A North East ghost hunter has made a haunting start to 2023 by announcing a spine-chilling series of visits to some of the region’s apparent most haunted spots.

Expert in all things paranormal Steve Watson is celebrating his 14th year running GHOSTNorthEast, which gives people the chance to experience ghostly encounters in the historic buildings of Newcastle, Sunderland, and Northumberland to name a few. “The team still see it as a pleasure and privilege to still be continuing our passion after all these years,” Steve said of the successful tour business with a supernatural twist.

“This year sees us return to some of our regular favourite locations, some which we have investigated from the very start and are still getting surprising results,” he teased. Several locations have now been confirmed for the coming months, where visitors will brave buildings after dark – but you’ll have to be quick if you’re hoping to snap up tickets, with a few nights already sold out.

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Visits to the Charles Young Centre in South Shields, The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland, and Northumberland’s famous Chillingham Castle – which was voted the scariest castle in the UK last year for its ghostly reputation – are already fully booked. The team are also set to return to Newcastle’s oldest Library the Lit & Phil, which Steve has dubbed the most haunted building in the city, with dates to be announced soon.

Tickets are currently still available for visits to Ashington‘s Masonic Hall in January and Sunderland’s Phoenix Lodge Masonic Temple in February, the latter of which is thought to be the oldest purpose-built Masonic Temple in the world dating back to 1785. Then it’s off to Creighton Hall in Embleton in April, before stopping off to check for ghostly goings-on at Jarrow Hall later in the month – a site that can be traced back to Anglo-Saxon times.

GHOSTNorthEast are returning to Chillingham Castle in Northumberland - supposedly the most haunted castle in Britain
GHOSTNorthEast are returning to Chillingham Castle in Northumberland – supposedly the most haunted castle in Britain

Tickets for the remaining dates are priced at £25 per person and are available on the GHOSTNorthEast website, but you’ll need nerves of steel to brave these buildings – the visits take place in the dead of night between 9pm and 2am. Organisers promise “100% honesty” and guarantee that anything happens on the night is genuine – and in the past that has involved everything from the sounds of footsteps and crying to furniture moving unaided, and even sights of ghostly figures stalking the corridors.

GHOSTNorthEast are running events outside the region too, including Jedburgh Jail on the Scottish border and the abandoned hospital Newsham Park in Liverpool. “We are releasing more dates and locations all the time, and hopefully there will be a couple of surprises in store,” Steve promised.

“We also ask the public to get involved, and in the past we have investigated buildings that have been recommended by our guests, so if you have any ideas, please feel free to contact us via the website or Facebook.” Steve is also set to release his fourth book this year, Paranormal Middlesbrough, following the success of his previous titles The Chronicles of a Ghosthunter, Paranormal Newcastle and Paranormal Sunderland.

Do you know of any ‘haunted’ buildings that GHOSTNorthEast should visit next? Let us know in the comments below.


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