which still remain on the site ?

Can we verify reports of a headless horseman said to ride in the grounds and to be the apparition of Sir Rupert de Lansigny who killed his cousin to inherit the large park and the former house demolished to enable construction of the current Mansion ? What happened to the spirit of the Dominican Monk who drowned himself in one of the park lakes and who is the man seen walking along the corridor to the Chapel, but never entering that room or the shadow of a man staring up at the stained glass windows ? Most intriguingly, are the reported sightings of a black dog wandering through the Mansion the ghostly representation of those linked to the building ?

Join us on a paranormal investigation night to remember as we go back in time at Woodchester Mansion and seek to uncover the truth behind the ghostly hosts of our visit.

Ghost hunting event photo Royal Victoria Country Park Royal Victoria Country Park

The Royal Victoria Military Hospital, or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire, England. Construction started in 1856 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria but its design caused some controversy, chiefly from Florence Nightingale. Often visited by Queen Victoria, the hospital was extensively used during the First World War.

It became the 28th US General Hospital from 1944 to 1945 during the Invasion of Europe. The main building - the world's longest building when it was completed - was entirely demolished in 1966, except for the chapel and former YMCA building which are both still standing. The extensive outbuildings, which once occupied a vast acreage of land to the rear of the main building, finally succumbed in 1978. The site of the hospital can be seen and explored in Royal Victoria Country Park.

Ghost hunting event photo Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard

We are delighted to announce a further event, this time at the magnificent Explosion ! The Museum of Naval Firepower, based within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport.

Since its completion in 1756, this depot has played an active part in conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars right through to the Falklands War. Just imagine the experiences of the thousands who worked (and died) in such a dangerous environment.

What caused the explosion which killed 27 people ? To whom do the ghostly footsteps belong and why is this person knocking on the door ? What causes a heavy chain to swing for no apparent reason and is the reported unnatural gust of wind really the spirit of a labourer who died at the scene ? Will we witness the manifestation of Edward George McBride on the exact same spot where he was killed nearly 90 years ago ?

So many reported paranormal experiences, which surely merits further investigation. We'd love you to join us for what is certain to be a fabulous Ghost Hunt night

We will have the pleasure of exploring this historical site away from the usual visiting crowds the only company we may have is from the past !

Ghost hunting event photo The Rifles Museum The Rifles Museum

The Royal Berkshire Regiment, with its Museum in Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, and The Wiltshire Regiment, whose Museum was in Le Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, merged in 1959 to become the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire). However the two Museums continued on their separate sites for a number of years.

n the 1970s a new united site for both Regimental Headquarters and Museum Official Opening was sought in Salisbury. The Wardrobe, at first rejected on the grounds of the expense of conversion, was eventually selected and a 99 year lease was purchased from the Dean & Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment Museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, on 29 July 1982. As part of a program to widen the appeal of the Museum the name "Redcoats in the Wardrobe" was adopted in 1991.

In 1994 the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment amalgamated with the Gloucestershire Regiment to form the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. The Museum changed its name to reflect this, becoming the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (Salisbury) Museum. The Museum was (and is) only concerned with the Berkshire and Wiltshire elements, the collection and archives of the Gloucestershire Regiment are housed in the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Custom House, Gloucester GL1 2HE.

Ghost hunting event photo Valentines Mansions Valentines Mansions

Valentines Mansion is more than 300 years old.

The house was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

At that time the new brick house stood in open countryside, several miles from the edge of London.
Valentines has changed hands many times since then. City merchant and banker Robert Surman bought the estate in 1720s and created the walled gardens, dovecote and grottoes.
In the 1760s owner Sir Charles Raymond spent part of his fortune renovating Valentines, giving the house its Georgian appearance.

Sarah Ingleby, the last private resident of Valentines, died in 1906 and the Council acquired the house in 1912. Since then, the mansion has been home to wartime refugees, a hospital, a public health centre, and a council housing department.

After standing empty for 15 years, Valentines has now been restored with Redbridge council and Heritage Lottery funds, and strong community support to create the historic but contemporary venue it is today.

Ghost hunting event photo Kelvedon Hatch Kelvedon Hatch

Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

The Bunker had three main lives. Initially as an RAF ROTOR Station and latterly a Regional Government Headquarters, with a brief period in the 1960's as a civil defence centre. There were also spare bunk beds in the tunnel, to help accommodate some of the hundreds of civilian and military personnel that would be stationed here in time of nuclear attack. The bunker was built on land requisitioned from the local farmer J.A.Parrish.

Paradoxically as the heat of the Cold War died down, the bunker and it's ancillary systems were no longer required by the Government, and were costing up to 3 million pounds a year to keep on standby. Upon decommissioning in 1992 the bunker was bought back from the government by the Parrish family, at a closed bid public auction, and hence is now privately owned.