UK’s only ghost hunting tram tour to return to Blackpool Promenade next week

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Ghost hunter and author Stephen Mercer will tell tram riders spooky and scary stories from Blackpool’s dark past

 

The tram that trundles the tracks on Blackpool's Ghost Hunting Tours
The tram that trundles the tracks on Blackpool’s Ghost Hunting Tours (Image: Blackpool Heritage)

As the nights begin to draw in and Halloween approaches, the UK’s only ghost hunting tram is set to return to Blackpool’s Promenade this month featuring spooky tales about ghouls from the Fylde coast.

Departing from the historic North Pier, a 90-year-old tram will take passengers down the coast towards Little Bispham and into the dark heart of Blackpool’s history.

The ghost tram will then travel to Starr Gate before the final leg of the tour ends back at North Pier.

In a ghastly union, Blackpool Heritage Tours and Supernatural Events have come together to bring you the spooky experience from September 10 right into the darks night of November.

Supernatural Events have teamed up with Blackpool Heritage Trams to bring back the UK's only ghost hunting tram
Supernatural Events have teamed up with Blackpool Heritage Trams to bring back the UK’s only ghost hunting tram (Image: Blackpool Heritage)

Under the thrall of Victorian ghost hunter Stephen Mercer, your ‘Host with the Ghost’ will regale you with haunting tales and spooky stories for around 75 minutes.

Now into its fourth year, each tour will start at 7pm and can be boarded from the North Pier and Tower Heritage Tram Tours stop.

Despite the spectral subject matter, our story teller assures us the experience is family friendly and will include lots of non paranormal facts about Blackpool’s unique history.

Supernatural Events founder and Haunted Blackpool author Stephen Mercer told LancsLive: “I describe my tales as history, heritage and hauntings. People have asked me ‘why Blackpool? Why not have the tours somewhere like York, Edinburgh, or London?’

“Well Blackpool doesn’t need to be old, it just needs to have ghosts. The town has such a wonderful and unique history dating back to the Victorian era when it became a popular holiday destination.

Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer
Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer (Image: Supernatual Events)

“The buildings have such spectacular tales however I have to say that out of all them Blackpool Winter Gardens may be the most haunted.

“Not everything that goes bump in the night is paranormal however and I do like to root my stories in fact. If there is an explanation I will give it as it can be just as interesting as the paranormal.

“I like to back up with fact, truth, dates and names. I still try to research even if something hasn’t been written down and will state if it is myth, rumour or not recorded.

“I also tell of tales of serial killers and murders too that people may not be aware of.

Supernatural Events ghost walks
Supernatural Events ghost walks (Image: Supernatural Events)

“I definitely have the gift of the gab and I like to bring lots of humour into my stories. I’m from Northern Ireland and I often joke with people to say I’ve definitely kissed the Blarney Stone!”

“I don’t like to take things too seriously, particularly as there will be young people on the the tours and it’s about having fun.

“Having said that I still do like to provide the right atmosphere so I will be dressed in Victorian garb with my top hat and bag and there will be a few spooky items such as Victorian dolls that may appear randomly…”

“I will also be fully utilising both decks of the tram and stairwells.”

Stephen mid spooky tale
Stephen mid spooky tale (Image: Supernatural Events)

The host mixes up his stories and provides new information to visitors each time who come back to hear tales they may not have heard before.

After arriving in Blackpool 27 years ago, Stephen never wanted to leave and cemented his life as a seasider by taking a job at Blackpool Grand Theatre as a PR and Marketing Manager following his background in journalism.

He then went on to a similar role at Blackpool’s North Pier however his love of “Myth, Mystery, Murder and The Macabre” found its way into his working life.

His ghosts tours at Blackpool Grand Theatre to raise funds for its charity became so popular that they extended from two hours to six hours and into full blown paranormal investigations that went on into the early hours.

He is now the founder of Supernatural Events providing ghost hunts, walks, tours and investigations.

He has also published a terrifying collection of true-life tales in his book Haunted Blackpool.

Author Stephen Mercer giving the history of a Blackpool building
Author Stephen Mercer giving the history of a Blackpool building (Image: Supernatural Events)

After the ghost hunting tram tours were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Stephen is terribly excited to get back to his partnership with Blackpool heritage.

He added: “My job of being a Victorian ghost hunter on a historic tram is absolutely a dream come true. I wouldn’t call myself a performer but a story teller, and telling these tales in this setting is amazing.

“As we run the events on the tram we can cover a lot more ground than you could on a walking tour and people love being on a heritage tram.

“It is truly the only ghost hunting tram in the UK too so it’s truly a unique experience.

“I think people think the Blackpool Heritage is just part of Blackpool Transport however it’s actually a charity.

“The conductors give their free time for what they do and it’s wonderful to see passengers interacting with them, asking them questions, discussing history and buying souvenirs.

“I can’t wait to trundle the tracks again as eerie autumn comes in!”

Supernatural Events spooky seance
Supernatural Events spooky seance (Image: Supernatural Events)

Ticket prices are £12 per adult and £6 for Children (Under 16).

Tour dates are as follows: September 10, 17, October 24 , 1, 8 , 15, and October 31 Halloween Special, which will include three tours 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm), as well as November 5, 12, and 19.

To find out more about Blackpool’s Famous Ghost Hunting Tram Tours, please visit Blackpool Heritage’s website here.