Do you have an ear for things that go bump in the night?


Tales of the unexplained in our local area?

When it comes to ghostly sightings, Southport and the local area definitely has its fair share.  Lancashire has even been considered the third most haunted area in the whole of the UK. One particular area of interest located on our door step, right in the centre of Southport, Ormskirk and Formby, is Halsall Moss.

The dark and atmospheric country roads of Halsall Moss have produced an abundance of reports of paranormal encounters. It’s these experiences, ranging from 1965 right up until the present day, that have been the focus of local professor, Dr Rob Gandy’s research.

As well as a visiting professor at John Moores University and formerly an NHS manager both in Southport and Liverpool, Dr Gandy has had a long-standing interest in ghostly phenomenon. Researching folkore and legends across the North West and focusing on first-hand accounts, his work has often been published in specialisist magazine the Fortean Times.

On Tuesday 8th November we’ll be holding on to the spirit of Halloween with the ‘Old Man of Halsall Moss’, where Dr Gandy will present his research and talk about his hauntingly interesting findings. You can join us for this unique chance to explore stories of the phantom hitchhikers and ghosts on our local roads.

Tickets are just £5 in advance or £6 on the door, with all the proceeds kindly being donated to Queenscourt Hospice. It will be held at Southport & Birkdale Sports Club from 7.30pm. Although there are no refreshments in the ticket price, there will be a bar to bolster your courage and the restaurant will be open prior to the event offering a delicious new menu, with two courses for only £10.

So are the eerie roads of Halsall Moss really haunted?

Will you be wary of an unexpected passenger or will you retain a natural scepticism for the supernatural?

Book your tickets online at or call us on 01704 517420.


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