It’s not often I get the chance to attend scare attractions outside of the Halloween season. There are a few big events which run at different times of the year, the most common being the interactive zombie themed events, which cater to a wide audience. However, there’s something about visiting small scale attractions which I really enjoy; smaller attractions can be quirkier; a little more unique and experimental. I never really know what to expect.
As far as I’m aware, we’ve never had a scare attraction here in the centre of Sheffield. So needless to say, when I discovered that the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield will be hosting its own scare event in MAY, I got pretty excited. This is great news for the residents of Sheffield, particularly those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience this unique type of entertainment.
The scare attraction ‘Caine’ will run from 9th – 16th May 2014 at the National Emergency Services Museum.
Over 100 years ago, this museum was the site of Yorkshire’s first purpose built combined police, fire and ambulance station. Today, the museum hosts regular ghost walks and generally considered to be a haunted building.
The idea for the attraction came about when two members of Seeking Spirit Events (a paranormal group based in Sheffield) visited a Halloween attraction in 2013, produced by fledgling entertainment company PUP Events. They were so impressed by the event’s production value and quality of storytelling that they immediately began talks with PUP to work together to create their own themed attraction, one which intertwines fantasy with reality. In addition to this, Matthew Wakefield, the director of the National Emergency Services Museum, was keen to add a scare attraction to the museum’s portfolio.
And so, all three parties pooled their resources. Sound, lighting & technical expert Josh Botham completed the team, and between them they set to work digging through 120 years of history. The team wanted the attraction to be themed around actual ghosts who had been documented inside the building, and they were keen to discover the most frightening characters. During this process, one name came up again and again. It was a name the paranormal group knew very well: ‘Caine’.
Caine had shown himself at many a séance/vigil inside the building. A menace (and hater of women); Caine liked to make himself known to those who dared to step inside the cell in which he had been left to rot. Little else is known about him, or the countless other tormented souls that still roam the corridors of the building.
Now, the National Emergency Services Museum are offering you a chance to take a trip around the old building and experience an attraction that will leave you unable to distinguish fact from fantasy. You may even find the answer to the question: Caine… Who am I?
I’m really looking forward to this event. Scare attractions work best when aspects of the venue hosting the event are incorporated into the theming, for example, an attraction in a castle using a vampire theme. What this attraction shows is that the inspiration doesn’t necessarily have to come from the environment. It could come from the history, the location, or in this case, ghostly activity which has already taken place! I am keen to see what the team have come up with, and hopefully, subject myself to some serious ‘out of season’ scares!
Click here for my review of this event.
- Dates are 9th – 16th May 2014, 7pm-10pm
- Entry costs £5 per person
- Tickets are on sale at the museum, online, or you can pay upon arrival on the night
- In the daytime on 10th & 11th May there will be hourly tours of the museum by real paranormal investigators. These tours are aimed at all ages. This will give younger visitors a chance to ‘Discover Caine’