Witch vigil at Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle.

Lancaster Castle.

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

The events which take place over the weekend of August 16 to 18 will commemorate the 10 men and women who were hanged in the summer of 1612.

On the Friday evening, a free commemorative event will start with a reflective 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, which works with modern-day victims of mistreatment.

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, August 16 from 7.30pm to 10pm (free event), Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 10am to 5pm (£1 admission charge).