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Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostToday is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.  Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year. 

These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.

One place you should visit today is Llancaiach Fawr, a 16th century manor house and, reportedly, the most haunted house in Wales.  Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie and that of an unidentified young boy. 

Llanciach Fawr is marking Halloween with a spooky ghost tour where visitors can see if any spirits are coming out to play.  Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.

Aside from the ghost tours, Llancaiach Fawr itself is a great day out.  Visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time.   Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

Take a look at their website for more details.

The Most Haunted House in Wales

Llancaiach GhostLlancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly is a great day out.

It's an old manor house built in 1530 and today visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time. Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie, a young boy and even the spirit of the Colnel Pritchard himself.

Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.

Take a look at their website for more details.

The Lost Village of Kenfig

Kenfig CastleWhilst the area around the village of Kenfig is today considered a hugely important ecological site, the massive sand dunes have their own secrets.

Buried beneath the sand is the Medieval Borough of Kenfig, rich in Roman and medieval history, its treasures now buried by the ever changing and drifting dunes.

The ancient settlement was a thriving Walled Town but by the 1600's, sand had swamped it to such a degree that only a handful of people lived there.

Kenfig was a town of some importance as by charter it could levy its own taxes and make its own by-laws. The town had a High Street, a Guildhall and even had a hospital.  Also buried beneath the sands (although the tops of its towers can still be seen poking out) is the 12th century Kenfig Castle.

As you'd expect, this area is full of myths and legends.  Sker House, set in a secluded spot overlooking the sea near a vast lonely beach is one such place.

There are several stories connected to the house. The most fascinating story is one a young woman called Elizabeth Williams who was held for many years in a room within the house by her father Isaac. He had discovered that she was involved in a relationship with a local harpist named Thomas Evans.

Eventually her father forced her into a loveless but lucrative marriage which resulted in her death of a broken heart.  Her ghost has been seen several times, standing by a window upstairs. She is seen peering across the moors awaiting her lover Thomas. People believe that if you see her it is an omen of bad luck - what do you think?

For more information on Kenfig take a look at the Visit Bridgend website

Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostThis weekend is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.  Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year.  These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.

There are plenty of events happening throughout Southern Wales to celebrate Halloween.  St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff are running a series of ghost tours through their site calling at some of their haunted buildings as you go. 

Meanwhile Tredegar House on the outskirts of Newport is getting all creepy.  Visitors are invited dared to explore the cobwebbed halls and living graveyard.

If you're feeling really brave then you should head for the most haunted house in Wales - Llancaiach Fawr near Caerphilly.  Strange goings-on have been reported throughout the house and grounds.  They're marking Halloween with a Psychic Evening and Ghost Tours

The Most Haunted House in Wales

Llancaiach FawrLlancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly is a great day out.

It's an old manor house built in 1530 and today visitors can step back in time to 1645 and the time of the Civil War.

The house is decorated in the style of the era and visitors get the chance to meet the mansion's servants who will tell you of what life was like at that time. Servants you might come across include the maids, the cooks and the groom. And if you're lucky you might even get the chance to meet Colonel Pritchard, the master of the house himself.

The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. Many sightings and strange goings on have been reported in almost every room of the house. Ghosts are believed to include a former housekeeper named Mattie, a young boy and even the spirit of the Colnel Pritchard himself.

Take a look for yourself on the Ghost Cam, if you dare.