A ghoulish guided tour for Hallowe'en

Winchester's tourist guides are inviting fearless folk to join them for spine-tingling tours of the city this Hallowe'en. The lantern-lit Hallowe'en walks will uncover the many strange stories, dark deeds and grisly goings-on that occurred in the city's past - from hangings on the old city walls to sightings of ghostly monks in the cathedral. The walks are returning by popular demand after the huge success of the 2004 tours.

Lasting approximately 90 minutes, the walking tours take place on Monday 31 October and depart from outside Winchester Tourist Information Centre on Broadway at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £1 for accompanied children and are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Winchester City Council's Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport Cllr Thérèse Evans commented: "The tourist guides are experts at bringing to life Winchester's wonderful heritage for visitors and residents alike. The Hallowe'en tours are particularly entertaining and, for many people, provide a light-hearted introduction to the city's fascinating history".

Alison Woods, Tourist Information Centre Manager, added: "We were delighted with last year's sell-out tours and are offering more this year to meet customer demand. Tickets are already selling fast and we strongly recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. It just goes to show that people love a good ghost story!"

The Hallowe'en tours are just one of an exciting menu of themed tours for groups offered by Winchester's tourist guides. The qualified guides also lead regular historical tours of Winchester at 11am every Saturday throughout November and December, departing from the Tourist Information Centre. Call 01962 840 500 for details.

For further information on events and activities log onto the Visit Winchester website located at: http://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/things-to-do/tours-and-trails.