The Witching Hour

by Periplum

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 May


Birkenhead Park

Meet at twilight under the moon at Birkenhead Park and immerse yourself in tales of alchemy and legend from the West and East, brought to life with spellbinding theatre, magic and wonder.

Mystics take sanctuary in two enchanting parks of the East and West and keep alive the memories of all that’s gone before.

They flicker in the treetops and travel through hidden tunnels. West to East, East to West, anchored in the North.

They assembled many moons ago, and they are about to meet again to share with you the secrets of this mesmerising park after dark.

The Witching Hour is upon us.


A brand-new outdoor performance commissioned for Wirral and Hull – two amazing locations each using culture to breathe energy into place and connect communities.

Featuring live performance, a specially commissioned soundtrack, pyrotechnics and promenading action taking place in and around the audience, The Witching Hour explores local legend and folklore from Birkenhead Park in Wirral and East Park in Hull.

The Witching Hour by Periplum

Commissioned by Absolutely Cultured and Wirral Borough of Culture 2019.

Produced by Absolutely Cultured

Image: 7 Alleys by Periplum for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Photo: James Mulkeen

Event info

  • The Witching Hour is free, and no booking is required.
  • The Witching Hour takes place in Birkenhead Park’s Upper Park. Entrances to the event will be via the gate on Park Road North adjacent to Birkenhead Park Rugby Football Club and the gate on Ashville Road adjacent to Highgate House. Please follow signage.
  • Please arrive for a 9:45pm start.
  • Parking is limited, so we advise use of public transport or travelling by foot where possible. See our FAQs page for more information about travel. Please respect the local residents by not parking in the streets around the park.
  • The Witching Hour takes place outdoors in a park after dark. Please dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear. There may be areas of the park that are muddy or uneven under foot.
  • Entry to the event is on a first come first served basis. In the unlikely event that attendance is oversubscribed, the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry.
  • With the exception of assistance dogs, animals will not be admitted.
  • The Witching Hour will go ahead in most weathers. If you are concerned or unsure please check our Twitter and Facebook pages in the first instance.
  • Visit our FAQs page for more information.
  • We hope you enjoy The Witching Hour. Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media using #TheWitchingHourWirral

Everything you need to know about coming to The Witching Hour

How to get to Birkenhead Park