Top UK Ghost Girl Hauntings

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You would have to have been living under a rock  for the last few months if you weren’t aware that the Ghostbusters blockbuster movie has made a triumphant return. This classic remake boasts a star-studded all-female team including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McCinnon. It’s been getting us all thinking a lot more about what the paranormal, especially paranormal women.

A recent study compiled by money-saving website ranked the spookiest destinations in the UK, haunted by female ghosts. This ‘spook scale’ indicates the scare factor levels based on previous encounters with the spirits. Results from the study show that the South East has the most traumatised souls in the country.

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“Most of us have grown up hearing ghost stories and tales, something which the UK, brimming with history, has an abundance of. Inspired by the release of Ghostbusters, we’ve discovered a lot of these tales star a female protagonist,” said Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager.

 The great thing for budding Ghostbusters is that all these places are easily accessible to visit. If you fancy yourself as a Ghostbuster, you can seek out these female spirits and tick off this extensive list, at your own risk.

 Spine-Chilling South East


 Amongst the tranquil South East scenery lurks a number of terrifying tales. The Screaming Lady of Hampton Court Palace, more familiarly known as Catherine Howard, really brings history to life with her piercing screams regaled in the gallery. While no less than four female ghosts will keep you on your toes in Pluckley village in Kent, leaving no place to hide for those who scare easily.

 Visit Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, Surrey £21/£19.80 (on the gate/online purchase)

 Creepy Capital


 Venturing towards the cackling capital will not leave budding ghostbusters disappointed. The Tower of London is a good place to start, where you may meet the headless spirit of Anne Boleyn, or the notorious Arabella Stuart in the Queen’s House. Plus you’ll get more than a Thames view when you get in the lift at The Savoy, London, which is manned by the spirit of a little girl.

 Visit the Tower of London £23.£21.30 (on the gate/online purchase)

A night in the Savoy costs between £381-£671

 Nightmarish North West


 The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool seems to have the most mischievous resident spirits. One ghoul may be caught ruthlessly rooting through your belongings in the early hours, while another may spell-bindingly stroke your hair.

 A night in The Adelphi Hotel costs between £41 and £82

 Night Terror North East


 Many of these legends will bring a tear to your eye, with several of these spirits meeting their end after being mistreated by loved ones. One of the saddest tales is that of Constance de Beverly, a nun at Whitby Abbey who, after falling in love, subsequently broke the sacred vows she made to her religious order. Bricked up alive in a dungeon as punishment, her ghost has been spotted in the stairwell cowering and begging for freedom.

 Visit Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, for £7.90

 Spooky South-West


 If you’re visiting Devon this summer, Berry Pomeroy Castle is certainly not for the faint hearted. The castle is inhabited by at least two tormented souls. The more notorious is that of Margaret Pomeroy, known since her death as the White Lady, whose sister imprisoned and starved her to death over jealousy of her beauty. The second is the Blue Lady, believed to be the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped and impregnated by her father, and when she gave birth, strangled the baby. Her spirit lures visitors into different parts of the castle in order to get them lost from their group.

 Visit the Berry Pomeroy Castle in South Devon for £6.20

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Sonntags Karaoke im Mauerpark- Bearpit Karaoke

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When I first encountered Mauerpark, I had no idea what Bearpit Karaoke was. I was going for the flea market, which in itself is incredible and worth a visit. It was by the time I’d purchased my second hamsa themed bracelet, a victorian lithograph of a dissected Death’s-head Hawkmoth, and my fifth Radler, that I heard what I thought was an outdoor concert taking place across the dusty expanse of picnickers, frisbee enthusiasts, and dog walkers. I wandered over in the direction of the music, and there emerged a sight that literally made me gasp.

I saw Joe Hatchiban, a charming Irishman with a wit sharper than cut glass, crouching at the base of a huge stone amphitheatre that had been built into a towering grassy bank. Behind him was a bicycled laden with sound equipment, a laptop, and two huge speakers. There was also a middle aged man wearing a straw hat and what appeared to be lederhosen, bellowing Frank Sinatra’s My Way into a microphone, and gesturing towards a cheering crowd of hundreds.

Hatchiban has been emceeing at Bearpit since 2009. Every Sunday, if the weather is good, people from all over the world (I mean, literally, from countries I have never even heard of) congregate here to sing ballads, chart toppers, and classics. A huge part of what makes Bearpit special is the atmosphere; the crowd is always incredibly enthusiastic, even if your singing is pants. In fact, it doesn’t really matter if you can sing or not, as long as you can entertain the crowd. Just be confident, maybe throw some shapes, laugh at yourself, it’s all in fun.

The first time I attended Bearpit I saw a beatboxing Berliner who somehow managed to work Bohemian Rhapsody into his performance, a large man with a Mohawk who sang Brazilian classic Ai Se Eu Te Pego and got half the audience down on the stage to dance, a girl from Bangladesh whose rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart gave me shivers, and a long-haired Irish boy who yelped A Kiss From A Rose, threw his shirt into the crowd, and had me laughing so much that I felt physical pain. Imagine attending the strangest of X Factor auditions, without the gut wrenching awkwardness. For approximately three minutes, every person who graced the stage shone in the spotlight of the summer sun like a rockstar.

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Things usually kick off at 3:00pm, and I recommend getting there at 2:00pm to bag a good spot. Once seated, you will see guys wading through the audience selling beers and other beverages, so you won’t have to bring your own if you don’t want to! Running time is usually 4 hours, and to close you will be treated to Joe’s own rendition of Minnie the Moocher, and I can guarantee that you will find him strangely attractive after that.

Check their Facebook page for more information.

Mauerpark, Gleimstrasse 55, 10437 Berlin | Sun 3:00-19:00|  free event |  M10 Wollinerstraße 

Birthday Adventures in Leeds

In the preceding weeks I was really not looking forward to my birthday. I’m not saying that 22 is ancient, the rational voice in my head tells me that it isn’t . It’s just something about the jump from 21 to 22 in terms of being an adult and the adult things that people expect from you seem different…and terrifying.

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But these looming adult changes did not stop my Birthday from being wonderful. Mainly because I got to visit the beautiful Roundhay Park. Wandering around the lakes, weaving through the forest, encountering numerous lovable dogs and discovering the smallest castle in history made me happier than I have been in a good while. There is something about nature and being surrounded by green that makes me feel relaxed. I often find that living in a city puts me in a constant state of panic and anxiety that I should be rushing around doing a million things at a time, so as not to miss out on anything. Being in Roundhay Park made me forget about all that, and suddenly it all seemed a bit trivial.

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When we had adventured through the whole park, we went to find sustenance at the lakeside cafe. As usual, I wanted all of the cake. I also had a cointreau hot chocolate, which was divine. Then we headed straight for cocktails at The Alchemist in the Trinity Shopping Centre. One thing I have come to learn about myself is that I am not satisfied unless my cocktails look like a science experiment, exploding dry ice for miles. And The Alchemist delivers all of this and more. Try the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ for an extra special drink that is served in teacups!

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After consuming many fabulous drinks, we went home for a bit to prepare for the evening meal at Browns, again somewhere that I had never been before. I was not left disappointed, as their food was totally divine, the service was prompt….and they also had really good cocktails. I was going to go for champagne but at the end of it all I was so stuffed I couldn’t manage it. We shared a baked Camembert with sour dough soldiers to start, followed by white cream and truffle oil pasta, and finished with sticky toffee pudding with stem ginger ice-cream and profiteroles with chocolate lime sauce. See picture below for a better idea of the utter awesomeness of this meal.

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So after this fantastic day of nature, food, drink, laughter and love, we rolled home full and content. It was an absolutely amazing birthday, and I have been in a fantastic mood ever since, despite catching a cold.