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News release - Issued by Visit York, a part of Make It York

York’s ‘most-haunted’ status celebrated with first-of-its-kind ghost search

In celebration of its status as Europe’s most-haunted city, York is set to launch The Great York Ghost Search (26 October to 31 October): a new free, family friendly walking trail which will see ghost hunters seek out twenty six individually-designed custom made ghost lamps hidden in shop windows across the city.

Students and their tutors from York College are busy customising 16 of the 26 ghost lamps, the other 10 being created by local designers and artists. Students at the ceram-ics department at the college are also hand making 500 bespoke mini ghosts for the Great York Ghost Search, each one will be unique and there will be a few rather special ones.

Taking place over the Halloween half term holiday, The Great York Ghost Search will invite families to take to York’s atmospheric medieval streets, alleys and secret passage ways to discover the ghost-shaped lamps displayed in shop windows, each decorated and named, from A to Z.

Ghost Search maps will be available to collect from the Visit York Information Centre at 1 Museum Street from Monday 9th October and will give indications of where to look for the lamps, participants can write down the name of each ghost as they find them on the streets around York Minster, along Stonegate, Goodramgate, Blake Street, Colliergate, High and Low Petergate, Grape Lane and Shambles, past old haunted inns and spooky snickleways.

If all 26 illuminated ghosts lamps are spotted and correctly named, ghost hunters can enter into a prize draw to win a family trip to Kidzania in London with rail travel and a 2 night stay included, provided by Acomb Travel. Samantha Walton, Partner, Acomb Travel, said, “As a family business, Acomb Travel is delighted to be involved with a real family activity. We are sure the Ghost Trail will provide lots of fun and a spooky insight in to the ghosts of York – the most haunted city in Europe!”

The completed Ghost Search cards can be handed in through the letterbox of the Visit York Information Centre. Instead of a letterbox, it will be signed the Ghost Box. The first ghost lamp to be found is located at the Visitor Centre so keep your eyes peeled!

In addition, 300 of the miniature handmade ceramic ghosts will be hidden in curious se-cret locations around the city: if children are lucky enough to find these elusive mini ghosts, they will be able to keep them. From approximately 16.00, on each day of the search, fifty new mini ceramic ghosts will be hidden in nooks and crannies along the special mini ghost search route for avid ghost hunters to discover. If you don’t find one, don’t despair, 200 limited edition ghosts will be on sale in the Visitor Centre, with pro-ceeds going to charity.

Sally Greenaway, Head of Visit York, a part of Make It York, said: “York has long been known for its ghoulish past and as Europe’s most-haunted city, we wanted to do some-thing really different to mark our special spooky status. It will be a fun way for residents and visitors to explore the city and delve into the depths of York’s eerie but fascinating history.”

The search is being co-ordinated by Angus McArthur, Owner of Snowhome, Gillygate and Make It York, in partnership with York College.

Angus said, “We hope that The Great York Ghost Search will provide some fun and ex-citement for families of York and everyone visiting over the half term holiday. We wanted to create something that used this hauntingly atmospheric old city as a backdrop for a hand’s on search and would fire up the imagination. There’s something thrilling about following a trail with the prospect of finding something that you actually get to keep.”

Dena Massey who studies the BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft degree at York College is enjoying being part of the Ghost Trail design process, she says: “Working on this live project with Angus McArthur from Snowhome has been great fun, the project has given us a real insight into the world of craft and production.”

Some of the decorated ghosts will go to auction on eBay following the event to raise money for the two charities: The Institute for Cancer research and The Family Holiday Association. You can take part in The Great York Ghost Search any time between 26 Oc-tober and 31 October (Halloween). Ghost hunters are encouraged to head out after dark to see the ghosts at their best and share their eerie images on social media, using the hashtags #yorkghosts @visityork. The Ghost Search Map will be live from today (Tues-day 3 October) and can be downloaded at


For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Communications – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554436

Notes to Editor

Artists taking part
Ben Arnup
Jane Schaffer
Owen Turner – United by Design
Lazenby Brown
Richard Corrigan
Rainbow Ceramics
Alice Mullen – Karian + Box
Art of Protest Gallery
Pica Studios – Rebecca Carr
Choir of Vision – Jack Casling

Richard Corrigan is a designer taking part, he also created a bunny for the bunny trail last year. Richard is a former HNC student in Graphic Design from York College and now runs his own successful design and illustration business in York, called Dog eat Cog.
Mobile 07921864992. Email:

About Make It York
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nation-ally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre man-agement, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.

Key tourism facts:
6.9 million visitors annually, £564 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs

*Data is sourced from the annual Economic Impact Survey using the Cambridge Model – (one of the standard tourism models, the other being STEAM), using Visit York’s locally collected data from the Annual Visitor Survey as inputs.