Do you want to photograph a ghost? Or take a ‘spooky selfie’ and see an apparition appear? Come to the Isle of Wight, Britain’s most haunted island this autumn and see spirits materialise in front of your eyes, with a new phone app that allows you to ‘ghost bomb’ your photographs. You can then send your spooky shots to friends or share them on social media.
To tie in with Paramount Pictures UK’s latest release ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,’ the terrifying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity films www.paranormalmovie.co.uk, to be released in cinemas everywhere October 21, you can visit some of the most haunted locations in Britain, hear the sad and ghoulish stories of their former inhabitants and be photographed with supernatural apparitions.
In fact the new Isle of Fright app will allow you to see and hear the Island’s ethereal inhabitants anywhere in the world but don’t forget to enhance your ghost trail experience on an Isle of Wight autumn break, visiting the original haunts of the ghosts you will encounter. Luckily information on how to get to the Isle of Wight and other things to do here is included in the Isle of Fright app. For more information see www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Thirteen of the Isle of Wight‘s most haunted destinations are featured in audio ghost stories, narrated by spirit guide Marc Tuckey, that can be downloaded free from the app. These spooky spots include Appuldurcombe House, former home of the Lady Seymour Worsley – recently featured in the BBC drama “The Scandalous Lady W” and Knighton Gorges, the grand house of her former lover George Bisset. The first without a roof and the other long gone, do their former inhabitants live on?
Ventnor Botanic Garden was once tended by the consumptive patients of the Royal National Hospital that stood where the car park now sits – do they still wander the garden by night?
Take a photo with your smart phone and ghosts will appear in your viewfinder and in the photographs you take of your friends and family. This Isle of Fright app is available to download this October and November only and you can use it wherever you go – although the Isle of Wight is the best place to find ghosts in the UK. See www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/isle-of-fright-ghost-trail for a link to the app, which goes live on October 4th.
October half-term has the greatest incidence of supernatural experiences you might have on the ‘Isle of Fright’. Visit Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned before being taken to London and beheaded – some say they see him reappear. Don’t miss their “Spooky Castle” for all sorts of spine-tingling adventures.
Park of the Dead, the Isle of Wight’s popular live action horror experience is back this Halloween with ‘Lab 17’, a special laboratory tasked with creating a ‘super soldier’ to eradicate the massed zombie hoards.
Be charmed when you wander through the magical Electric Woods Festival of Light at Robin Hill or visit the country’s oldest theme park and former haunt of smugglers, Blackgang Chine, illuminated every evening after the bewitching hour begins.
Take an enchanted steam train trip from the IW Steam Railway during their ‘Wizard Week’ for kids and be transported back to a bygone age. There’s hubble, bubble, toil and trouble at The Needles Landmark Attraction this October half-term, and you’re asked to look out for ghoulish goings-on, and spooky shenanigans!
On an Isle of Wight Autumn Break you could see a host of ghosts. But you could also discover our stunning countryside and coastline by foot or by bike, indulge in fabulous food at our award-winning restaurants and pubs and be enthralled by our heritage and culture.
We have the highest concentration of festivals in the UK and this autumn you can attend Harp on Wight in Ryde, to hear harp music and even learn to play a harp; see and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in Cowes; indulge in the new Bembridge Food Festival on October 2nd to 4th, find fine Island wines at the IW Steam Railway Wine Festival or discover our wonderful Island on one of over 40 walks included in the Autumn Walking Weekend’s programme.
Whether you’re mad for ghost hunting or would rather unplug and unwind on your Autumn Break, there’s something that will enchant everyone on the Isle of Wight this autumn.