What could be more exciting than spending a long weekend at an old farmhouse in the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District, delving into the mysterious world of Ghosts, Myths and Legends. Spend the days relaxing, and taking part in various spiritual workshops and discussions, whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this old house? As the night draws in after a homecooked meal, prepare yourself for some ghost hunting activities, including an off site location booked just for you to investigate.
Our Ghosts, Myths and Legends weekend at This wonderful old Farmhouse is sure delight those who attend, and when you see what we have planned for you, you will see just why!
Situated at the bottom of a valley surrounded by an ancient wood and cool fast flowing stream in the Staffordshire Peak District, your accommodation for the weekend will be a gorgeous old farmhouse built in 1730 – which according to the resident cleaner, has a ghost or two of its own. Perhaps we will discover the story of these resident spirits over the course of the weekend?
Each of the 7 bedrooms are all en-suite with shower, toilet and sink, Large screen TV with freeview. Each room is decorated to the highest level of country cottage comfort, with lots of space for relaxing after the day’s activities. On site we also have a large sitting room with SKY T.V, large dining area and spacious private garden – complete with it’s own large heated hot tub, plus a private spring cascading into a pool, comfortable garden furniture and even a detached games room located in a stone outbuilding.
Friday 13th March 2020
19:00 – Welcome and Arrival
Receive a warm welcome from our team and be shown to your bedroom for the weekend. take time to freshen up and arrange your luggage
20:00 – Welcome Introduction
Join the team for a glass of Cava, Bucks Fizz or Orange juice as we get the weekend off to a great start, meeting your team and other house guests for your fabulous weekend. We will go through the itinerary and describe what we aim get out of your weekend. We will also have a Q&A session. We will also have a relaxed ice breaking activity to enjoy.
20:45 – Dinner is served
We will be serving up some fantastic winter warmer foods for dinner – Main and dessert
21:45 – Victorian Séance and Human Pendulum Experiment
After pudding we will with your help conduct an authentic Victorian seance and Human pendulum experiment. Who will come through in the candle light, you will have to be there to find out?
22:45 – Time to retire
After our spirit communication you will be free to retire for the night, or if you wish, night owls can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and get to know your fellow guest better, perhaps even sharing ghostly stories into the night.
Saturday 14th March 2020
08:30 – 09:30 – Wakey wakey, It’s breakfast time!
Enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast with cereals and toast being also available for you to enjoy, setting you up right for the day ahead
10:00 – Lecture one: Working with your Chakras
Learn how to gain holistic control of your physical, emotional and mental welfare by harnessing your chakras – Energy centres in the body that can influence personal development and health.
11:00 – Refreshment break
Enjoy some lovely tea, coffee and biscuits
11:20 – Guided Tour: The Legend of Lud’s Church – An alternative workshop will also take place during this time for those who wish not to take this walk.
Area of outstanding natural beauty and ancient pagan chapel – 30 minute walk from our accommodation (not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited walking ability)
Grab your backpack and take the short walk into the wooded valley and enter a whole new world of magic and mystery. Learn about the myths and Legends along the way, from standing in the ruins of an old Inn, a site where many passing peddlers were last seen alive, and where the landlady served the “finest” meat pies at a local market –Was there a link?
Pass Craggy outcrops that crown upon a large valley before entering the underworld, a 100ft natural cavern carved into the rock, feel the temperature drop as you enter – would this have anything to do with the ghost of certain young pagan girl – whose life was taken during a massacre of her fellow men and woman for practicing an outlawed faith – it is said she was buried here too and now her spirit still roams.
For those of you who are familiar with the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the round table, you will of course have heard all about Sir Gwain and the Green Knight. As you enter Lud’s church behold, you are in the location of the fabled Green Chapel – the site where Sir-Gwain was to lose his head with the single blow of an axe to keep his promise. Some say a certain rock formation even shows the figure of the Green Knight, ready to jump into your path.
Find a comfy rock and allow our guide to tell you the tale of Sir Gwain, and that of the Green Knight, a legend that concludes in the location you now stand.
13:00 – Lunch
Enjoy our often complimented Homemade soup and warm, crusty bread rolls.
14:00 – 16:00 – Free Time
Take some time to re-energize from your walk. Enjoy the facilities of the accommodation such as the hot tub, or perhaps take a power nap if needed. We have a ghost hunt later so you need to conserve some of this energy – why not take part in our Chakra Bracelet craft and make your own bracelet to keep?
16:00 – 17:00 Lecture Two: Ghost hunting techniques
Find out from our team of investigators why we ghost hunt at night, what different hauntings are documented and what we can do to create the right conditions. We take a look at some of the equipment that can be used, discus what a ouija board is and how it has developed in time.
17:30 – Dinner
This feast will be something to write home about. Enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner cooked by our wonderful team
19:30 – 12:00 – The Paranormal Investigation at the haunted, Ford Green Hall
Get out your torches and gather together as we head off for your ghost hunt at Ford Green Hall, built in 1624 this amazing wood framed Hall we envelope you into a world from the past, decked out with antique furniture, dark rooms and creepy corridors this really will be an amazing experience. Take part in various experiments lead by the experienced Haunted Houses team. Who will you discover lurking in the shadows when the lights die down, and what story will they share with us. Let the fright times begin!
Please note: The venue is 17 miles from our accommodation and own transport will be required to get to the location, car sharing can be arranged on the day. A free onsite car park is available at Ford Green Hall.
Sunday 15th March 2020
09:30 – 11:30 Late risers breakfast
Wow, what a night we had last night, but oh boy are we tired! Enjoy a late morning breakfast to help you feel alive again, with plenty of orange juice to revive your mind.
12:00 – Free time to explore, Shop, eat …
You cannot come to the Peak District without exploring it’s breath-taking beauty. Feel free to head on out and visit the local area, take lunch at a quaint village such as nearby Buxton in a café or pub of your choice, Take a walk to the breathtaking Roaches, or remain in the Farmhouse to unwind with new friends using all of the facilities on offer.
– A selection our activities will be arranged in the farmhouse for those who choose not to leave
13:30 – Lunch (for those who did not head out)
Join us in the kitchen for some healthy baked potatoes, served with various fillings. Served with fresh salad items.
18:30 – Closing party and buffet
Celebrate a great weekend with a closing party, let down your hair and enjoy yourselves fully with music.
Monday 16th March 2020
09:00 – Continental breakfast then depart (10am departure time)
Ford Green Hall
A man is often seen around the hall wearing period costume and carrying a silver topped cane. Visitors have often assumed that he is an actor until other people in the group inform them that they haven’t seen him, and the staff tell them that there are no re-enactors around at that time. The man has also been seen numerous times by the past curator of the museum. Could this be the spirit of William Ford who was known to use a similar cane? Imagine the stories he could tell!
A spirit of a woman has been seen in a bedroom and it seems she appears through a brick wall. This wall is not an original feature and seems to be in place of a staircase. Is the lady simply a residual energy reliving her life whilst using the stairs; or is she a spirit that is waiting for the right person to tell her story too!
There is also a man who has been seen standing at the top of the attic stairs, he wears a red coat and stands with his hands on his hips. Is he simply observing his house guests or is he waiting to punish anyone who steps out of place.
The ghost of a cat is said to often appear and Haunted Houses guests themselves have encountered him, running into rooms but on searching is nowhere to be found. The buildings’ staff report heavy footsteps coming from above and spinning wheels on display have been seen to move, seemingly all by themselves. Which spirit will you encounter when you join Haunted Houses for a ghost hunt at this historic and beautiful location in Stoke on Trent.
Said to be haunted by the spirit of a young pagan girl of great beauty, Can we connect with her on our journey into this underworld crevasse.
Your Farm House Accomodation
Built in 1730 to be used as a Farm House, A large mill was also built around this time within it’s grounds. Documented in old travel books as being sited in one of the most attractive areas of the country
Ford Green Hall
Ford Green Hall is a Grade II listed building which was erected as a 17th Century timber framed yeoman farmhouse. It was built in 1624 for Hugh Ford. The Ford family lived here for 200 years; it was then divided into three areas which housed four cottages. It was during this period that the distinctive timber frame was covered in white stucco.
It is now a museum run by a charitable organisation that gives an insight into how life would have been in the 17th Century and is Stoke-on-Trent’s oldest surviving building. Although the rooms today appear to take you back in time, they are not shown how they used to be in Mr. Fords’ time. Can you reach out to spirit to uncover the true usage of these rooms?
A natural crevice of immense beauty cut into the earth. Ageless and ancient, said to be a site of pagan worship and the location noted in the oldest and best known Medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Learn all about this story on your weekend.