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 Shepton Mallet Prison 26 April 2019 Shepton Mallet Prison
HMP Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5LU.
The Southern Ghost Society team's next big prison adventure takes you to the infamous Cornhill, HMP Shepton Mallet and we are giving you the opportunity to join us as we attempt to uncover what now lies in this abandoned Category C penitentiary.

Built in 1610, this grade II listed prison offers over 400 years of dark history making Cornhill the oldest jail in the country. In the 1600, the former house of correction would have offered very little in the way of sanitation which would have led to the spread of Smallpox as well as other deadly diseases. Once these diseases took hold, many would have died a painful death and due to the infections and the worry of further spread, many would have been buried around the prison yard in unmarked graves.

Moving forward in history, your jail time would have not got any easier in fact conditions were said to be at its most brutal. In 1823, inmates would have been subject to hard labour in the form of a Treadwheel. Time at the Treadwell was gruelling as men would be made to tread the wheel for countless hours taking them to breaking point.
Cornhill was used as the main site for executions in the county of Somerset between the years of 1889 and 1926 and although the exact number of deaths by this method is unknown, it is thought that countless men and women lost their lives.

In the Second World War, the prison was taken over by British and Americans troops and by the end of 1944, it is said that 16 Americans were hanged and 2 were executed by firing squads for crimes that included rape and murder. The British military used the prison, specifically cell 10 to house and protect many important historical documents. It has been said that in its time the room was home to Lord Nelsons logbook from the HMS Victory, the Doomsday Book, a copy of the Magna Carter and even a signed agreement by Neville Chamberlain and Hitler himself.

A white woman apparition has been report wandering the now empty labyrinth of hallways and cells. In recent times staff of the prison have reported seeing Ghostly American Servicemen wandering aimlessly as they would have done when they were stationed here.

Executions, death, torture, pain and suffering, With all this history it is not a surprise that countless storries of paranormal activity have been reported through the years.

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Ghost hunting event photo Fort Widley 10 May 2019 Fort Widley
Portsdown Hill Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3LS
The impressive and imposing Fort Widley was built between 1861 and 1870 to defend against invasion, but do the spirits of those who reportedly haunt this atmospheric site still find protection within its walls?

Fort Widley, part of the group of Forts on Portsdown Hill named after the then Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, was constructed in response to the potential danger of attacks on the Portsmouth Dockyards by the French, either by sea or by land approaching from the north after landing along the coast. By the time this immensely expensive project was completed, the threat of attack had passed, armament design had improved and the site consequently became known as Palmerston's Follies.

The Fort, which is encircled by a dry moat, has a central parade ground and it is via a spiral staircase from here that access is gained to the amazing four underground tunnels leading to the gun batteries, barracks and vaulted main magazine which could house 2500 barrels of gun powder. It is within these intriguing tunnels that most of the reported paranormal activity has been experienced. Will our ghost hunt awaken the spirits and uncover the truth behind the hearing of whispered voices, or the throwing of stones by unseen forces, or will we hear the running steps of a young drummer boy said to have fallen to his death down the spiral staircase whilst being chased through the tunnels by an Officer seeking to administer punishment.

Soldiers of the Royal Artillery were barracked at Fort Widley between its initial decommissioning and 1939. The Fort then became a Royal Engineers? Bomb Disposal base and, during WW2, it was used to hold prisoners of war. Perhaps it is the ghost of one of these prisoners whose footsteps or knocking can be heard on the Fort Keep, or has a whistling former Sergeant Major come out of the Mess for a nightly stroll?

This amazing military site which has seen decades of history right through from the 1860s to its conversion to a control centre against nuclear attack up to the end of the Cold War, is a perfect location for our paranormal investigation. Join us on this ghost hunt and, as well as the fantastic views of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, perhaps we will also have the pleasure of seeing our torch lights being joined by the lanterns seen to be carried by the spirits which still inhabit this setting.
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Ghost hunting event photo Royal Victoria Chapel Ghost Hunt 15 June 2019 Royal Victoria Chapel Ghost Hunt
Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, SO31 5GA
Southern Ghost Society has decided to reduce the numbers on this event due to the areas we have to investigate

Netley Chapel, the only surviving section of what was the world’s largest military hospital, where corridors between the 138 wards and 1000 beds extended more than half a mile, allowing US soldiers during WW2 to travel from one end to the other in jeeps, is the fascinating location for a paranormal investigation.

Will our ghost hunt uncover the 2 most famous reported ghosts – the “blue lady” who, it is said, is the spirit of a nurse, who fell in love with a patient, only to discover he loved another woman. She murdered him and then committed suicide by throwing herself out of a second floor window……….or the “Grey Lady” ghost. As with many military hospitals, this apparition was said to appear to patients just before they died to comfort them and help their journey into the next world.

In response to reports of the appalling conditions in hospitals treating casualties of the Crimean War, Queen Victoria gave the order for a new military hospital to be built, not only to care for injured soldiers, but also to train army doctors and nurses and the Royal Victoria Hospital was formally dedicated in 1856, welcoming its first patients in 1863. . Its location at Netley allowed for casualties to be brought to Netley either by train off hospital ships docking at Southampton or by shallow draft boats arriving at the newly constructed pier on Southampton Water. The Queen often visited the site, travelling by boat from Osborne House and awarded three Victoria Crosses, including one to Private Hitch for extreme bravery in the Boar War and whose character features strongly in the classic film “Zulu”

Many of the patients here were suffering from tropical diseases and doctors carried out significant research on site. Indeed the vaccination against typhoid was developed here. Florence Nightingale who was not involved initially in the design of the hospital only visited once and criticised the design, with its poor ventilation, no isolation wards and the stunning and therapeutic views over the water being denied to patients, as wards overlooked the inner courtyard, with little light or air.

Do the spirits of any of the staff or the traumatised casualties from the Crimean War, the Second Boar War and both World Wars, including some from the D-Day landings, still haunt this site ?

Sadly, the hospital, which had closed in 1958, was destroyed by fire in 1963 and all buildings except the chapel were demolished in 1966. Can our paranormal investigation uncover some of the ghosts and spirits still haunting this immensely historical site – join us on this ghost hunt to find out
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Ghost hunting event photo Old Beneficial School Ghost Hunt 22 June 2019 Old Beneficial School Ghost Hunt
42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth PO1 3BS
A fantastic opportunity has arisen to conduct paranormal investigations at “The Old Benny”, the affectionate name for the former “Old Beneficial School” in Portsea

This beautiful grade II listed building, dating back to the Georgian period, still retains many of its original features and is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Portsmouth.

Built in 1784 as a school for poor children from the local area, funded by the Beneficial Society, the downstairs served as the classroom whilst the upstairs was used by the Society for meetings, concerts and theatre. Could it be that its conversion to the “Groundlings Theatre” last year has awakened the spirits’ desire to perform for visitors ?

It is thought that there are up to 9 active spirits – the ghost of “little George” on the staircase and Emily in the classroom. Laughing children have been heard upstairs, not to mention the cheeky poltergeist who has been known to play tricks by moving objects, including people !

What causes the strong smell of lavender in one of the rooms, the distinct cold spots on the site or the apparition of orbs?

Join us for what may prove to be one of the most exciting paranormal experiences as we seek to uncover the ghosts and friendly spirits who still frequent this site.
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Ghost hunting event photo Fort Widley 06 July 2019 Fort Widley
Peter Ashley Activity Centre Portsdown Hill Road Cosham Portsmouth, PO6 3LS
The impressive and imposing Fort Widley was built between 1861 and 1870 to defend against invasion, but do the spirits of those who reportedly haunt this atmospheric site still find protection within its walls?

Fort Widley, part of the group of Forts on Portsdown Hill named after the then Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, was constructed in response to the potential danger of attacks on the Portsmouth Dockyards by the French, either by sea or by land approaching from the north after landing along the coast. By the time this immensely expensive project was completed, the threat of attack had passed, armament design had improved and the site consequently became known as Palmerston's Follies.

The Fort, which is encircled by a dry moat, has a central parade ground and it is via a spiral staircase from here that access is gained to the amazing four underground tunnels leading to the gun batteries, barracks and vaulted main magazine which could house 2500 barrels of gun powder. It is within these intriguing tunnels that most of the reported paranormal activity has been experienced. Will our ghost hunt awaken the spirits and uncover the truth behind the hearing of whispered voices, or the throwing of stones by unseen forces, or will we hear the running steps of a young drummer boy said to have fallen to his death down the spiral staircase whilst being chased through the tunnels by an Officer seeking to administer punishment.

Soldiers of the Royal Artillery were barracked at Fort Widley between its initial decommissioning and 1939. The Fort then became a Royal Engineers? Bomb Disposal base and, during WW2, it was used to hold prisoners of war. Perhaps it is the ghost of one of these prisoners whose footsteps or knocking can be heard on the Fort Keep, or has a whistling former Sergeant Major come out of the Mess for a nightly stroll?

This amazing military site which has seen decades of history right through from the 1860s to its conversion to a control centre against nuclear attack up to the end of the Cold War, is a perfect location for our paranormal investigation. Join us on this ghost hunt and, as well as the fantastic views of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, perhaps we will also have the pleasure of seeing our torch lights being joined by the lanterns seen to be carried by the spirits which still inhabit this setting.
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Ghost hunting event photo Galleries Of Justice 13 July 2019 Galleries Of Justice
The Lace Market Nottingham NG1 1HN
A Saxon settlement sat on the grounds of the Galleries of Justice since 600AD, The period known as the dark ages. Although there is no confirmation that the site was used for justice, Archaeologists have already unearthed some links to imprisonment and punishment.

Moving forward in history to 1125AD, The Normans appointed a sheriff to collect taxes and have said to have located him on this site. Although there is no evidence that this is true, the site was known as Sheriffs Hall.

Two Sheriffs linked to the local area were Gerard de Atia and Philip Marc. Both barbaric in their own right were known to use all manor of underhanded tactics to line their own pockets. Held with such fear and despise, they were even mentioned in Magna Carta.

Two pivotal dates in the sites history give us the first real evidence of the sites dark history. 1375AD is when it was first documented as a court room and 1449AD as a prison.

Early in the 17th Century the building was in dire need of refurbishment which was over looked until 1724AD when the courtroom floor collapsed leaving a shocked judge looking as as solicitors, jury, public and the accused all went crashing in to the cellars. After Squabbling it eventually got some attention in 1770AD which is the building you still see today.

When the Victorians overhauled the prison system, The gaol was closed due to its appalling conditions and it lay empty from 1878 until 1995.

Hangings, Torture and punishment would have been what awaited you during your time here and due to the conditions and treatment, Hanging may have been your best option.

Our nights investigation will see us spend the night in the famous Court rooms, caves and even the Condemned mans Cell where many a guilty prisoner spent their last few hours awaiting the end.

With Dark shadow figures, The touch of unseen hands and the feeling of dread to all who visit
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Ghost hunting event photo Fort Purbrook 29 November 2019 Fort Purbrook
Portsdown Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LS
This is a rare opportunity to investigate Fort Purbrook with us due to the owners allowing a few teams access. We have not visited since 2014 and due to the fort being used for other purposes I am not sure if we will return.
Construction of Fort Purbrook, which, together with its 2 outposts of Farlington and Crookhorn Redoubts, formed the easternmost end of a line of fortified defences against French attacks on Portsmouth both by land and sea, was completed in 1870.

The threat of invasion diminished and, with developments in munitions technology and consequent mode of warfare, the Forts, which were the result of huge financial investment, became outdated and were given the name Palmerston's Folly after the Prime Minister at the time. During WW1 it was armed with anti-aircraft guns and thereafter was used as a siege artillery barracks. The army left the site in 1925, but in WW11 it became a centre for civil defence, an ambulance base and an important barracks. Throughout all these years, Fort Purbrook, thankfully, never faced enemy attack.

After the war the Fort played host to a naval navigational school. Will the ghosts, which surely must remain on this historical site, help us navigate our way through the main buildings and the incredible underground tunnels?

Today, as well as an activity centre, this Fort houses many original features including canons, gun ports, original stencilled signs and visible firing slots in and around the V shaped barracks, not to mention the tunnels which led from the central parade ground to ammunition stores and magazines. Will we experience the whispered voices, shadow figures, moaning, knocking sounds and trigger object movement as well as feelings of unease and of being watched which have been reported on site ? We do hope you can join us on what should be an incredible paranormal investigation night
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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.