AS The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 this week, three previous contestants visited Mother Shipton's to get a slice of the magic at England’s oldest tourist attraction.

Helena Garcia, Michael Chakraverty and Priya O’Shea were contestants in the 2019 heat of the Great British Bake Off and have all remained friends since the show.

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They recently ventured to Knaresborough, visiting the Adventure Playground and Petrifying Well at Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Halloween-mad baker Helena Garcia, popular on the show for her gruesome bakes and ghoulish treats, is a witch fanatic who regularly visits the cave, where the legendary prophetess Mother Shipton was said to have been born.

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The team at Mother Shipton’s hung a selection of baking themed items from the Petrifying Well to celebrate the day and welcome the bakers, including a prop cake, a rolling pin, and an apron.

Each of the bakers left an item to be petrified from the well, which will be displayed in the museum; Helena left a witch’s hat, Michael left an official Bake Off timer, and Priya left a wooden baking spoon.

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