Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft & Magic in Colchester Castle. Graphic of the outline of Colchester Castle filled with symbols connected to witchcraft.


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.

'Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + Magic at Colchester Castle’ opens on July 16th and runs to January 6th 2023.

12+ Please note but this talk explores real historical
 events, including death and torture, which some people
 may find upsetting. 

£6 per person or book 5 events for £25

Online booking, alternatively, call the team at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

Situated in the Town Centre in the Grounds of the Magnificent Castle Park.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester Town station is 0 miles away.

Wicked Spirits Talks: The Witch Trials in its European context


Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282939

Fax: 01206 282925

Opening Times

Season (20 Oct 2022)

* 5.30-6.30pm