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The Suffolk Coast's Most Haunted!

Rich in history, The Suffolk Coast is the setting for a fair few spooky tales!

From forts and castles to pubs and houses; spend a day exploring The Suffolk Coast’s most haunted spots this Halloween!

Bungay Castle

Built in the 1100s by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, the Norman castle in Bungay is said to be haunted by Hugh, one of the Bigod family members. Whilst in Bungay, you should also be on the look out for the Black Shuck, a large black dog, who, in 1577, burst through the doors of nearby St Mary’s Church and massacred a man and a boy before moving on to Blythburgh Church where it went on to kill some locals.

Local accounts attribute to Shuck to the devil; whose scorch marks can still be seen on the door of the church to this day.

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich

Built on the site of a former monastery, and Anglo-Saxon burial ground, the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich is said to be haunted by a few ghostly beings! If you are of a nervous disposition, have your car keys ready, as CCTV in the underground car park is said to have recorded shadowy figures, and prior to the shopping centre being built, former employees at Cowells Department Store and Cowells Printers reported sightings of a ghostly monk.

As if that wasn't spine-tingling enough, at the rear of the shopping centre near the emergency exit, keep your eyes peeled for a male phantom who is said to run towards people and then vanish into thin air! 

Roos Hall, Beccles

Said to be one of the most haunted houses in England, 16th Century Roos Hall is located just outside the historic market town of Beccles. The Tudor manor is reportedly haunted by a phantom coach and horses, that charges down the driveway and stops outside the front door on Christmas Eve. 

Legend has it that the Coach is driven by a member of the Blennerhassett family, who once owned the hall, and seated next to him is a beautiful ghostly woman; who if you look straight in the eyes, will send you mad!

The devil’s presence is also in evidence at the hall, as scorch marks can be seen in the brickwork of a cupboard. On the grounds of Roos Hall, near the road, you will also spot an old oak tree. It was here that in days gone by, many a soul was hanged; look out for the lady dressed in white who appears at night, and a man in brown jacket and trousers who was hung from the tree for stealing; only to be found not guilty after his death.

Whilst the hall is privately owned, private tours can be booked if you are brave enough!

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

The Grade 1 listed mansion is now a museum and well- known for exhibiting a selection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings, but also for being home to a fair few ghosts as well!

A common sight is the ghost of a young Edwardian lady, who is often seen dancing and laughing in the Upper Gallery, occasionally joined by two happy children. Visitors have also been given a scare when a lady in grey suddenly appears before them, in a full-length gown, and be on the lookout for a young servant girl who died in mysterious circumstances wandering the halls.

Dunwich

Once the capital town of Suffolk, the town of Dunwich fell over the cliffs and into the sea in the 16th and 17th centuries. When the sea is rough, legend has it that the church bells can be heard from under the sea. 

If you dare take a stroll through the heath at night, you may also be spooked by the sight of a Victorian Squire on horseback!

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

With it’s military past, it's no wonder Landguard Fort in Felixstowe is haunted! Staff at the Fort have reported a number of ghostly sightings, including the sudden appearance of a Victorian artilleryman in the gift shop one afternoon. He walked out of the wall, smiled at a female member of staff and disappeared back inside. He is said to also be the culprit of poltergeist activity; causing items to fly off the shelves at random!

Outside, you may encounter a ghostly coach being pulled by horses across the ditch, where the old drawbridge would have been, whilst inside the Fort, a spectral soldier, stationed here during the second world war has been spotted patrolling the Bastion. If you keep an ear out too, you may just hear the agonising screams of a soldier of who died of the plague whilst being kept in quarantine here.



Things to see and do

Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Events

Halloween and paint a pumpkin at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Halloween and paint a pumpkin at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Fri 19th - Sun 28th Oct 2018

A family fun day to celebrate Halloween with a ghostly hunt and painting of pumpkins

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Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Bawdsey | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Bawdsey beach is beachcombing heaven: a cracking example of our Suffolk shingle and its plants, full of shells and full of sea glass.

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Hocus Panto at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Hocus Panto at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Sat 27th Oct 2018

The three witches you love to hate are back and more magical than ever, flying high in this wicked Halloween Pantomime. Magical illusions, pop songs and things that go bump in the night all form the essential ingredients of this bewitching plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike.

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Jazz Up Your Jungle Pumpkin

Jazz Up Your Jungle Pumpkin

Beccles | Thu 25th - Fri 26th Oct 2018

Back in 2018 by popular demand (for adults and families!), Visit Urban Jungle on Thursday 25th October at Beccles, Suffolk and Friday 26th October at Costessey, Norfolk and Jazz up your Jungle Pumpkin.

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Autumn Half Term Party

Autumn Half Term Party

Saxmundham | Sat 20th Oct 2018

Gather around huge fire pits with family and friends at Haw Wood Farm Caravans and Camping and enjoy a home cooked meal, kids craft,glow sticks, toffee apples and drinks.

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Halesworth Scarecrow Festival and Treasure Trail

Halesworth Scarecrow Festival and Treasure Trail

Halesworth | Sat 20th - Sat 27th Oct 2018

Fun activity for the children at half-term

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Spooky tales for half-term at The Red House

Spooky tales for half-term at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 23rd - Sat 27th Oct 2018

Join The Red House for some spooky half-term fun!

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Family Halloween Disco at Ufford Park

Family Halloween Disco at Ufford Park

Woodbridge | Fri 26th Oct 2018

Have a FANG-TASTIC night with the family this Halloween! Dance the Night away.

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Frankenstein Freaky Experimentation at Holywells Park Ipswich

Frankenstein Freaky Experimentation at Holywells Park Ipswich

Ipswich | Wed 24th Oct 2018

Spooky Science in the Park at Holywells Park in Ipswich, Free but booking essential

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Halloween Double Bill at Aldeburgh Cinema

Halloween Double Bill at Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh | Wed 31st Oct 2018

It's autumn, which can only mean one thing... it's Halloween! On Wed 31 Oct Aldeburgh Cinema celebrates with a special double-bill of two John Carpenter classics.

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