The Witch Trials in its European context


Colchester Castle

From £6.00

Suitable for Adults

Talks and Tours, After Hours

About this Event

5.30 – 6.30pm (doors open from 5pm)

Essex has the dubious honour of being the English county most associated with the witch-persecution of the 16th and 17th centuries. Is this distinction justified? How ‘bad’ were the Essex witch-trials, compared with other English counties? And how does Essex compare in the broader European context? Join us for an evening with Professor Alison Rowlands from The University of Essex, who will provide a comparative perspective on this aspect of our regional history.

The Castle will be open from 5 – 7pm, so you have time to explore Wicked Spirits?, browse the magical merchandise on sale in the shop and even grab a drink.

This event is suitable for ages 12+. Please note it will explore real historical events, including death and torture, which some people may find upsetting. 

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Colchester Castle has, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at the Castle | Colchester Museums


Tickets cost £6 per person.

How to Book

Click here to book online

Alternatively, call the team at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939. Our line is open from 10am – 4.30pm.

Thinking of joining 5 or more of our ‘Wicked Spirits?’ talks or activities? As a little thank you to our returning visitors, we are offering a Colchester Castle exclusive ‘Wicked Spirits?’ goody bag, containing little gifts and exclusive offers. Just ask our team at the Castle Welcome desk for a loyalty card and start collecting stamps!

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