Spooky season is upon us at Corus Hotels, and even if you don’t believe in ghosts, these frightening locations around the country will be sure to send a shiver down your spine.
1. Liverpool Street Station – 15 minutes from Corus Hotel Hyde Park by tube
The station was rumoured to have been built on a mass burial site, which turned out to be true, following the discovery of the remains of plague victims buried during the black death, during an excavation of the site by Crossrail workers in 2015.
If that’s not unsettling enough, there have been late night sightings from staff and passengers of strange figures on CCTV and a man in overalls pacing up and down Central Line platform.
Why not also spend the day at the home of Halloween, the London Dungeons (Less than 20 minutes away by tube from Corus Hotel Hyde Park) and come face to face with some of the capital’s most dangerous characters, including Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer.
2. Windsor Castle – 20 minutes from Burnham Beeches Hotel by car
Discover royalty in the form of ghosts when you visit one of the country’s most iconic royal residences, Windsor Castle.
The ghost of King Henry VIII, who was buried in the castle grounds, is said to have been spotted pacing around while groaning. It’s a ghoulish family affair as legend says that his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I haunts the Royal Library, with claims that her high heels can be heard on the bare floorboards, and a figure dressed in black has been seen passing through the walls.
Other mysterious sightings include King George III’s anguished face peering out of the library’s window, a man leading a horse through the wall of the kitchen and the spirt of a young boy who can be heard screaming: “I don’t want to go riding today!”
3. Liverpool Empire Theatre – Less than 30 minutes from The Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes by car
Originally opened in 1866, the theatre was demolished, re-built and re-opened in 1925. One the ghosts, known as the ‘Black Phantom’ is said to haunt the dressing rooms, with actors and actresses reporting a dark shape reflected in the mirrors. Other ghostly residents include a school boy, a little girl and a smart-looking tall dark man.
4. Bradley Woods – 10 minutes from St. James Hotel, Grimsby by car
Pay a visit (if you dare) to Bradley Woods and you may come face to face with The Black Lady, described as a young pretty lady, 5’6” tall and dressed in a flowing black cloak with a hood obscuring her face and hair. When the hood flows backwards, her pale, tear soaked face is revealed. However, despite claims from eyewitnesses, there are no records of the Black Lady ever hurting anyone.
The story of the Black Lady may just be a cautionary tale, scaring children from entering the woods alone or she may even be a nun or a witch. It is also said that she was attacked and her baby stolen and if one was to utter the words: “Black Lady, Black Lady, I’ve stolen your baby”, she appears to take back her child. We’ll leave you to decide whether you want to try that one for yourself!
5. The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – 30 minutes away from The Regency Hotel, Solihull by car
More than five ghosts are said to haunt the Alexandra Theatre, which opened in 1901, including former manager Leon Salberg, who took over the venue in 1911 and was found dead in his office in 1937. Other ghouls include the former master of the wardrobe department, a military man in a top hat, a former stage manager who can be heard jangling keys, and a Grey Lady. Power from electrical devices in the theatre is often inexplicably drained, while knocking and tapping noises are often heard, as well as doors mysteriously opening and closing.
What's your favourite spooky tale? Get in the spirit of Hallowe'en with these spooktacular sites to visit, and stay with us at Corus Hotels where you can enjoy FREE breakfast every morning when you book direct!
The nights have started to draw in, colours of the leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air. Autumn has arrived in London but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do around the capital.
1. Get your best superhero outfit on and head to ExCel for MCM Comic Con from 25th – 27th October. Fans of gaming, cosplay, TV and film come together for talks, meet and greets, special guests and more over the weekend.
2. The capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, the London Jazz Festival, returns in November. Renowned for showcasing world-class artists and emerging stars, this year’s edition features a rare London concert by the legendary Herbie Hancock and a kids' fairytale show.
3. Sports fans have four NFL games to look forward to in London this autumn. 8 teams, including last year’s Super Bowl runners up, Los Angeles Rams, will be flying over for matches at Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
4. Remember, remember the 5th of November; spectacular firework displays will be taking place across London to mark Bonfire Night. We recommend the Fireworks Festival on 1st and 2nd November at Alexandra Palace in North London, with film screenings, ice skating, cabaret shows, a street food festival and beer festival alongside the pyrotechnics.
5. Sample a taste of German culture in the capital with Oktoberfest events taking place across the city. Millwall Park, Olympia London and City Central at the HAC will all be transformed as you sing along and dance on the benches with music, bratwursts and German beer.
6. This is, of course, just a snapshot of the many events to look forward to in London over the next few months. Why not use Corus Hotel Hyde Park as your base and take advantage of our Weekend Bliss offer. We’ll give you 15% off your overnight stay, free breakfast and a complimentary glass of prosecco until 29th December 2019.
Autumn is officially upon us! Time for woodland walks in wellies, leaf crunching, conker collecting, and mugs of silky hot chocolate. This is a favourite time of year at The Hillcrest Hotel – our warm, welcoming hotel in Widnes is the perfect place to relax with a meal, drink or a good book after a day of exploring.
We’ve rounded up a list of 7 brilliant autumn and winter activities in Cheshire that the whole family will enjoy, all less than 50 minutes from our hotel. Start planning your next adventure now!
1. Autumn Fair, Beeston Castle, Cheshire
5th & 6th October 2019
Embrace the season at Beeston Castle’s Autumn Fair, where you can enjoy outdoor activities including falconry displays, music, wildlife groups, local craftsmen and a dog show! Explore the castle’s 4,000 year history and 40 acres of woodland park.
46 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
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