Lancashire Witches Festival 2019

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2019

Lancaster Castle presents a spellbinding weekend of enchanting family friendly events at the Lancashire Witches Weekend. The weekend commemorates the Lancashire women imprisoned and tried at the Castle in 1612.

Come and walk with characters of the past and discover the tale of the notorious trails from 400 years ago, experience the story of Demdike in the depths of the infamous Well Tower dungeon or take flight with the Witches Academy and begin your broomstick training.

There is something for everyone, from talks, walks and stalls, to exhibitions and interactive activities in this full weekend of witch themed wonder. It’s £1 entry per person into the Castle grounds allowing access to the stalls and other activities on offer.

Special Ticketed Events:

The Pendle Witch Walk

The Pendle Witch Walk promenade event returns with a new immersive journey to take you on, meet characters of the past and explore the story of the Lancashire Witches in the heart of its history at Lancaster Castle.  In August 1612, twelve women and men were charged with the murders of ten people by means of witchcraft, all but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes.

Price: £8 Each – Duration: 30 minutes

Suitable for Adults and Children ages 6+.

Demdike’s Dungeon

Dare you enter the darkness of the infamous Well Tower and discover the diabolical deeds Demdike was accused of?  The Jailer opens the cell door once more, why not stay a while as she tells you the tales of her past and the circumstance of her imprisonment in this cell. Join her in the depths of Lancaster Castle for this historical re-enactment.

Price: £4 Each Duration: 15 minutes

Suitable ages 10+

The Little Witch Trail

Take a magical journey around the walls of the castle and help a dragon keeper and his friends find the ingredients for a potion of the utmost importance in order to save their pet dragon. Filled with fun and adventure this event is perfect for primary age children and their families.

Price: £5 Each – Duration: 30 minutes

(2 free adult tickets with every ticket bought)

Suitable for Children 4+

Broomstick Training

Enrol in the Witches academy with Captain Cragg and Professor Stump as you take your very first tentative steps in the fine art of broomstick flying. Learn all the basics that a novice would need as you take aim for a gold star in your flying proficiency. So take to the sky and sweep away the competition to become top of the class.

Price: £6 Each -Duration: 30 minutes

(Adults can spectate for free)

Suitable for Children 4+

Historic Tour of the Castle

Take an historic tour inside the Castle, see the splendid Shire Hall, the Crown Court, Hadrian’s Tower, the old cells, the drop room with our experienced guides and learn more about the Castle’s dark and interesting history. 

Price: £8 adults, £6.50 concessions, Family Ticket £20.00

To book the special ticketed events for the Lancashire Witches Weekend, please visit the event ticketing website and learn more about the times of shows and to book your tickets.

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance as this is a very popular event and performances do sell out.


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