The Pendle Witch Trials



From £6.00

Suitable for Adults

Talks and Tours, After Hours

About this Event

5.30 – 6.30pm

Arguably, the Pendle witch trials are the most famous to have taken place in England. Join our online talk by Pendle Tour Guide, Simon Entwistle as we travel back to Lancaster in August 1612.

The only window on the trials is from the eye witness account of Thomas Potts, a clerk to the courts. In 1613, he wrote a book called ‘The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in Lancashire’. Potts’ account of the prosecution and successful conviction of 11 local persons from the forest of Pendle is believed to be an honest one. Simon’s talk will take us through each accused individual and their crimes. Were they falsely accused? Did the local magistrate want to curry favour with King James, a man paranoid about witchcraft? Or was something very dangerous taking place in the forest?

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. 


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.

As this talk is via Zoom, you will need to provide an email address. Our team will send out the joining details a few days prior to the event.

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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