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You can now stay in Britain’s Most Haunted Castle

If you’re hard enough.

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With its very own torture chamber, this place is not for the faint-hearted.

Spook things up a little this Halloween and stay in Britain’s most haunted castle. The Chillingham Castle in Northumberland has been named the most haunted castle in the UK thanks to the number of chilling encounters reported by guests.

Mojo Mortgages, an online broker, analysed the number of castles mentions in ‘most haunted’ articles online, as well as ghost sightings on Trip Advisor reviews, Chillingham came out on top.

The historical castle dates back to the 12th century and has remained in the same family ever since.

Chillingham Castle

Even today, much of the medieval castle remains as it was, with galleries added in Tudor times as well as re-landscaped excessive gardens.

With a variety of bedrooms to book, prices start from about £100 a night for a two-person apartment.

The Coaching Rooms, which sleep 6, definitely look like they could be home to a few ghosts. If you book one of these apartments the castle explains ‘friends stopping for a break from the fierce coaching routines would have rested from the exhaustion of the road’.

You need to be pretty hardcore to stay in one of any of these rooms, with the castle having some of the highest paranormal activity across the country.

Chillingham Castle

One guest said: “We did get some activity and the ghost of Eleanor visited us… she admitted to rattling our wardrobe door and blowing in my friends’ ear.”

Whilst another added “Some of the things we encountered: Someone sitting on my leg, someone holding someone’s hand, two of us being pushed several times, doors opening and closing, cupboard doors opening and closing and lights going off.

There’s still some availability on Halloween, but you’ll need to be quick if you fancy snapping up a spooky stay!

Be sure to check the Covid guidance in your area first

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Heart launches radio station playing only Christmas songs for the next two months

Music to my ears, literally.

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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!” 

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Couple convert shipping container into their very own summerhouse

This is amazing!

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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.”

Dawn Groom

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 Groom

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.”

Dawn Groom

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! 

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Dives to the Titanic will be open to the public from 2021

What an amazing experience.

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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.

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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”

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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

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