Groundlings Theatre

 

Overview

Staff refuse to walk the building alone at night. Are you brave enough to investigate in the dead of night with only a torch to find your way around? Groundlings is reported to be very haunted and ghost sightings have often been reported.

Groundlings Theatre Ghost Hunts

Get ready for an exciting ghost hunt at the fascinating and unique Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth. Steeped in history dating back to 1784 this building serves up plenty for ghost hunters, with links to Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens. Groundlings started as a school and there have been reports of children seen roaming the theatre over the years and sounds of children laughing. The theatre is reported to be very haunted with poltergeist activity as an added extra! Staff refuse to walk the building alone, can you brave being in this building in the dead of night, with only a torch to find your way around?

Check out the History and Ghosts section for more spooky information on Groundlings Theatre Ghost Hunts.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your ghost hunt you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

Reported Ghosts

There have been many reports of paranormal activity at Groundlings Theatre so much so that the staff refuse to walk the building at night alone. The building is said to be haunted by ten friendly ghosts, although there have been reports of poltergeist activity in the past. The sounds of children laughing have been heard and it is said that children still roam the theatre from days gone by when the building was used as a school. Strange unexplained noises, footsteps coming from empty rooms and even full ghostly sightings.

Venue History

Built in 1784, Groundling Theatre is a unique building steeped in history with secret doors and hidden rooms. It was formerly known as “The Old Benny”, the first free school for impoverished children. Starting out as a boys only school, with a very disciplinary attitude to education, the downstairs was the classroom and the upstairs was used by high society for meetings, theatre and concerts.

In 1837 the school expanded to include girls and later a junior school was formed in 1873.The school closed in 1939 on account of World War II and it said that a Nazi sympathizer shone a torch from the rooftop to indicate to bombers seeking to bomb Portsmouth Dockyard. The school closed in 1962 and became a youth training centre before becoming the Groundlings Theatre in 2010.

The theatre was frequented by Queen Victoria and in 1812 Elizabeth Dickens went into labour with Charles Dickens when attending a dance in the building. The building still retains a lot of it’s original features such as floorboards and fireplaces.

Groundlings Theatre Ghost Hunts

Get ready for an exciting ghost hunt at the fascinating and unique Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth. Steeped in history dating back to 1784 this building serves up plenty for ghost hunters, with links to Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens. Groundlings started as a school and there have been reports of children seen roaming the theatre over the years and sounds of children laughing. The theatre is reported to be very haunted with poltergeist activity as an added extra! Staff refuse to walk the building alone, can you brave being in this building in the dead of night, with only a torch to find your way around?

Check out the History and Ghosts section for more spooky information on Groundlings Theatre Ghost Hunts.

Your Event

On a ghost hunt with Haunted Houses you will have exclusive access to the building/location during the evening. You will learn all about ghost hunting and the techniques used to encourage paranormal activity. We have a whole host of scientific ghost hunt equipment for you to use to aid communication with the spirits. You can take part in Ouija boards, glass divination and table tipping; the more traditional ghost hunt techniques. Or simply sitting in the dark and asking for the spirits to interact with you. Lone vigils (ghost hunting alone) will also be offered where available. During your ghost hunt you will be split into smaller groups so you can get the most out of your experience. If you are new to ghost hunting we warn you now – by the end of the night you may just become addicted to the fascinating and intriguing world of ghost hunting.

This is a real ghost hunt experience, there is no fakery, tricks or actors jumping out at you. What are you waiting for? Book your places today from just £20 deposit!

Haunted Houses look forward to welcoming you at this amazing building and sharing a night that you will not forget.

Built in 1784, Groundling Theatre is a unique building steeped in history with secret doors and hidden rooms. It was formerly known as “The Old Benny”, the first free school for impoverished children. Starting out as a boys only school, with a very disciplinary attitude to education, the downstairs was the classroom and the upstairs was used by high society for meetings, theatre and concerts.

In 1837 the school expanded to include girls and later a junior school was formed in 1873.The school closed in 1939 on account of World War II and it said that a Nazi sympathizer shone a torch from the rooftop to indicate to bombers seeking to bomb Portsmouth Dockyard. The school closed in 1962 and became a youth training centre before becoming the Groundlings Theatre in 2010.

The theatre was frequented by Queen Victoria and in 1812 Elizabeth Dickens went into labour with Charles Dickens when attending a dance in the building. The building still retains a lot of it’s original features such as floorboards and fireplaces.

There have been many reports of paranormal activity at Groundlings Theatre so much so that the staff refuse to walk the building at night alone. The building is said to be haunted by ten friendly ghosts, although there have been reports of poltergeist activity in the past. The sounds of children laughing have been heard and it is said that children still roam the theatre from days gone by when the building was used as a school. Strange unexplained noises, footsteps coming from empty rooms and even full ghostly sightings.

  • Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
  • Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
  • Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
  • Keep refreshed! Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits available all night and included in the ticket price unless specified. Dietary requirements also catered for
  • Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
  • Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
  • Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
  • Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
  • Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
  • Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
  • Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
  • You may hold your place with a £20 deposit, and pay you balance four weeks before your event
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • Not suitable for those in pregnancy
  • This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
  • All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
  • This location has no onsite carpark. Parking is via public car parks (fee may apply)
  • Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
  • This is not a sleepover event
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users

Groundlings Theatre

£45.00 Per Person

Staff refuse to walk the building alone at night. Are you brave enough to investigate in the dead of night with only a torch to find your way around? Groundlings is reported to be very haunted and ghost sightings have often been reported.

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