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Frightening Family Fun at Haunted National Lottery Funded Locations

29th October 2013

This halloween visit some of the UK’s most haunted National Lottery-funded locations for some ‘frightening’ family fun.

National Lottery players raise over £35 million each week for projects the length and breadth of the UK, with over £30 billion raised since The National Lottery began in 1994. National Lottery funding has kept ghost stories alive in some ghoulish places for family days out this halloween.

Once a prison, Ruthin Gaol in Wales is now a visitor attraction, thanks to National Lottery funding. Visitors can learn about the punishments prisoners suffered. William Hughes, the last man to be hanged at Ruthin, is said to haunt the yards and structure. Halloween festivities include a story teller and craft activities. To find out more visit:

Funding from the National Lottery allowed for Castle Espie wetland restoration. The dark woodland surrounding WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre in Northern Ireland is the setting for a number of eerie stories, featuring mysterious women and lost Victorian children. Hear these tales at the ‘Family Fright Night’ on the 29 October. To find out more visit:

National Lottery funding has allowed Tamworth Castle to undertake major improvement works, and unveil new displays. The Staffordshire Castle is the rumoured home of many ghouls, mostly famously the Black Lady. From 27 October to 1 November the National Lottery funded Castle is putting on a ‘Halloween Haunted Castle Week’. To find out more visit:

Birmingham’s Aston Hall was redeveloped with help from National Lottery funding. The Hall is notoriously haunted by spirits, including the daughter of the former owner. From 1 to 8 November, visitors can look out for spirits at the ‘Aston Hall by Candlelight’ event. To find out more visit:

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Tower of London has made vast improvements to its surrounding area. Alongside the Tower’s ghosts of executed royals, legend has it that a huge ghostly bear once appeared, scaring a guard who dropped dead of shock. To find out more visit:

Notes to editors

  • National Lottery players raise over £35 million each and every week for projects across the UK. More than £30 billion has been raised since The National Lottery began in 1994. More than 420,000 individual awards have been made across the UK.
  • Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery Good Causes said: “People don’t always make the connection between playing the National Lottery and funding fantastic projects the length and breadth of the UK. National Lottery players raise £35 million a week, and to date, an incredible 30 billion has been raised for great projects.”
  • The money is awarded by independent organisations that have specialist knowledge of their sectors. Sports, arts and heritage together receive 60%, with the rest going to charity/voluntary, health, education and environmental projects.

For further information, please contact Nicola Bligh, 0207 211 3991,

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