An overnight ghost hunt at Smithills Hall is back this Halloween for the more fearless folk of Bolton.

The historic building is a firm favourite with haunted houses ghost hunters.

And a ghost hunt at Smithills Hall for Halloween will see people exploring areas of the building made available, with a glass divination experience, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment.

Ouija boards are also on the table for those more comfortable, all to aid communication with the dead.

A spokesman for Smithills Hall said: “You will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use while you carry out your ghost hunt.

“Taking part in spirit call-outs and wait to see what happens in the silence that follows.

“Haunted Houses likes to work in small teams to give you the very best experience possible.”

Smithills Hall is home to many alleged ghost sightings.

The Bolton News:

One visitor said he noticed a man at the top of the stairs to the Green Room, when there was nobody else in the building.

It is believed this was George Marsh, a protestant farmer burnt at a stake.

The Green Room where Marsh was questioned is considered to be the most haunted room at Smithills.

There have also been some unexplained encounters in the chapel where a visitor said they saw someone kneeling in prayer.

And only recently when a member of staff was taking some dead flowers out of the chapel, she said something pushed her from behind with such force that she fell onto the wall, and still has the grazes to prove it.

Another story involves a Pugin mirror where a manager looked into it and noticed that there was a man with white bushy hair dressed in black watching her from the doorway.

She turned around and he wasn’t there and two weeks later the same thing happened again but the third time she saw the man on the stairs.

In Colonel Ainsworth’s room, when museum staff open the hall in the mornings, they have to set the glasses on the table back in their right place as during the night staff say they have been moved or turned upside down.

A spokesman said: “There are many other everyday happenings that staff, volunteers and visitors experience such as the barrier ropes in the museum quite often swing off their own accord as if someone has just brushed passed them.

“Staff members have also heard cats meowing, and children giggling when there have been no children around.”

The overnight tour takes place on Saturday, October 28 from 9pm for £65.

To get tickets visit the event website.