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Fear and Haunting in West Norfolk 2023

Halloween is certainly a great time for families and playful frights during the darker evenings. However, for 2023, there is a great deal of dark...

Halloween is certainly a great time for families and playful frights during the darker evenings. However, for 2023, there is a great deal of dark delights specifically for adult visitors to experience in west Norfolk during this season (more than ever before). ‘Fear and Haunting in West Norfolk’ is Visit West Norfolk’s celebratory visitor campaign of suggested chilling experiences specifically tailored for adults.

Lady Chillers & Open Mike Event: For the Love of Words


September 23rd 2023, 7pm – 9pm at Discover Downham.

Halloween starts early in west Norfolk!

The first event date featured in our ‘Fear and Haunting in West Norfolk’ Halloween 2023 tourism campaign: an evening of prose and poetry read by ‘Lady Chillers’ performer Christine Pike. An invitation to all wordsmiths and acoustic performers too – you can either perform an original piece of your own work, or read something that has special meaning to you. Any subject, maximum 5 minutes each piece.

Watch an exclusive extract of Christine’s interview with Visit West Norfolk regarding her forthcoming Lady Chillers event on September 23rd 2023.

This event goes beyond genre writing and beyond Halloween, though Lady Chillers is still very much a part of the event. Tickets for guests are just £5 and there will be a bar for the evening.

Tickets from No8 The Old Bookshop, Downham Market or on Eventbrite.

Part of the WordFest Downham Market 2023 festival.

Lady Chillers Interview: For The Love of Words (Downham Market)
The Wonder Room (King’s Lynn Custom House Exhibition)

The Wonder Room


From October 3rd to 21st 2023, 10am – 4pm Wednesday – Saturday at the King’s Lynn Custom House.

Locally-based artist Christine Pike MA, sculptor and figure maker, uses clay, paperclay and other environmentally responsible sculpting materials to make figurative work that tells stories.

Her love of British folktales and ballads has always informed her work. Her other lifelong fascination is with articulated dolls and marionette figures. Both of these passions feed into her work.

From one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted pieces to small press moulded editions her work reflects the worlds of myth and fairy-tale in all their ambiguity and strangeness…

Visit West Norfolk visited the artist back in September for more details about the show. Watch an exclusive extract of Christine Pike’s interview with Visit West Norfolk below regarding her solo exhibition in King’s Lynn throughout much of October 2023.

Casting the Runes


October 13th 2023, 7.30pm at Westacre Theatre.

A chilling new adaptation of M.R. James’ classic ghost stories featuring remarkable puppetry and a haunting original soundtrack.

Our advice? Don’t come alone…

Lady Chillers: The Female Gothic

Lady Chillers: The Female Gothic (More Deadly Than the Male)


October 18th 2023, 7.30pm at Discover Downham. Admission £4 (£3 for Discover Downham members).

Our ‘Fear and Haunting in West Norfolk’ Halloween 2023 promotional campaign continues, with a focus on both classic and slightly more obscure female writers, with this light-hearted look at the history of the female gothic.

Christine Pike (Lady Chillers) will give a presentation and selected readings, from which our heroine encounters madness, hysteria, confinement, subversion, desertion, and disappointment in love.

Watch an exclusive extract of Christine Pike’s interview with Visit West Norfolk regarding her forthcoming Female Gothic event in October.

The Bench – A Tale From Paradise Heights


October 19th 2023, 7.30pm at the Princess Theatre Hunstanton.

From the writer/director of the brilliant ‘The Haunting of Blaine Manor’. A dark comedy featuring a thief, a fake clairvoyant, a homeless man, two burglars, a street sweeper, two war veterans, an artist, a widow, a drug dealer, a real clairvoyant, a loan shark, an angel and a ghost. Before the end of the year one of them will be murdered on The Bench…

Age 16-plus due to adult language and themes.

The Ghosts of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk – 2nd Edition book release


The book available to order from late September 2023, with excerpts from the book featured on Visit West Norfolk’s X (Twitter) account throughout the week from 23rd October.

Did you know that King’s Lynn is probably one of the most haunted towns in England?

The painstakingly researched and significantly extended second edition of Dr. Paul Lee’s ‘The Ghosts of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’ has now been released. Look out for daily quotes from the book on the Visit West Norfolk X (Twitter) account here during the week beginning Monday October 23rd 2023.

Fear in the Fens Festival 2023


October 28th 2023. 10am – 10pm at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.

This event is now SOLD OUT. The beloved ‘Fear in the Fens’ festival comes to King’s Lynn for the first time, with a superb packed programme of events throughout the day-long festival.

Watch an exclusive extract of event organiser Culture Babylon’s interview with Visit West Norfolk below highlighting aspects of this forthcoming festival of fear on October 28th 2023.

Fear In The Fens Festival 2023 (King’s Lynn)
Do You Believe In Ghosts? At the Princess Theatre Hunstanton

Do You Believe in Ghosts? A Haunting Night of Theatre


October 29th 2023, 7.30pm at the Princess Theatre Hunstanton.

An experiential ghost story. The question is ‘Do you believe in ghosts?’

Theatres are alive. They all have stories to tell when the lights go out. And they all have a theatre ghost.

This is not the show you will be expecting, this is a brand-new concept: a haunting night at the theatre; an original play unlike anything you have seen, or experienced, before; a new way of ghost storytelling!

Watch our exclusive interview clip with the Princess Theatre below about this performance and more.

Ghost Stories by Candlelight


November 2nd 2023, 7.30pm at St. George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn.

A sea mist descends. The hound howls. Sodium streetlights twitch. A falcon soars above, on the hunt.

Gather close for a candlelit evening of chilling contemporary tales and haunting new folk music from the ‘Witch Counties’ of East Anglia.

What happens when the ghosts of the past creep up on us today?

The Serial Killer Next Door


November 7th 2023, 7.30pm at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.

As seen on ITV’s This Morning programme, our ‘Fear and Haunting in West Norfolk’ campaign ends for 2023 with a mature focus on real life monsters which dares to ask the question: what creates a serial killer? Leading psychological therapist and crime commentator Emma Kenny takes the audience through bone-chilling real-life cases.

Please note that the information provided on this webpage was accurate on the date and time it was published [22/09/2023 at 09:40]. Details may have changed after this time and date.

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