Witchfinder film screening


Colchester Castle

From £6.00

Suitable for Adults

History, Special

About this Event

5.30 – 6.35pm

When the Essex witch trials are discussed, the name of Matthew Hopkins – the self styled Witchfinder General is usually mentioned.

In 2007 John Worland and Kerry King from the Headgate theatre decided to create a more accurate record of the infamous trial of 1645 and give more prominence to the victims rather than to the villains.  A large scale community project involving over 160 people resulted in the film “Witchfinder.”  This shows how the horrendous persecution started and spread, based on superstition, hysteria and lies. 

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 film 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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