F for Farnham

Soundwalk
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Walking piece details

Duration 90 minutes
Cost Free

F for Farnham is a self-guided audio story walk which takes you on a ghostly journey around Surrey’s most haunted town.
Do Not Walk Alone.

F for Farnham is best enjoyed at quieter times of the day or night and will take you on an immersive walk around Farnham Town.
Dare you walk alone?

How to listen to F for Farnham:
Download the Farnham Town Trail app on android or Apple and follow the instructions for the F for Farnham trail.

Or

Listen to Series 1 – Ghosts around Town on Soundcloud

Series 1 takes you on a journey around Farnham Town where you will hear about an ancient ritual outside the Hop Blossom pub, let Farnham’s oldest actor send a shiver down your spine, or hear about the deathly creaking in one of the rooms at the Bush Hotel.
Start with track Do Not Walk Alone – Farnham Town

Listen to Series 2 – Ghosts at the Castle on Spotify
Series 2 invites you to listen in to the ghosts at Farnham Castle
This latest series of stories will invite you to walk around the Keep and hear from those trapped within the castle stonework. A Civil War soldier will share the reasons for his hanging in Farnham Market place, Hilda the Maiden will tell of the tragedy in the tower. Sophy Sumner shares why she still haunts the Bishops Palace and hear from Bishop Morley himself under the murder hole as he offers his dire warning about what is to come.
Start with track Do Not Walk Alone – Farnham Castle

Take a deep breath
And listen
Let the voices from the past meet you in your present.
Here in Farnham, you do not walk alone.

Based on historical events and real experiences, these stories give voice to those who have died in this English Market Town; those who make the hairs rise on the back of necks, who appear suddenly and then are gone, those who can still be heard whispering and scratching within the walls of Farnham’s buildings.

This walk considers the layers of a place, the physical geological layers of decay along with the psychological layers of meaning we gift to spaces. The main narrator is the Voice of Farnham, a cumulation of the energy drawn from the land who is able to be present within human and wild time and allow the two to meet.

F for Farnham is for locals and tourists who are seeking an unusual journey into the extra-ordinary history of this place. It’s an ideal walk to do in a small group or on your own at quieter times of the day or night to really get a sense of the architecture and the energy which shaped the people who died and the people still living here.

Here in Farnham, you do not walk alone.

Credits

written and directed by Sophie Austin.
Produced by Simon Aeppli and Roz Mortimer

A collaboration between University for the Creative
Arts, Farnham Town Council and Farnham Castle
Trust, inspired by Peter Underwood’s Haunted
Farnham and Jean Parratt’s Ghostly Glossary
with additional research by Emma Groslin and
Alan Murdie.

Sound design: James Wright
Additional Sound: Sam Cook, Atlas Davis,
Ellie Holliday and Gabriel Nejah

Production co-ordination: Mary Novoselova.

Story Consultant: Bernadette Russell & Roz Mortimer

Illustration and Design: Melanie Smith

Cast: Fraser Adams, Mark Alcock, Sophie Austin,
Tommy Bassom, William Browne, Calum Campbell,
Deirdre Gannon, Matt Gibbons, Felicity Hayles,
Elle Hudson, Natasha Magigi, James Taylor-Mémé,
Jimmy Pallagrosi, Katie Paul, Tommy Ross-Williams,
Ian Wilson-Soppit, Sara Wilson-Soppit,
Adam Thomas & Violet Tobin.

Hosted by: University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council and Farnham Castle

Sophie Austin

Sophie Austin

SWS23 shortlisted

I'm a storyteller working across theatre, film and audio to tell stories that bond us to the natural world. I specialise in writing and directing site-responsive projects that work with communities; human and more-than-human to explore the nature of our co...

Near Farnham, Surrey, UK

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