Today is Calan Gaeaf in
Wales. Translated into English, this means the start of
winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New
These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely
celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf
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.
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
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.
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 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
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
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
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,
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
Evening of Mediumship - All Souls Night
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.
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
What other Celtic New Year traditions do you know of? Please
share them with us below.
This 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