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The Pendle Witch Weekend

A MUST-DO EXPERIENCE!

Follow in the footsteps of the infamous Pendle Witches, visiting all of the sites connected to them!

Fri 18th Nov - Sun 20th Nov 2022

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Your Pendle Witches Eerie Escape includes:

  • 2 nights BED, BREAKFAST & EVENING MEAL at the historic Grade II listed Oaks Hotel & Leisure Spa

  • GHOST TOUR and PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION at the 14th century Salmesbury Hall

  • PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION at the Oaks Hotel 

  • 3 villages WITCH TRAIL TOUR with Historian Simon Entwistle 

  • Visit to the GRAVE OF ALICE NUTTER in Newchurch and the world famous 'Witches Galore' Shop

  • PARANORMAL EXPERIMENTS on Pendle Hill at the foundations of MALKIN TOWER

  • COACH TRAVEL between locations

  • FREE TIME to enjoy the spa facilities, relax or explore the area

Immerse yourself in the world of the infamous Lancashire witches, absorb their stories as we walk in their footsteps and attempt to make contact with their restless spirits. 

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Who were the Pendle Witches?

Back in the 17th century, one of the most famous witch trials occurred in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, England.

Twelve people had been accused of witchcraft, eleven of whom were found guilty.  Six of the accused witches were from two rival families – the Demdike family and the Chattox family, both headed by old, poverty stricken widows – Elizabeth Southerns (aka “Old Demdike”) and Anne Whittle (“Mother Chattox”). Old Demdike had been known in the area for over fifty years as a witch. The village knew that she has “magical abilities” to make herbal potions and medicine which wasn’t such a strange or unorthodox thing before the book of King James I. However a fateful meeting between 18 year old Alizon Device and a pedlar named John Law would see Pendle go down in history for it's witchcraft.

Accommodation 

Your weekend will begin on Friday when you arrive at the beautiful grade II listed Oaks Hotel in Burnley.

This former Victorian mansion sits in 4 acres of grounds and boasts many original features yet its modern facilities, including extensive spa and leisure suite, make this one of Lancashire’s most individual hotels.

Set amongst the iconic Lancashire countryside the Oaks Hotel is the perfect base for our Pendle Witch weekend.

With views straight out to Pendle Hill, you would be forgiven for thinking that you have arrived at a stately home on approach to this beautiful old building with it's grand entrance, ornate ceilings, original fireplaces, sweeping oak staircase and beautiful stained glass windows. Here you will find yourself in a place offering the elegance of a bygone era. 

During our stay guests will have free use of the hotels spa and leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpools, colour therapy saunas and gym. 

Once you've checked in you will find your Eerie Escapes welcome packs and delicious treats waiting for you in your room...

your experience starts now!

At 6.30pm your group will meet downstairs for a welcome talk and a delicious hot buffet meal together after which you will board the coach and head for the beautiful (and very haunted!) 14th century Samlesbury Hall.

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Samlesbury Hall

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Upon arrival at Samlesbury Hall you will be greeted by Historian

Simon Entwistle who will regale you with tales of ghosts and hauntings during his infamous Ghost Tour, and explain how this stunning location is connected to the Witch trials. Afterwards we will have refreshments before embarking upon a paranormal investigation of this incredible 14th century building!

 

Ghosts of Samlesbury

The legendary White Lady is the hall’s most famous ghost. Guests, as well as employees, have seen her on several occasions. It is said that the White Lady is the ghost of Dorothy Southworth.

Lady Dorothy fell in love with a young man who was a member of the de Hoghton family. Unfortunately, Lady Dorothy came from a Catholic family, and the de Hoghton’s were Protestants.

The two lovers were not permitted to marry. They defied their family and continued to see each other. They would meet along the riverbanks of the Ribble. They planned to elope and marry each other, but someone got wind of their arrangement, and it was reported back to Samlesbury Hall.

On the night of their arranged elopement, the lady’s brother waited in ambush. As soon as the young de Hoghton gentleman arrived, the lady’s brother sprang from his hiding place and killed the young man, as well as his two companions.

They were hastily buried in the chapel grounds. The saddest part about it all was that Dorothy was there to witness all of it. She was inconsolable and had to be sent to a convent overseas.

Lady Dorothy’s spirit has lingered in the halls. She is often seen floating down the many corridors of the hall, crying for the love she lost.

The Hall has several cleverly disguised hiding places. However, not even these hiding places can save a priest in the 1500s who soldiers followed in the hall. He was found, dragged and beheaded on the spot.

According to legend, the priest’s blood stained the floor of the room where he was beheaded. No matter how hard the floor is scrubbed, nobody can wash it away.

The room was bricked up for 200 years and was reopened in 1898. Servants refused to remain in the room until the floorboards were replaced. The bloodstain is said to occasionally reappear until this day.

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Walking in the footsteps of the Witches...

Saturday

After a refreshing nights sleep and tasty full breakfast you will be rejoined by Historian Simon Entwistle as we board our coach ready to immerse ourselves in Pendles history!

3 Villages Tour

As we travel Simon will bring the story of the Pendle Witches to life, pointing out important sites along the route to our first village, Roughlee. Here we will visit the statue of Alice Nutter, accused of Witchcraft and hanged in August 1612 as a witch. 

From Roughlee we travel to Barley, where in recent years the remains of an alleged witches cottage were found complete with cat skeleton buried behind a wall. 

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After a pub lunch at the historic Pendle Inn the coach will take us to Newchurch village and to St Marys Church where we will visit the infamous 'Witches Grave' of Alice Nutter. Simon will guide us through this part of the Pendle witches history as we stand in the graveyard, overlooking the surrounding countryside. There will be time to visit the world famous Witches Galore Shop to buy some Pendle souvenirs before we re-board the coach to return back to the hotel, passing several more historic sites connected to the Pendle Witches.

Before heading back to the hotel we will visit the notorious Malkin Tower site, the location of Old Demdikes Good Friday meeting during which it's claimed that several witches, having taken skulls and teeth from St Marys Graveyard made clay effergies of those they intended to do harm, amongst other things.

THIS IS A DARK LOCATION WITH A DARK HISTORY

 

In the shadow of the former tower we will be carrying out paranormal experiments including spirit boards, glass divination, spirit box experiments and more 

BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED HERE, SOME VERY UNUSUAL ACTIVITY HAS OCCURRED ON THIS SITE.

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After a few hours relaxing back at the hotel we will meet in our private dining room for a candlelit 3 course meal before beginning our paranormal investigation of this historic building.

- WE ARE THE ONLY COMPANY TO BE GRANTED PERMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THIS BUILDING - 

During our investigation we we will visit several areas including the former servants quarters located in the cellars.

Guests will have the opportunity to take part in various paranormal experiments with UNIQUE equipment including Spirit radios and REM kit.

Guests can also carry out divination techniques such as spirit boards, pendulums and table tipping. 

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PLEASE NOTE:

We cannot control weather conditions however as this is such an incredible opportunity to explore sites so strongly connected to the Pendle Witches, the weekends daytime tours will go ahead regardless of adverse weather so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. 

our Eerie Escapes are limited to 26 guests to ensure no overcrowding and the best possible experience for all!

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Your Pendle Witches Eerie Escape includes:

  • 2 nights BED, BREAKFAST & EVENING MEAL at the historic Grade II listed Oaks Hotel & Leisure Spa

  • PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION at the 14th century Salmesbury Hall

  • PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION at the Oaks Hotel 

  • 3 villages WITCH TRAIL TOUR with Historian Simon Entwistle 

  • Visit to the GRAVE OF ALICE NUTTER in Newchurch and the world famous 'Witches Galore' Shop

  • PARANORMAL EXPERIMENTS on Pendle Hill at the foundations of MALKIN TOWER

  • COACH TRAVEL between locations

  • FREE TIME to enjoy the spa facilities, relax or explore the area

ONLY

£289pp

secure your place with £50 deposit!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All bedrooms are private, ensuite rooms.

The remaining places are for double or twin rooms only.

If you choose to pay in full at the time of booking, a payment link will be emailed directly to you 

Should the remaining balance not be paid by this time HD Paranormal reserve the right to re-advertise your place. Deposits are non-refundable. 

 Anyone found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs during paranormal investigations may be asked to leave and no refunds given. 

All bookings are protected by our COVID-19 Cancellation Policy meaning that if the event cannot go ahead due to lockdown restrictions all guests will receive a full refund.