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Fort Widley

19th October 2024


Reported Activity.


Reports of footsteps, banging, and whistling have been heard. The little drummer boy who fell to his death on the spiral stairs said to play games.

A dominant male – the shadow man has been seen walking with a lantern, peering over people at 7ft tall. A female spirit who is said to look after the children found in the tunnels.


Who will you encounter!!


On previous visits, we have witnessed footsteps, equipment being triggered, and intelligent communications. Members have been touched and followed. Communications with The Sergeant who disliked females. Shadows have been seen. This is a venue not to be missed.



Fort Widley was built in 1861 but was not completed until 1870. It was built to defend the city of Portsmouth from land and sea attacks. This six-sided building was able to accommodate 250 men, and there were 12 married quarters. The fort was part of the Palmerstons Folly, which was named after the Prime Minister at the time Lord Henry Palmeston. Fort Widley was one of 6 Forts built, but by the time they were finished, the threat of an invasion from the French was already over.


There is a spiral staircase in the middle of the fort that was used to access the four underground tunnels.


It was disarmed in 1907 but remained in military hands being used as a barracks for the Royal Artillery until 1939.


During World War II, Fort Widley was used for planning rooms and as the Royal Engineers' Bomb Disposal Unit.

In 1942, it was used to house prisoners of war, and from 1943, it was an alternative control centre for Southwick House (HMS Dryad).

Then on 19 February 1952, the Civil Defence Committee of Portsmouth Borough Council proposed the construction was needed for the borough to be used in the event of a nuclear attack; it was decided this should be established at Fort Widley.

It continued to perform this function until the end of the Cold War and the Portsmouth District Council Emergency Centre, as it was by then known, finally closed in 1992.


Address: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LS


We do not send papered tickets.

You will receive a confirmation email of your booking and an event detail email 24-48 hours before the event.


About the Night

Event 8pm - 2am

Free Parking

Free hot drinks and light refreshments

Use of paranormal equipment (k2, emf, spirit box, table tipping, and much more)

Free time.


Over 18's. Due to safety, no pregnant women or people under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Deposits are non-refundable or transferable. Final balance due 2 weeks before the event. Invoices will be sent a week prior to this. Please check junk/spam. If the final balance has not been paid, we may resell your tickets at the final balance price. Final balance £15pp.


By booking this event, you agree to terms and conditions. Terms and conditions are available on the website.


•Although we research into the venues, we book and have reports of paranormal activity. We can not guarantee activity on the night.

Fort Widley 19/10/24

PriceFrom £15.00
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