Sun 22 Oct - Tues 31 Oct 2017 


6pm-11pm, gates open at 5.30pm. Timed haunted experience, every hour from 6-10pm.  


Bolsover Castle 

Suitable For


A couple stand at the steps to the darkened and haunted Little Castle, watched over by menacing eyes

Fright Fest at Bolsover Castle 

Expect the unexpected as you step into the Little Castle to unearth spine tingling stories of its paranormal past. Built on an ancient burial ground, Bolsover is one of England's most haunted sites with unexplained happenings, dark secrets and ghostly goings on. Face your fears and keep your head as we meddle with your mind on a journey through the castle's scariest corners. Are you brave enough to join us? This is one guided tour you will never forget.

If you are lucky enough to make it out, outside there is a host of Halloween entertainment for you to enjoy. Practise your scream on our fearsome fairground, enjoy a different kind of spirit in our haunted bar, fill up on our beastly BBQ and be entertained by our Only Fools and Corpses play in the Riding School. All this in the ominous shadows of Bolsover's iconic castle, where you can never be quite sure what's around the corner!

This event is not suitable for people of a nervous disposition, those who are pregnant, have a heart condition or epilepsy. Entry is advised for over 14s and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult throughout. Please be aware that the experience takes place in the dark and that there will be strobe lighting and loud noises.

The site is open from 5.30pm to 11pm and guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the bar, BBQ, fairground and spooky surroundings for as longs as you wish.

Please wrap up warm and dress for all weathers as much of the event will take place outdoors in an unheated space.

See here for our Frightfest FAQ's page

Do you have nerves of steel? Find out more about our Keeper of the Keys volunteer position.

Buy tickets


Type Price
Member (Adult) 8.00
Adult 13.00

Price Notes

Ticket price is for the event only. Corporate members pay English Heritage member rates to this event.

How to book

Booking is essential. You are welcome to arrive at the event at any time from 5.30pm, but must check in to admissions no later than 30 minutes before your time slot. Deadlines for check in are below. The event may be fully booked, so it may not be possible to accommodate late arrivals. Time slot: 6-7pm Last Arrival Time at Admissions Desk: 5.30pm Time slot: 7-8pm Last Arrival Time at Admissions Desk: 6.30pm Time slot: 8-9pm Last Arrival Time at Admissions Desk: 7.30pm Time slot: 9-10pm Last Arrival Time at Admissions Desk: 8.30pm Here you will be given a 15 minute timed entry time to our Little Castle Experience, where haunted happenings and spooky goings on will test your metal! Please ensure you are at the Little Castle entrance in good time for your slot.

How to find us

Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Derbyshire, East Midlands

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