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


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. 

'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: Witchfinder Film Screening


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

Tel: 01206 282939

Fax: 01206 282925

Opening Times

Season (3 Nov 2022)

* 5.30-6.35pm