Weekend marks old Witch Trials

Broomstick training at last year's witches weekend
Broomstick training at last year's witches weekend

Witches will descend on 
Lancaster Castle this weekend as part of events to mark the 402nd anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials.

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

Celebrations will begin on Friday night with a dinner, hosted by one of the accused witches, Ann Redfern – Daughter of Chattox.

As you sup on a glass of Pendle Witches Brew, Ann will share her tale of the twisted and torturous series of event that led to the trial of her and the ten other alleged witches, all before tucking in to a traditional three course 17th Century meal.

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

Broomstick training, Medieval potion-making, birds of prey and storytelling are just some of the things that 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.

Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member with responsibility for culture and tourism, said: “There’s no doubt that Lancaster has a fascinating history, but no episode in that history is more fascinating or darker than the story of the Lancashire Witches.

“The event on the Friday evening in particular will provide visitors to Lancaster Castle with a stirring insight into a story that has captivated people for centuries, followed by two days of fun”.

Events take place on Friday, August 15, 7pm – 10.30pm (£29.95pp), Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 11am – 5pm 
(£1 admission charge, additional charges apply for broomstick training and potion-making).