Travel by coach to visit the Kentish villages where the Darling Buds of May was filmed and find out about the ghosts that make Pluckley the most haunted village in England.
Our coach tour at the end of May, will begin in the picturesque village of Little Chart, before travelling on to Pluckley. Here, we will walk around the village, lapping up the atmosphere and seeing familiar scenes from the TV series, first broadcast back in 1991. Pluckley is also renowned for being the most haunted village in England and our guide will have some spooky tales to share with us!
With 12 ghosts in the village, the most famous of all is the screaming man. The terrible screams that are heard in the area of the Brickworks belong to a man working there who was smothered to death when a wall of clay collapsed on him. There is also the watercress woman and the Highwayman!
We will stop for tea or coffee in the Black Horse, Ma and Pa Larkin’s local. The pub is also renowned for being the most haunted in Kent with its invisible phantom who moves glasses and possessions around! We will also see the Butchers and the post office and other landmarks from the series.
Our guide will also tell us about the Dering Family and their estate, which is an important part of Pluckley’s history and the church is full of their memorials.
Another haunting story is that of The Red Lady, a member of the Dering family, who is said to be buried in seven lead coffins within an oak coffin and placed in the crypt in St. Nicholas’s Church. The Red Lady was said to be buried with a red rose in her coffin, hence the name “The Red Lady”. She is said to be searching for the grave of her stillborn child.
From Pluckley, we will travel on to Bethersden where the Larkins lived before arriving in Tenterden where we can see the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway that first bought Charley, the tax man, into the Larkin’s life.
We will have some free time in Tenterden for lunch and some shopping before our journey home.
The day should certainly prove to be Just Perfick!