Castle to mark anniversary of witch trials

A weekend of events at Lancaster Castle will mark the 401st anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials this weekend.

The events will commemorate the 10 men and women who were hanged in the summer of 1612.

On Friday evening, a free commemorative event has been developed by a range of organisations to give people the opportunity to reflect and remember the extraordinary lives, journey and ultimate fate of the Lancashire Witches (also known as the Pendle witches).

The evening will start with a performance of poetry, prose and music in the atmospheric surroundings of the castle’s inner rooms and will highlight the plight of those victims of a time of persecution. The event will culminate in the lighting of a beacon and a vigil held by charity Stepping Stones Nigeria.

Over Saturday and Sunday, there will be a number of family-friendly events and activities taking place at the castle.

Broomstick racing, witchcraft workshops, street theatre and storytelling will be on offer to entertain young and old alike.

There will also be a chance to visit the castle dungeons where the unfortunate victims were imprisoned.

Events take place on Friday 16 August 7.30pm – 10pm (free event), Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August 10am – 5pm (£1 admission charge).

More information is available at www.lancaster.gov.uk/witchesweekend and www.facebook.com/LancasterCastle or by calling Nice @ The Castle on 01524 848525.