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In January 2014, I was lucky enough to go on a ghost hunt at alton towers. Here is my trip report. I hope you like it and feel free to add any comments or ask any questions Alton Towers Ghost Hunt 11 January 2014
On arrival at Alton Towers, we made our way to the Goods & Admissions entrance. Security guided us around the road to the left of Sonic Spinballs queue and told us to park in front of the golf challenge.
To the right you could see the glow of the red and green lights (primarily used in Alton Towers Scarefest) lighting up the Towers Ruins. Looking towards X-Sector too, The Smiler was standing high and proud in the mist.
9.00pm and we all gathered on the lawns outside the ruins and were registered into the event where we were shown where the nearest loos were in fountain square, and then taken into the Chapel of the Towers where light refreshments were handed out.
Once all 48 people were inside the chapel, safety talks were explained and we got to know the team members and other guests. At approximately 9.45, we were split into 2 groups.
Group 1 stayed in the chapel and carried out a workshop whilst the second group (my group) went for a tour of the Alton Towers ruins. We explored, with a team member and spiritual medium, the kitchens, gallery, banqueting hall and conservatory.
A few names of people (or energies, as the medium explained that the presence of an energy isn't always the presence of a human or a ghost) were picked up. These contained the names of Sarah, John, Joseph and a few more.
In the banqueting hall, the smells of farming and horses were picked up by myself and a number of others. In the conservatory, the presence of a dog was picked up whilst also the presence of children being sensed. One child was said to have died through some form of water accident, drowning or falling into a frozen pond.
Once we had finished in the conservatory, we made our way back to the chapel where we then took part in the workshop. We were told to relax and to do this, we were put under some kind of trance where we followed this ball of light as it followed through our bodies. Once we were relaxed, we carried out some activities. These included dousing (2 forks that spiritual energies show you a yes or a no answer to the questions you ask it) and calling out to the spirits.
Lots of people picked up energies or presences of a male up on the balcony in the Alton Towers Chapel whilst towards the other end, a presence of a female was picked up on. Once we had picked up these energies, we then sat in a circle around a table, holding hands with the people next to us. The leader of the workshop called out to the energies to show their presence.
In this, a green light sensor was used where if it senses something, the lights will change into an orange and red colour. The closer it got, the redder the lights went. This happened on a number of occasions. However the main activity in the chapel contained of the spirits turning on and of a torch on a number of occasions.
The sounds of singing and whistling were also heard in the chapel. After our workshop in the very active chapel, both groups were reunited and then split into 5 different smaller groups of about 8-12 people. We then had 5 different activities with different team members that were located in the chapel, the gallery, the kitchen, the banqueting hall and the conservatory. Our groups first activity was located in the gallery where we placed our index finger on this love heart shaped Planchette (piece of wood on wheels) that was put on a table.
A number of questions were asked to make this piece of equipment move. We split it between all males and then all females placing their hands onto it. The answers were coming through when only the females placed their fingers onto it. The answers we got contained of someone who was a murderer and he enjoyed torturing females.
This activity was short-lived as it took a long while before we got some activity and soon it was time to move onto the next activity. The next activity was located in the conservatory where we were to carry out some table tipping exercises.
Unfortunately, we never got any activity in this area however some other groups said they got some activity in this area of random noises coming from the area towards Hex- The Legend of the Towers. The third activity was located back in the chapel where we carried out some Ouija Board sessions.
We asked the spirits to come forward and talk to us. The glass took us to “HI" and then we asked if it would show us who they wished to contact. The glass went to a few around the table but no real answers were coming from it. The team member asked the glass if they could read and write and the glass went to no. She said then to try doing a similar activity to the 1st activity where we placed our hands on a Planchette and asked questions.
This got a lot of activity with us all having our hands twisted around each other and this piece of equipment moved in an anticlockwise direction. We had to ask the spirits to untangle us. The senses of names such as Jack and Francis were coming into a few people's heads. Unfortunately there seemed to be no connection to these names but the presence of some ones brother was called Jack came about.
After this activity, we had an hours break at 1.30-2.30am. During this we were able to help ourselves to refreshments and nip to the toilets. We also had a group photo taken too. We were able to take a stroll around the dark and sinister towers ruins alone.
Some went to the places where activities were located whilst some went to the service tunnel between the towers ruins and X Sector. A number of loud screams were heard whilst people were running out of the towers.
I must admit, the towers were a very scary place to walk on your own. I was walking from the fountain square toilets towards Hex and was the only person in that area and the sense of either being followed or at least watched was in the atmosphere.
I made sure I wasn't alone for long and made my way back to the chapel where we met with our groups at 2.30am. This was when the 4th activity was to take place.
We were taken to the kitchens which is said to be a heavily active part of the towers. We had torches located in the 4 corners of the room and asked the spirits to turn one of them on. Unfortunately there was no activity with the torches. The team member asked us to form a circle around another green light sensor and asked for some of us to call out and ask the spirits to show their presence.
We got a number of flickers on the lights turning from green to orange and almost red. People said they felt breaths of air being breathed near them whilst others saw shadows around the room. I felt a number of cold breaths on my left hand and saw some kind of black shadow in the middle of the circle which a number of others said they saw but when the torch came back on, nothing was there.
Then a number of people carried out some more glass moving activities and asked the spirits to take the energy from the living and connect to us. The glass moved a few times but nothing really came through the glass.
We then made our way to the banqueting hall to carry out the final activity. This was the room where the smells of farming were smelt. The team member took 2 people and placed them in 2 corners of the room near the doorway whilst the rest of us stayed down the other end. A number of energies were being created around these people in the corners and people said they sensed something in the doorway. Someone else went to stand in the doorway and we placed a green light sensor down there too. Towards the end, the lights flashed orange a few times but it was said that the activity had calmed down as we entered the early hours of the morning.
We then made our way back to the chapel where we could take a quick toilet break and get some final refreshments. We had a quick talk with the paranormal team and were then asked what we had experienced and if we enjoyed the event etc. We were told that we had made it all the way from 9pm till 4am. When we started the temperature was at -1 and when we had finished it was -12.
We made our ways back towards the golf challenge where everybody's cars were frozen over and the pathways in front of the towers ruins were extremely frosty. We warmed the car up and then made our way back down the road to the side of Sonic Spinball and back onto the main road. We arrived back home at promptly 6am on 12th Jan 2014.
Conclusion, overall the event was a real success. I enjoyed it very much so and was a great way to experience a theme park in a way which I have never before. I was pleased with the activity we got and overall was highly enjoyable by all.
All the staff were friendly and everybody got on well with each other.
The event team were called Haunted Happenings.
This was a fantastic way to start of the 2014 theme park season too.