Harrogate man set to launch town’s first ghost walk


Aug 31, 2021
Paul Forster is behind the Harrogate Ghost Walk.

A Harrogate man with a love of all things spooky and historical is to launch what he believes to be the town’s first ghost walk.

Paul Forster, who has trained as a magician and actor, hopes to make the experience an unforgettable one with a mixture of storytelling and theatrics.

The plan started before the pandemic and Mr Forster had planned to launch the walk last October. But with coronavirus restrictions in place he decided to push it back another year.

Harrogate Ghost Walk will start on Halloween weekend. After the initial launch, the walk will take place on the first and last Friday of every month.

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The one-hour route will start outside the Royal Pump Room Museum and take in The Alexandra pub, The Crown Hotel and The Harrogate Club.

Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children. Walks start at 8.30pm and can cater for 30 people.

Mr Forster told the Stray Ferret:

“It was a shame to not launch last year but I have spent the whole of the coronavirus pandemic researching and gathering as much information as I could.

“Harrogate has some great stories, some are hard to believe. I have got some surprises in there and I don’t want to give anything away but there are some scream factor moments too.”

One of his favourite stories is the time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author behind the Sherlock Holmes novels, held a seance at The Harrogate Club.

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