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18th - 23rd October 2020

The Tudor and Stuart periods were fascinating times, where medicine, science, astrology, religion and superstition were all inextricably linked. It was also a dangerous time for women on the edge of society, where an accusation of witchcraft could lead to a brutal death, and where witchfinders actively looked for such women.

If you are intrigued by the beliefs and superstitions held by people in Tudor and Stuart England and are not put off by the odd ghost story, then you will love this tour!

This dual location, 5 night/6 day tour stays in Stratford upon Avon and Colchester in luxury accommodation. 

£2,495 per person (single person supplement applies)

Tour Highlights

  • Witchcraft & Superstitions with Lesley Smith

  • The Essex Witches talk from Claire Ridgway

  • Tudor Medicine with Lesley Smith

  • Staying in Shakespeare's home town of Stratford Upon Avon

  • Visiting historic Colchester

What's Included

  • Luxury Accommodation at 4* hotels, Arden Hotel, Stratford upon Avon for 3 nights and Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester for 2 nights

  • All Dinners and Breakfasts

  • Wine or soft drinks with evening meals (allowance per person)

  • Expert History Talks from top historians, Lesley Smith and Claire Ridgway 

  • All Admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • Private Guided Tours at various locations

  • Resident historian for the tour - Claire Ridgway

  • Philippa as Tour Manager

  • Luxury Coach Transfers

  • Pick up and Drop off in London

  • An Experience of a Lifetime!


Claire Ridgway

Claire Ridgway

The much loved and respected Tudor Historian, Claire Ridgway joins this tour as resident historian and co-tour leader.

Claire is the author of the best-selling books; George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Dipomat (co-written with Clare Cherry), On This Day in Tudor History, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II and many more.

Claire is the genius behind The Anne Boleyn Files history website, known for its historical accuracy, Claire's mission is to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story and to share that with everyone. 

Lesley Smith

Lesley Smith

M.Phil, M.Univ. (Hons.), F.S.A. (Scot.)

Lesley has been the Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000. She is a medical historian holding an M.Phil in Tudor medicine, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and is also a Member of the Society of Medical Writers.

She has also appeared in over 120 television programmes some of which have been broadcast to 38 countries. Lesley is also well known for her highly entertaining and informative costumed portrayals of a variety of historical characters.

Philippa Brewell

Philippa Brewell

Philippa is well respected within the history and travel industries for creating historical experiences which consistently exceed expectations.

Philippa entertains thousands each week with her videos and stories from across the UK and British History. This ability to engage an audience in British history as well as being an expert in travelling the historical sites of the UK, makes her the perfect tour manager.

She is recognised for her organisational skills and fantastic attention to detail and her aim is to provide once in a lifetime experiences but which you'll want to repeat!

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 18th October

    Meet at our designated meeting point near London Victoria Station, board our private air-conditioned coach and travel to historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Check into your beautiful room where you will enjoy the next 3 nights.

    In the evening we meet for an introductory talk from historian Claire Ridgway followed by a 3-course meal.

  • Day 2 - 19th October

    We spend a full day exploring Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon taking a look at how witches and superstitions are depicted in Shakespeare's works, as well as visiting Shakespeare's birthplace and Hall's Croft.

    Evening activity TBC but will include a 3-course evening meal.

  • Day 3 - 20th October

    Visiting Baddesley Clinton, a moated Tudor Manor house, we explore religious persecution in the Elizabethan era. 

    We are joined for an evening talk on Witchcraft & Superstitions with historian Lesley Smith before another beautiful evening meal.

  • Day 4 - 21st October

    Following breakfast, Lesley Smith joins us for a fascinating talk on Tudor Medicine. 

    We then board our coach and make our way to Colchester where we will stay at the Wivenhoe House Hotel for the remainder of the tour.  Settle into your room before meeting the group for our evening meal.

  • Day 5 - 22nd October

    Today we visit those places linked to the Essex witches and the witch hunters employed to find them. 

    Enjoy our final evening together with a 3-course meal and chance to talk history for one more evening!

  • Day 6 - 23rd October

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before boarding our coach back to London  where we say our final farewells!



Ticket Prices


per person with Double Occupancy, *Single Person Supplement Applies

Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire


The Booking Process is simple:

1 - Complete the Booking Forms and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your place will be held pending receipt of the deposit.

2 - You will receive an invoice, within 2 working days, for the correct deposit amount plus room upgrade fee, if applicable.

3 - On receipt of both, booking forms and deposit, your place is booked.

4 - You will receive a Booking Confirmation within 7 working days of your deposit being received. Your money is protected, please see below for more information.

How much is the deposit amount?

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to book.

Please read the terms & conditions of booking. Please ensure you take out adequate travel insurance.

Your invoice will state the correct deposit amount. For the 'Tudor & Stuart Witchcraft & Medicine' tour in October 2020, a single person traveller deposit is £1,871.25. For two people, travelling as a couple, the deposit is: £2,495 (or £1,247.50 per person)

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*The deposit is non refundable. Please read the terms & conditions of booking. Please ensure you take out adequate travel insurance.

Upgrade to a Superior Room for £300

The fee pays for an upgraded room at both the Arden Hotel and Wivenhoe House Hotel.

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