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On "Black Pilgrimages" we visit places associated with actual ghost stories, the lives of their authors, or which provide inspiration for the creative mind. Just as in the classic, antiquarian ghost stories, churches, cathedrals, manor houses, and other ancient and historic buildings feature prominently in the list of places visited.

We have been to many places around the UK and sometimes they lead us to Europe in search of the inspirations of supernatural authors and other things of esoteric interest!

Normally two events happen each year.  They are social gatherings with trips to local 'spooky' places of interest, talks by guest speakers and time to visit bookshops to hunt for copies of your favourite stories and authors.  There are dinner events and fiendish quizzes too.

The next trip is planned for Chester in 2021. Further information on current and past events are posted here.
2012 dinner
The first gathering (or "Black Pilgrimage," taken from Count Magnusby M. R. James) was held in October 2005 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire and many other places have been visited since that occasion. Any companion can plan an event in his or her local area and extend invitations to the rest of the membership via email and/or the newsletter. An obligatory AGM is held during one Black Pilgrimage each year but we are hedonist enough to place pleasure before business and the latter erodes the former only briefly! Apart from visits to places of interest, we have had book sales, quizzes and film shows with ample opportunity to fill the inner person.