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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.

A Frightfully Good Time

Halloween pic31 October is known the world over has Halloween, when ghosts and ghouls come out to play. But did you know this date was celebrated in Wales as Calan Gaeaf, the first day of winter.

Take a look to see what's coming up to celebrate this date.

Half-term Halloween Fun!

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

27 October - 4 November 2012

Halloween fun throughout half-term as well as our hugely popular Halloween Spooktakular (Wednesday 31st October) ...can we make it scarier than last year??? We'll do our best, prepare for the scare!


Halloween Mask Making

Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil

30 - 31 October 2012

Create your own Haolloween mask at this FREE drop-in family workshop. No booking required just drop-in between 11.00am - 1.00pm or 2.00pm - 4.00pm.


Halloween Nights

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff

30 October - 1 November 2012

Dare you visit St Fagans for a fun, otherworldly night of tales and terror? Join a wicked walk around St Fagans after dark, some real welsh ghosts and spooky storytelling. Ever since the St Fagans opened its doors in 1948, staff, visitors and local villagers have experienced the unexplainable at several of the re-erected buildings! So come along in your creepiest costume for a walk around the grounds after dark, and experience a night of light, dark and illusion. You might meet an apparition of the White Lady or come face-to-face with a ghost locked in a magic mirror! Listen out for the haunting howls of the Hounds of Annwn - the mythical dogs of the otherworld. If you visit the Museum's tannery you might see the Tanner's ghost!

Tickets +44(0)29 2087 8440 or visit


Horrible History at the Winding House

Winding House, New Tredegar

30 October - 2 November 2012

Delve into the past this October Half-Term and discover creepy creatures, spooky stories and ghastly goings-on in this week of family activities and crafts! Admission: FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Witch Trails in Llancaiach Fawr & Childrens Halloween ActivitiesLlancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

30 October - 2 November 2012

Childrens' activity 11am to 4pm. Manor house open 10am - 5pm. Normal Manor House entry free includes access to the activities. Craft activities and games for children. Suitable for children up to 11yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities only ticket £4.25 per child, accompanying adults free.


Halloween Ghost Tour

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

31 October 2012

Take a tour around the Manor house on the spookiest night of the year. Go around by candlelight to hear true stories of the uncanny things that have happened to staff and visitors over the years. Please note that Llancaiach Fawr do not fix anything and we cannot guarantee that the house will be active on the evening of your visit. If it is active it could be subtle or not subtle at all.



National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

31 October 2012

Games, stories and a prize fancy dress competition on the spookiest night of the year! Dare you face the Soothsayer in our scary room? Challenge your nose in the horrid hag's game and watch out for the dead Roman soldier haunting the garden!



Halloween ConcertRoyal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama, Cardiff

31 October 2012

Ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night…it may be lunchtime but there's something wicked afoot as the RWCMD Wind Orchestra performs music to set your hair on end. Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain has been scaring the pants off audiences since 1886, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice still casts a dazzling spell. Ear-tickling showpieces by Holst and Chance set the cauldron bubbling. There are 2 performances : 1:15pm and 3:30pm.


Evening of Mediumship - All Souls Night

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

1 November 2012

Simone Johnson is an international award winning paranormal medium, psychic artist and holistic healer. Simone has been nominated for 5 awards in the West Wales Spiritual Connections Awards. Simone covers all areas of spiritual work, healing, psychic art spiritua; development teachings, psychic clairvoyant mediumship. Simone has featured in various magazines including Fate anad Fortune, It's Fate and Chat. Simone has run Spiritual Development courses for 5 years in South Wales and has been doing her Psychic art and healing internationally for 9 years.


Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostHappy New Year.  No, we're not 2 months early.  Today is actually the ancient Celtic New Year or Calan Gaeaf.

The traditional festival marks the end of summer and the beginning of winter.  Like the more widely celebrated Halloween, the ancient Celts believed that this was a spooky time and that there was only a thin line between living and dying.

Families would build a big bonfire and place stones bearing their names on it.  Once the flames had died down the stones would be retrieved and if one was missing then that person would die within the next year.

They would also mark the occasion with a number of other rituals including the wearing of masks whilst children would carve out faces in turnips or swedes and place them in their windows to ward of evil spirits - not too dissimilar to today's celebrations then.

What other Celtic New Year traditions do you know of?  Please share them with us below.

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