The Festival Of The Unexplained's Virtual Winter Event Aims To Raise Funds To Help People Affected By The Challenges Of A Difficult Year

January 10, 2021 1:00 AM ‐ Paranormal

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The Festival Of The Unexplained: Winter Festival
With the UK in the midst of another national lockdown, we're all looking for something fun to do to ward off the boredom of staying safe at home. Luckily for the paranormal world, this weekend sees some of the biggest names from the paranormal world come together for a virtual event.

The Festival of the Unexplained's Winter Festival not only aims to bring fans of the supernatural the best live streamed content over three days from Friday, January 15, but its organisers also hope the events will raise awareness of those who may have been effected by the isolation of social distancing, and regional and national lockdowns.

The event is being held in order to raise much-needed funds for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), who are leading a movement against suicide. The pandemic has been a difficult time and mental strain for many and suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The Winter Festival aims to raise as much money as possible to help this incredible charity to continue to help more people than ever before to navigate life's difficult moments. 

Our tips is to head over to right now and donate whatever you can afford. No amount is too small and all contributions will be greatly appreciated by CALM and the people they help. The beauty of donating before the event is that when the event kicks off you can sit back guilt-free and watch all the talks and interviews knowing you've already done your bit to help. Your donation enables CALM to support people through a free, anonymous and confidential helpline and web chat.

Please consider donating to CALM here:
The Winter Festival is hosted by Karen Fray and Jolene Jackson-Lockwood of the Festival of the Unexplained and kicks of at 7pm GMT on January 15. As well as raising awareness for suicide, the online virtual event promises to delve into the minds and lives of paranormal people from all across the globe.

Karen, a UK-based paranormal investigator and medium, is best known as one of the co-founders of the KEAP Paranormal team and is also part of the Haunted Magazine family. She hosts live paranormal chat shows on Facebook and YouTube with her husband Eddie as part of the KEAP On Chatting Network.

Working alongside Karen is Jolene, a clarivoyant psychic medium best-known for her appearances on 'Celebrity Haunted Hotel', 'Britains Scariest Hauntings', 'The Worlds Scariest Hauntings' and more recently the Travel Channel's 'Most Terrifying places'.

The full schedule is yet to be revealed, but will include the former 'Most Haunted' star and paranormal historian based out of the historic Derby Gaol, Richard Felix. He'll be joined on the lineup by Kris Sumner from Soul Sisters Paranormal, Chris McKinnell from The Warren Legacy Foundation for Paranormal Research, and controversial stage psychic Sally Morgan.

The event will also see Daniel Klaes, Rob Thompson, Megan Deputy, Melody Knapp, the cast of the Amazon Prime paranormal series 'Ghost Finders' who will come together virtually for a chat about things that go bump in the night.

Also look out for paranormal historian and author Mike Covell, husband-and-wife psychic team Marti and Michael Parry, and Miranda Young from Ghost Bikers Explorations. Plus Dustin Pari (motivational speaker from 'Ghost Hunters'), Natalie Jones (Texas Paracon, author, Strange Goat Media, Paraflixx), Craig Morris (psychic medium), Tricia Barker (author/motivational speaker), Dave Spinks (paranormal investigator).

The free event follows hot on the heels of the team's last online event which took place before Halloween. The Winter Festival serves as a teaser for the team's main Festival of the Unexplained event which takes place at Bosworth Hall in Warwickshire in September. More information and tickets for this event can be found at

In the meantime you can find out more about the upcoming online Winter Festival and watch live for free on the event's official Facebook page.

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