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Video: This Halloween we ask ‘is Suffolk really haunted?’

PUBLISHED: 17:45 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:45 30 October 2014

A creepy Halloween scene from yesteryear

A creepy Halloween scene from yesteryear

Captivating stories of green children appearing in Woolpit and mysterious sightings of a solitary soldier at Landguard Fort have been made into a series of films as part of a new bid to draw tourists to Suffolk.

Visit Suffolk hope their latest digital campaign, #TheOtherSide, will highlight lesser-known aspects of this fascinating county.

They have worked in partnership with FILM Suffolk to use a variety of different approaches to create these short, intriguing films, which are being published on social media.

Visitors can also log onto the Visit Suffolk website and take a trip around the map of Suffolk seeking out tales to watch on film and using them to plan their own personal itinerary, visiting the various locations for themselves.

One of the stories focuses on mysterious sightings of a solitary soldier at Landguard Fort, which is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including a Portuguese woman whose husband died there. T

The fort has existed, in one form or another, since 1543, and sits on the mouth of the River Orwell at Felixstowe.

Other strange or grisly tales include the ‘Green Children of Woolpit’ – two children of unusual skin colour who reportedly appeared in the Suffolk village. The brother and sister also spoke an unknown language and would only eat beans.

While in Polstead, the Georgian murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn is as notorious today as it was when it was committed almost 200 years ago.

On Suffolk’s north east coast is Dunwich, formerly the early medieval capital of East Anglia. Dunwich is now a small village – the remainder of the town having been claimed by the sea. Local legend says that at certain tides church bells can be heard beneath the waves.

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Theatre in the Forest returns to Jimmy’s Farm as Shakespeare meets the wild west (with a dash of Richard Curtis) in Red Rose Chain’s As You Like It.

Katherine Jenkins is one of the few artists who could look perfectly picturesque gliding towards the Waterfront Stage at Latitude Festival.

Festival goers to Latitude put their best fashion foot forward at the Suffolk festival.

The melodic guitar riffs blared out with a bouncing success as Two Door Cinema Club took to the Obelisk stage on Saturday afternoon.

Skies were looking grim over the main stage but the chilled, dance anthems of Milky Chance managed to just keep the weather at bay, and get everyone in the crowd dancing and jumping in time with the guitar beat.

American comic Reginald D Hunter was at his offensive best despite having to perform his set from a wheelchair after breaking a leg.

With his charming good looks and energy filled set, it’s hardly surprising the comedy tent was filled with enough young girls to rival a One Direction concert.

It’s hard to believe this wry and witty comedian started out as a corporate lawyer, although then again it’s not.

Lucy Rose, Skott and Joel Dommett were among the acts to strut their stuff on Saturday afternoon at Henham Park as Latitude Festival continued.

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