Theatre of Dark Encounters
Theatre of Dark Encounters
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Ghost & Vampire Tours • Historical & Heritage Tours • Walking Tours • Night Tours • Private Tours
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Everyone loves a ghost story... so we find atmospheric heritage locations to tell the most chilling of stories. Since 2004 we have been delivering the original Ghost Walks of Southampton, Portsmouth Winchester and Chichester. Listings of next events may be found at ghost-walks.com For those that like the paranormal how about a scientific paranormal investigation at haunted heritage location across the South. More details can be found at darkencounters.co.uk We also offer immersive Murder Mystery events and escape rooms which can be found under Torchlightmysteries.com For those that like adrenaline pumping scare tours try Zombie Encounters events - for fans of Walking Dead and Zombie Apocalypse experiences. Have a look at zombie-encounters.com Theatre of Dark Encounters events span Portsmouth, Winchester, Southampton, Chichester, and all between. You will learn a little, you will laugh a little - but hopefully you will scream a lot...
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

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tomwheeldon
Portsmouth, UK1 contribution
Nov 2022
I'm somewhat of a sceptic and so is my friend but thought this could be interesting to try out. I like to think there's something but I've never had any experience so decided this could be a good idea. Needless to say some weird stuff happened during the night, however I felt safe knowing that the guides were with us to make sure everything was alright. They were all very friendly and reassuring and didn't scream at the first sign of a random noise. They brought along tools and equipment to use which is handy as I'd always wanted to try out these methods and this was a good opportunity to do so. If you're looking for a thrill and a spooky night, this is definitely something I'd recommend. Plus you get to explore possible haunted sites at night, which makes it all the more eerie. Overall I had a fantastic time, 6 hours, tools at our disposal, creepy atmosphere, great company. I usually get scared quite easily so I was surprised when I went into this with the confidence I had, I think by this point the determination to experience something paranormal overwhelmed the fear of what lurks in the dark.
Written December 7, 2022
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Thank you Tom - we are so glad you had such a good time and it was great to hear you felt relaxed and comfortable. Generally we find people do have a better experience when you can be quiet and soak up the atmosphere of the location. See you for another Dark Encounter very soon.
Written January 7, 2023
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Sophia092
Portsmouth, UK5 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
Went on a dark encounters evening with my other half
Having been on a few ghost walks in the past I was expecting a few silly stories told by the local eccentric but it was actually more like immersive theatre and quite unlike anything I'd been to before
The acting and the costumes were amazing but unfortunately failed to create a scary, ghostly atmosphere - however it was a lot of fun and a great, lighthearted way to spend an evening
I would recommend this tour for groups of friends or family looking for a laugh - but don't expect to come away being scared of the dark!
Written September 28, 2016
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andreagold75
Fareham, UK1 contribution
Dec 2022
We had a great night. I can't wait to book another ghost hunt with Dark Encounters. The event was very well hosted and organised. We have been on many ghost hunts with many companies but this was the best so far.
Written December 20, 2022
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Thank you for your comments Andrea - we hope to see you on another Dark Encounter in the future.
Written January 7, 2023
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Joe S
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Nov 2022 • Friends
Came here as a couple, expecting a spooky ghost walk with some fun activities, just to be walked around in circles by 3 people, though they were enthusiastic, was not scary at all, didn’t see any ghosts, was equivalent of a gcse history lesson. Said it would run from 9-10:30 at 9:55 they took us to a room, and then said thank you and left. Resulted in our group feeling very dissatisfied, feeling like we have just wasted an hour of our lives that we will never get back. Was not remotely scary at all, very disappointed and angry. Will not book with them again, do not recommend at all
Written November 3, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you for your feedback and thank you adding so much atmosphere to the tour. We aim to create an immersive experience of Georgian England, a time when the streets were full of drunk sailors and militia, and so, your group coming from the pub and needing to urinate every few minutes really helped to create this atmosphere. Urinating so close to the rest of the group so we could hear quite clearly was a stroke of genius. We are glad you appreciated the history lesson, as the tour promotional text suggests, to tell a story really well you do need establish the background history of each ghostly character. We are sorry the real ghosts did not appear and that you had to settle for the stories about the ghosts instead. And thank you for adding your own narrative on everything that what was happening , it certainly helped with the actors while they were telling stories to hear your alternative thoughts. Very informative too, we didn’t realise that the most famous person to have visited the Square Tower was Rolf Harris, we will have to update our notes. Oh, and thank you for not mentioning in your review the appalling weather that night, it was really the wettest tour that we have conducted in almost 20 years of running this ghost walk. You are correct, we shouldn’t have tried desperately to find as many areas of cover as possible between downpours to prevent the whole group getting even wetter. That last downpour, although torrential and had begun to flood the streets, didn’t need to cut the last part of the tour where there would have been no cover; we shouldn’t have needed to tell 10 mins of stories under the cover of the Hotwalls but, yes, instead braved the monsoon downpour. We are surprised, however, that you felt it was not scary, we generally find the threat of actual bodily harm brings plenty of tension on a tour, and after an actor had jump-scared your group at the beginning, your offer to the actor “to take them out... if you ***ing do that again” certainly added to the tension for the actors. But overall your expletives, misogynistic and derogatory comments towards us completely added to the raucous Spice Island of the Georgian period. Perhaps you could become immersive actors?
Written November 6, 2022
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kila99
Hampshire, UK45 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
After doing the Winchester one many years ago I was keen to book when saw it was coming to my home town Alton.
Booking was easy to do. Followed by emails of confirmation and reminders. Great price too I thought.
My friend and I did enjoy this and the stories were interesting even if true or false. The cast were really good. The main leader was very good and in character.
The time it took was just about right. Not too long.
Few negative thoughts we both felt were : it would of been nice if the group size was a little smaller. As the characters walk along talking you struggle to hear when their backs are turned to you and also background traffic noise didn’t help. Also maybe not ask the group if they know the story ! Slightly distracts from the character telling the story in a chilling way.
We also felt it would of been nice to do with out children / teens there. Hence why we booked the later walk.
Having said this I would consider booking another one else where.
Written May 9, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you so much for the feedback. We agree, as a special tour for the Alton Walking Festival the size of the group was larger than we would usually run. We were also surprised that so many people did book their children on the late tour, when it was advertised as the adult tour and the earlier being the family tour. We are back again in Alton in October so will make sure that we DO NOT ask anyone if they know the history. It turns out the Altonians are VERY well informed about their town...
Written September 5, 2022
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Sue F
Southampton, UK7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The actors and their enthusiasm made the evening. Saw parts of Winchester that we had never seen before!
Written October 27, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you for your feedback. The aim of the tour is that you will see Winchester with a new perspective. And uncovering these secrets hopefully helps with that.
Written November 6, 2022
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andyb_9
Whistler, Canada26 contributions
Oct 2022
Really atmospheric performance great setting within Dorchester Castle night time setting made it all the more realistic, good performance by all players and price reasonable in this day and age useful to advise about traffic issue before hand will keep an eye out for future events
Written October 25, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you for your feedback. It is always a challenge to put on an outdoor performance in the chargeable October weather, but it came together on the night, despite a few changes of the route due to flooding. Glad you enjoyed it.
Written November 6, 2022
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emma
Fareham, UK7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
What a great performance !!
From the moment we walked into the castle grounds the scene was set
Very atmospheric and extremely eerie
Really enjoyed it
Well done 👍🏻
Written October 23, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you so much for spending the time to send us feedback; it is always much appreciated. We do love creating immersive experiences, and what a great place to do it!
Written November 6, 2022
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JW19532013
Rowlands Castle, UK59 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Excellent immersive theatre experience . Very atmospheric and very professional- a great and inexpensive evening. Highly recommend
Written October 23, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you very much for your feedback. We have some very exciting plans for next year, so do sign up for our mailing list.
Written November 6, 2022
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PompeyTk
Portsmouth, UK16 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Done 2 of these recently. A great evening's entertainment at a very reasonable price. There's also the added bonus of getting access to prominent buildings after dark where they take on a completely different character.
Written October 21, 2022
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Jonathan F
Thank you for your feedback, we do love bringing Heritage to life after dark. There is something so exciting about seeing this new perspective. Hopefully, we will have new collection of locations to explore next year.
Written November 6, 2022
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