Prepare for things that go bump in the night as the UK Ghost Story Festival returns to Derby for its fourth year. Fans of chilling tales will be flocking to the city – known as one of the most haunted in the country – to explore the genre. Published authors and other experts will be on hand to share their knowledge on the subject. The UK Ghost Story Festival includes in-person events taking place at Derby’s Museum of Making from February 16 to 18, as well as an online event running from February 12 to 15. 

This year’s speakers include Dr Charlotte Baker, an author and lecturer with nearly 70 publications to her name; Richard Farren Barber, author of more than 80 short stories; We Belong Dead magazine editor Darrell Buxton and Imogen Edwards-Jones, author of Taming of Eagles. More than 30 authors will share their stories, techniques and inspirations, making it a great event for fans and budding ghost story authors alike. 

Explore ‘spooktacular’ Derby


Derby makes a fitting venue for this festival, which is expected to attract thousands of fans. The city is known as the ghost capital of the UK due to more than 1,000 recorded paranormal sightings and goings on. In fact, the old Derby Gaol, found at numbers 50 and 51 Friars Gate, is one of the most haunted places in the country. So those heading to the festival might want to make a stay of it and spend some time ghost hunting around the city. 

If you want to make the most of your trip, why not try a stay at a luxury serviced apartment? Grand Central Apartments offers a host of modern and well-furnished apartments in convenient locations across the city. We can’t offer you any ghostly sightings, but our accommodation does offer you more flexibility than a hotel stay, allowing you to come and go as you please. Each apartment boasts a fully equipped modern kitchen, allowing you to cook the food you want when you want. You’ll also get free secure on-site parking, a smart flat screen TV with Netflix, superfast WiFi, toiletries, hairdryer and towels. Our apartments can sleep up to six guests, making them ideal for those planning a group trip to the UK Ghost Story Festival.

Choose the perfect location for your stay


Grand Central Apartments can be found across the city. Those who want to be close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre can stay in our Friar Gate apartments, while our Centro apartments are conveniently nestled between the spires of the city’s cathedral. We also have apartments based in quieter neighbourhoods further out from the city centre. However, all our locations have great transport links, being within a short distance of major routes, including the A50, A38 and the M1.

So, grab your ghost hunting pals, book with Grand Central Apartments and enjoy a weekend of spookiness at the UK Ghost Story Festival!