One dark and eerie Hallowe'en at the Westgate Museum….

Around the town loud noises roar,
It's then you hear the
THING you dread,
"Knocking" at the Westgate door.
Should it be opened?
Should you be scared?
For Trick or Treaters be prepared!
But don't be worried
and don't take fright:
We'll have such fun,
This Hallowe'en Night!

Come along to the ancient Westgate Museum on Hallowe'en for a spooky storytelling session…if you dare! Mike O'Leary will be telling grisly and ghoulish tales to get you in the mood on Tuesday 31 October 2006. You will be taken up the shadowy stone staircase and through the creaking door to the atmospheric upper chamber, once used as a prison.  Then the bravest will venture on upwards for more frightful tales on the dark Westgate rooftop.

Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager for Winchester City Council's Museums Service, said, "Spooky tales in the Westgate is part of our year long events programme in the city's museums.  You can book in to one of three hour-long story telling sessions, at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Numbers are limited to 12 children at each story session.   These sessions will be very popular, so don't be disappointed - book your place now!"

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport, added, "It is great to see the Westgate's unique historic atmosphere being used to such good effect.  This is the latest in an ever-expanding repertoire of enjoyable family events in our museums designed to introduce new audiences to the history of our district."

Places are free but please book your place in advance by ringing the museum on 01962 869 864.

Each story telling session starts from outside, then up the stone steps to the upper chamber room and then onto the roof.
Session 1: 3.30pm
Session 2: 4.30pm
Session 3: 5.30pm (the gate will be getting darker as twilight approaches)
6.30pm Westgate closes

(Parents may stay if needed)