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KIDS GO FREE, THIS FEBRUARY HALF TERM!

KIDS GO FREE, THIS FEBRUARY HALF TERM!

23rd January 2023

It feels like we’ve only just entered 2023, but already February half term is fast-approaching, so much so, that most may not have had the chance to give a second thought to how to entertain the whole family during this little break.  Stuck on what to do with the kids? Shepton Mallet Prison has come […]

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Paranormal Investigations: A Ghostly Dimension

Paranormal Investigations: A Ghostly Dimension

11th January 2023

Being noted as the most haunted prison in the world, Shepton Mallet Prison hosts hundreds of eager investigators every month to uncover the mystery of the paranormal. December was no different and even as a month known for festivities and cheer, many of you chose to spend a cold winter night looking for the unexplained. […]

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Private Parties Draw the Year to a Close

Private Parties Draw the Year to a Close

6th January 2023

Christmas is the best time of year for gathering friends, family and work colleagues. It gives us all a chance to reflect on those most important to us and creates a great excuse for having fun whilst doing so. We have had the pleasure of welcoming multiple private groups throughout December all keen to get […]

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December's Educational Tours

December's Educational Tours

5th January 2023

The farewell month of 2022 hosted an incredible footfall of students eager to immerse themselves in one final educational trip for the year at Shepton Mallet Prison. Braving the chilly prison wings, students sought comfort in the extra layers offered by our bright orange prison jumpsuits, issued at the start of their Prisoner Experience. Whilst […]

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Shepton Mallet Prison Invites Visitors for a Chilling Experience Behind Bars

Shepton Mallet Prison Invites Visitors for a Chilling Experience Behind Bars

12th December 2022

November has brought in the darker nights, which for some means getting cosy next to the fire on a Saturday night after putting up the Christmas tree, but for others it means holding on to the last notes of Halloween by spending the night sleeping over in the most haunted prison in the world. We […]

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Students are Immersed in the History of Life Behind Bars

Students are Immersed in the History of Life Behind Bars

2nd December 2022

  It’s been another busy month at Shepton Mallet Prison, Educational Visits have been flying through our gates and we have had the pleasure of welcoming over 600 students, all eager to learn about the incredible history of our site. From students challenging our Cell Escapes and managing to make their way to freedom at […]

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Art Behind Bars – “OUTSIDE IN”

Art Behind Bars – “OUTSIDE IN”

23rd November 2022

Shepton Mallet Prison hosted another new and exciting exhibition as part of the Somerset Art Weeks (SAW) Festival 2022, running from Saturday 1st until Sunday 9th October, Six artists took over C-Wing for the full nine days, to create and exhibit site responsive, immersive artworks. Working with colour, form, light and sound the artists brought […]

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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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