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Shepton Mallet Prison challenges corporate groups to our escape rooms for team building activities

Shepton Mallet Prison challenges corporate groups to our escape rooms for team building activities

9th November 2022

We were delighted to host numerous groups for corporate team building days at Shepton Mallet Prison throughout October, alongside hen parties and stag celebrations. At the start of the month, we welcomed Chubb Bulleid through our gates. Over 30 unsuspecting participants had no idea they would end up behind bars as their trip had been […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Challenges Hen Parties with New Escape Rooms

Shepton Mallet Prison Challenges Hen Parties with New Escape Rooms

5th October 2022

With the launch of our brand-new escape rooms over the summer holidays, the public took to these in full swing, and it wasn’t long before we welcomed the first private party to test them out. Midford Road Nursery were our challengers. A group who were definitely up for a laugh, they introduced themselves through their […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Hosts Paranormal Investigators for a Chilling Experience Behind Bars

Shepton Mallet Prison Hosts Paranormal Investigators for a Chilling Experience Behind Bars

5th October 2022

Throughout September, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming a variety of different Paranormal Investigators behind bars at Shepton Mallet Prison; teams from Haunted Happenings, Team Spirit UK, and an event hosted by the Psychic Medium, Dean Harding. Haunted Happenings, regular visitors here at Shepton Mallet Prison, visited the site on three occasions during the month, […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Welcomes Masses of University students for an Educational Journey Behind Bars

Shepton Mallet Prison Welcomes Masses of University students for an Educational Journey Behind Bars

5th October 2022

It’s a new month and a new start to the academic year, and we were delighted to be visited by a large number of university students. We welcomed over 100 brand new first year students from the University of South Wales (USW) on 20th September. They were studying a variety of degree courses including Criminology, […]

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The story of WWII Veteran & ex-inmate at Shepton Mallet Prison, Bernard Benedict James

The story of WWII Veteran & ex-inmate at Shepton Mallet Prison, Bernard Benedict James

26th September 2022

From 1942 to 1945 Shepton Mallet Prison was used as an American military prison and held many soldiers during this time. Bernard Benedict James was one of these prisoners.   Pictured: Bernard Benedict James, shown at his La Mirada home. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)   Bernard was born on February 7th 1921, […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Paranormal Article August 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison Paranormal Article August 2022

31st August 2022

This August has been a slightly different kind of month for the Night Supervisors at Shepton Mallet Prison. In addition to the usual Friday and Saturday night teams we often welcome, there have been several different Paranormal Groups visiting the prison, unusually on Sundays. The team even spent one evening looking after our zombie friends […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison – Productions to Date Article August 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison – Productions to Date Article August 2022

31st August 2022

Since becoming a world-class, heritage-led tourism attraction in 2017 Shepton Mallet Prison has been the prison home to a variety of exciting productions. Being such a unique setting has allured the film industry – it’s not common to be able to create a movie set inside a real prison. This means we have been lucky […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison – Art Behind Bars Article 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison – Art Behind Bars Article 2022

24th August 2022

Following the success of the Art Behind Bars event, ‘Prison Residencies’ that took place in September 2021, Shepton Mallet Prison is playing host to yet another Art Behind Bars event called ‘OUTSIDE IN.’ OUTSIDE IN is an exhibition that is part of SAW’s Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2022 and the artists will be inspired by […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Then and Now

Shepton Mallet Prison Then and Now

15th August 2022

How it all Began… Shepton Mallet Prison is known as the world’s most haunted prison. A heritage led, world class tourism experience that began inspiring, immersing, educating and engaging visitors through a journey behind bars in 2017. Shepton Mallet Prison housed its first inmates in 1625 and was decommissioned in 2013. Since its closure, we […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison - Educational Article July 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison - Educational Article July 2022

8th August 2022

Another successful month of many, many school visits. We welcomed, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms groups and a couple of Scout Groups, totalling a massive 561 students visiting us behind bars at Shepton Mallet Prison. This month was made more challenging due to the heat, which resulted in us ditching the bright orange jumpsuits […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Paranormal

Shepton Mallet Prison Paranormal

27th July 2022

Since the end of May, and throughout June and July, Shepton Mallet Prison has welcomed a host of Paranormal Groups over the weekends. Over 200 guests will have joined each of these teams, to be led on an investigation into the paranormal. Our Night Supervisors have the pleasure of looking after the site and the […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison – Educational Article June 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison – Educational Article June 2022

13th July 2022

June was an exceptionally busy month for Educational Tours having been visited by 174 Primary School students, 356 secondary school students and 225 sixth form students. With over 750 students visiting made June our busiest month thus far for Educational Tours. All of our Primary School visits, despite their young are, remained engaged throughout their […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Hosts Hens, Local Businesses & Friends Private Parties

Shepton Mallet Prison Hosts Hens, Local Businesses & Friends Private Parties

11th July 2022

  Squeezing their hen do into the very end of May, a lovely group of ladies faced one of our officers and braved our escape rooms. Chomping at the bit, they enthusiastically tackled the puzzles. Sadly though, not all of them were able to escape in the end, but nevertheless, our somewhat homicidal hens enjoyed […]

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Private Coach Group Visit May 2022

1st June 2022

With the weather finally starting to cheer up as we head into summer, the first group of guests we welcomed on a private tour this month were the Gay Classic Car Group (GCCG). We had 15 beautiful classic cars parked in the prison grounds for the afternoon; these cars had been driven to us from […]

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Hens, Stags and Birthday Visits May 2022

Hens, Stags and Birthday Visits May 2022

1st June 2022

We kicked off the ‘Cell’abratory Parties this month with a Hen Do organised by Georgie, opting for an Escape Room and Mini Tour. This lovely group of Hens couldn’t wait to get started with the Escape Room. Once they split into smaller groups, they challenged each other to see who could make their way to […]

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Paranormal News April/May 2022

Paranormal News April/May 2022

30th May 2022

Since first opening the prison to the public in 2017, we have welcomed through the gates a host of different paranormal investigators, as well as their guests. Most Friday and Saturday evenings, a different group will hire the site for one of these ever-popular ghost hunting events. During April and May, Haunted Happenings visited a […]

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Educational Visits May 2022

Educational Visits May 2022

30th May 2022

The month of May is of course the start of exam season for School and University students. With only three educational bookings it has been a quieter month for us here at the prison, although we do have 26 school visits booked for before the end of the school year in July! Our first students […]

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Upgraded Escape Room

Upgraded Escape Room

23rd May 2022

Brand new state-of-the-art escape rooms arrive at Shepton Mallet Prison! We are really excited to announce our largest investment to date at Shepton Mallet Prison, with 10 state-of-the-art escape rooms being installed at the beginning of July. Shepton Mallet Prison has invested £65,000.00 in a deal that will be the UKs largest escape room contract. […]

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Honouring 70 Years of The Queen’s Service

Honouring 70 Years of The Queen’s Service

11th May 2022

This year, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II became the very first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee Having been an HM Prison for 400 years before its closure in 2013, Shepton Mallet Prison will be celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and we invite you to join us behind bars and take part in our Jubilee […]

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Educational Visits April 2022

Educational Visits April 2022

27th April 2022

Another busy month for Shepton Mallet Prison with 8 school trips despite the two-week Easter Holiday period! We started off with Lingfield College. All groups successfully escaped from their cells. One group started off slowly, but suddenly worked out all the clues and were first to escape, whilst the group that started off quickly slowed […]

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Educational Visits March 2022

Educational Visits March 2022

6th April 2022

March has been a busy month for Educational Trips to Shepton Mallet Prison! Whitstone School started us off with a visit from their Photography students. They enjoyed a tour before spending time around the site to take photos for their projects. The size and complexity of the prison was a surprise to some. Priors Park […]

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Educational Visits in February 2022

3rd March 2022

We have had another fantastic month, with new and returning schools and educational communities visiting Shepton Mallet Prison throughout the month of February. As always, it is an absolute joy to welcome educational tours through our giant gates. At the beginning of February, we placed Ridgeway School & Sixth Form behind bars, they enjoyed and […]

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Prison Residencies 2021 – Evaluation Report

Prison Residencies 2021 – Evaluation Report

25th October 2021

A group of 13 female artists have been inspired by the historic records of Shepton Mallet Prison, including “crimes” such as being a Suffragette or the theft of butter. Artists were to develop individual research and art practice alongside other selected female artists. The Artist Residencies are set in the cells of C-Wing, the former […]

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Art Behind Bars ~ Prison Residencies

Art Behind Bars ~ Prison Residencies

9th September 2021

Prison Residencies – artist residencies at Shepton Mallet Prison 18 Sept – 3 Oct Shepton Mallet Prison is delighted to announce and launch ‘Art Behind Bars’ – which will be running from 18th September to 3rd October – a cocktail of exhibitions inspired by the building and it’s place in our social history. This is […]

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Ghost Stories from Behind Bars ~ The White Lady

Ghost Stories from Behind Bars ~ The White Lady

2nd August 2021

Shepton Mallet Prison is widely recognised as the most haunted prison in the World, and one of the most haunted locations in the UK. With paranormal activity common-place throughout the Prison, visitors and staff often report sightings and sounds that simply can’t be explained! Here, we tell the story of – The White Lady “In […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison awarded grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Shepton Mallet Prison awarded grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

12th November 2020

Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Shepton Mallet Prison, have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the […]

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