From haunted mansions to seriously creepy hospitals there’s plenty of ghostly things you can do this weekend to get in the spooky spirit – all from a nice social distance!
Head down for some spooky sights… if you’re brave enough…
Salford’s 750-year-old manor house is home to more than just dusty old furniture… Ordsall Hall dates as far back as 750 years ago and is known as the alleged site where Guy Fawkes helped devise The Gunpowder Plot – the street beside it is even named after him.
You know those places that give you the creeps even just being near them but you don’t even know why? Ordsall Hall fits that criteria exactly. I mean, the fact you can watch a live GhostCam and have a creepy sleepover with whatever lurks in the shadows overnight certainly adds to its chill…
The most-reported place for paranormal activity seems to come from the Star Chamber, where it’s said that voices of small children are often heard. To add to these spooky voices, visitors often comment on strange sightings followed by shivers and cold drafts from nowhere and what appears to be ghostly hands on shoulders.
One visitor even noted that the atmosphere changed in the room, becoming violently oppressive and
feeling a sudden and intimidating presence. Members of staff at Ordsall Hall are usually quite accommodating of the ghosts – you wouldn’t work there otherwise, surely? One staff member though, when opening up for the day, knew that the building was empty but could hear her name being called from across the gallery.
Stretford’s Abandoned Hospital
The Stretford Memorial Hospital closed in 2015, but they left almost everything behind…
Now, the hospital itself was built all the way back in 1850 as a private residence known as Basford House. It was designed in an Italianate style meaning it sort of resembles an Italian Renaissance building, but a bit more modern.
Well, that’s as simple as I can make it – if you really want to know what ‘Italianate’ style means in terms of architecture – feel free to spend around 2 years of your life doing your own research. It doesn’t really matter what architectural style it has really, all you need to know is that it started out as a private residence and was then lent to the British Red Cross as an auxiliary hospital during the First World War.
It was then converted into a maternity hospital in 1925, and one of the Bee Gee’s was even born here in 1958!
Boggart Hole Clough
It’s a glorious patch of greenery that covers over 170 acres of woodland. There’s gently sloping gullies, steep ravines, even play and sports facilities. There’s a nice boating lake presumably complete with pleasant ducks (I’ve never been) and of course, a cafe. Sounds beautiful right? Wrong.
This dark forest, which dates as far back as the Bronze Age, is riddled with spiritual history, witchy tales and a creature that cackles in your dreams. Tucked away in the thick lining of trees, rustling foliage and slippery muddy gulleys of Hole Clough is a child-eating monster. A Boggart.
It’s pretty common knowledge that Boggarts don’t like dogs at all, so don’t be surprised if your four-legged friend starts snarling at seemingly nothing in Hole Clough. It’s just a terrifying boggart. This Boggart inhabits the old farmhouse which was crumbling away in the woods, after scaring away the farmer and his family way back when.
But you can often find Boggarts in muddy holes, sharp bends and in bushes if you ever want to go hunting for one. Boggarts even have a terrifying and creepy affinity for children, in particular babies, and there have been many cases of missing children since the 18th century at Boggart Hole Clough.
Barnes Hospital, a stunning Grade-II listed building in Cheadle, has now been transformed into flats – but you might not be the only thing that lives there…
Built in the 1870s by Robert Barnes, the hospital was designed to help the then thousands of factory workers in Manchester who worked and lived in dangerous and filthy environments. Obviously, it’s haunted. It’s an old abandoned hospital.
It’s got death intertwined in its foundations with pillars of illness throughout. Secondly, during the initial building phase of the hospital, pieces of three Celtic Christian high crosses were found. And do you know what that means? A church nearby. And do you know what that means? A graveyard even closer.
One individual reported that he saw a nurse, clear as day, doing her rounds of the patients. Only there were no patients, no beds and the tune she was whispering echoed deafeningly around the entire building.
St Thomas’ Hospital
This hospital might have closed in 2004 but there are still things wandering the halls…
This building has got some serious paranormal activity going on. Once a hospital caring for thousands of psychiatric patients, St Thomas’ Hospital was previously a workhouse home to 700 inmates, working in conditions described as totally ‘brutal and chaotic’.
Those who have bravely ventured in have run away screaming from the horrors they have seen or heard. From footsteps – even when there are no stairs to the second floor – to floating doctors complete with a white coat and white face mask.
If you think you’re brave enough for a look around, apparently the mortuary is filled with the most paranormal activity due to a patient who was cut open whilst he was still alive.
Heart launches radio station playing only Christmas songs for the next two months
Music to my ears, literally.
The radio station will be playing Christmas songs 24/7.
How early is too early? Last Sunday marked the official launch of its seasonal channel, Heart Xmas – a radio station which will play only the greatest feel-good festive hits, non-stop, 24/7.
As the clocks turned it was time to say goodbye to what seems to have been a very long summer and hello to the festivity.
With less than 60 days to go until the big day, Heart’s Christmas music will be available to listen to whatever the hour of day on DAB Digital Radio and Global Player.
Expect all your favourite artists to be played, from Mariah Carey, Wham! and of course Bublé, helping bring some much-needed cheer into 2020.
After the 2020 we’ve had, we suggest you tune into Heart Xmas right now and not turn it off until January.
Andy Everett, Managing Editor of Heart, said: “With the nation turning to radio for light-hearted escapism and comfort, we are thrilled to bring listeners some festive feel good cheer earlier than ever before this year as we launch Heart Xmas today!
Heart Breakfast’s Jamie Theakston added: “It may be October, but we’re kick-starting our Christmas countdown on Heart earlier than ever before!”
Couple convert shipping container into their very own summerhouse
This is amazing!
After being quoted £25,000 for a summerhouse, the Groom family took things into their own hands for a huge DIY-project over lockdown.
Dawn Groom and her husband Darren worked super hard during lockdown to create a stunning outdoor cabin for just £5,700, a fraction of the price they would’ve paid for a brand new one.
The family completely transformed a former site portable cabin into a large playhouse for the summer, which is ready to be transformed into a cosy winter cabin coming as we come into the colder months.
Dawn, who is a carer for their daughter, told LatestDeals.co.uk “About two years ago my husband wanted to create a bigger summerhouse for our daughter Lois, 13.”
While looking, he came across container conversions which are getting quite common in other countries as lower-priced living accommodation.
“Once he was hooked on the idea, he spent months talking me round because frankly they are ugly! I couldn’t imagine that a big metal thing could look nice in our garden.
“After lots of research, we decided that instead of using a shipping container, it might be cheaper to use an ex-site cabin.
“They come with insulation, ceiling, lighting and electrics already installed. This would be costly and time-consuming to install so would save us a lot of labour.”
Dawn added that their pair had been searching for the ideal site cabin for a while, in the end they purchased the perfect cabin from a company that trades in used building site machinery.
As soon as it arrived, the guys got to work with cleaning and preparing it for a stylish renovation.
We filled and tidied all the wall panels ready to be painted. The floor needed a lot of work as it was quite uneven from water leaks.
“Once levelled, we used vinyl plank flooring. The outside was sandblasted by someone we found on Facebook Marketplace.
“We couldn’t afford the roof to be done with our budget so my husband used a hand grinder to do the roof himself, then together we painted the whole of the outside.
“We wanted to swap the windows but we realised this would be an absolute job to do so I bought some cheap window film and painted over all the brown plastic frames.”
The family gave a breakdown of the overall costs, the cabin cost £3,000, the doors were £1,200, the sandblasting was £450, the paint was £260, the furniture and accessories were £550, and the flooring was £260.
Which is a significant amount less than their original quote of £25K!
Have you taken on any big DIY projects over lockdown? Let us know!
Dives to the Titanic will be open to the public from 2021
What an amazing experience.
For the first time in 15 years, private dives will be allowed to the Titanic wreckage.
A company called OceanGate Expeditions are offering private dives to regular people to visit and look at the remnants of the ship that sank in the famous 1912 catastrophe.
More than 1,500 people lost their lives with the ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
Speaking to Bloomberg, president of the company Stockton Rush, said three dozen people have already booked for the first six dives early next year.
Stockton explained that ‘all the bones are gone’ in the wreckage. They said: “There are no bodies down there. There are boots and shoes and clothes that show where people were 100 years ago, and that is very sombre.”
It’s a little more of a strenuous application process than your usual holiday activities.
The website states they are looking for ‘citizen scientists’ to join their crew as ‘Mission Specialists’ and examine some of the 300 unique species of sea creatures on the Titanic.
The website reads “Mission specialists are adventurers and citizen scientists who support the expedition through various sub-nautical and oceanographic roles”
You’ll have to fill out an application where you’ll be asked about your height, weight and if you’re prone to seasickness or claustrophobia.
Once approved, you’ll have an interview over Zoom or Skype and if successful you will be offered a position as a Mission Specialist Crew Member.
As you might have guessed, this once in a lifetime experience comes with a MASSIVE price tag.
The eight-day sail will set you back $125,000 (£96,368.75). You’ll get a single dive of the 25 nautical mile wreckage that will last six to eight hours.
If you’ve got the dollar (and the b*lls), apply here.