Between 1860 and 1868, two forts were built on Portsdown Hill to protect Portsmouth from attack. One of those forts was Palmerston Fort, the other being Fort Widley.
As well as the Armament, the fort also contained barracks. During the 19th Century, a number of different infantry units were stationed at the barracks.
The fort continued to be used by the military, through both world wars, right up until it was sold to the council in 1972. The ‘Peter Ashley’ charity now run an activity centre at the site, which includes an equestrian centre.
Full bodied apparitions have been seen around the fort, including that of a drummer boy, a sergeant, and French prisoners from the Napoleonic War.
Poltergeist activity is experienced, with items having been thrown through thin air in front of frightened staff members. Strange sounds are often heard, with unexplained bangs and disembodied footsteps being a common occurrence. Whistling is also heard, which is believed to be from the sergeant.
Are you brave enough to seize this rare opportunity to investigate an old military building? Fort Widley is waiting for you!
YOUR HOSTS: Haunted Houses Events Ltd
YOUR EVENT: Come and take a leading investigator role and explore the labyrinth of tunnels and chambers at this haunted and historic location. Creepy by day but seen in a completely different light at night.
Will you dare to enter the darkness, taking just one courageous step at a time!
About your Fort Widley ghost hunt:
•This is a real ghost hunt experience
•There is no faking or trickery
•Ghost hunting is in personal groups
•White light protection and grounding at the start
•An introduction to ghost hunting techniques and equipment for first timers
•Psychic and scientific experiments throughout the night
•Lone vigils in the dark for the very brave
•Full hands-on use of the equipment
•Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits throughout the night
•Group discussion of findings at the end
•Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced hosts
•This location has no sleeping facilities
•Carking is free and onsite
•This location is not suitable for wheelchair users sorry
•All attendees must be 18 years or older
•Not suitable for pregnant ladies
•Guests may bring personal midnight snacks
•This is a dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
•All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
•Paranormal Activity can never be guaranteed