Something spooky is coming to Fairfax House – a ghost hunt is afoot!
From Saturday 28 October to Sunday 5 November, ghosts made by the popular York Ghost Merchants will be hidden amongst the house’s historic rooms, in the Fairfax House Ghost Count.
See how many ghosts you can spot as you wander through the Georgian townhouse – but look carefully, as some will be devilishly difficult to spot.
There are three prize Fairfax Ghosts for those who are able to correctly guess how many are hiding.
The event is part of the York Ghost Merchants’ Ghost Week.
Rachel Wallis, collections manager at Fairfax House, said, “It’s been very exciting to work with the York Ghost Merchants to plan where all the ghosts are going to go. We don’t want it to be too easy for visitors, so we have a few tricks up our sleeve which should make the ghost counting good fun!”
Also during Ghost Week, Fairfax House will come to life as atmospheric sights, sounds, and smells recall what life would have been like on a winter’s eve in Georgian York in Echoes of the Past. For this event, the entire house will be lit by candlelight, as it would have been in the eighteenth century.
Echoes of the Past will take place in the evenings of Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November.
Sarah Burnage, curator at Fairfax House, said, “It’s been very exciting to research what the house would have felt like in the 1700s.
“For Echoes of the Past, we’ll immerse visitors with the smells that would have been common in Georgian townhouses.
“The entire house will be lit by candlelight which will make it very atmospheric – and our little ghost visitors will only add to the experience.”
Tickets for The Fairfax Ghost Count and Echoes of the Past can be purchased here.
For more haunting highlights from York Ghost Week, check out our guide here.