Jail Break for Bodmin

Jail Break for Bodmin!

Bodmin Jail, one of Cornwall’s most loved historical attractions and Cornwall’s former County Gaol, announces today that it will close its doors for a 6-month period from 4th November 2019 to allow for construction to finish on the on-going £40million re-development and preservation project that is set to restore this important heritage asset to its former glory.

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The current visitor attraction will close its doors from Monday 4th November, with the restaurant and gift shop remaining open for diners, pre-booked events, and weddings only, until 1st December 2019. During the closure, all special events, including After Dark Paranormal Events, will be suspended, returning with a new lease of life in May 2020.

On Sunday 3rd November the Jail invites locals and enthusiasts to join them for a Charity Open Day with FREE entry for all to raise funds for the Jail’s chosen charity, Cornwall Hospice Care. Visitors will get a chance to say goodbye to the current attraction, as well as the opportunity to own a piece of Bodmin Jail by bidding on selected memorabilia picked from the original jail and attraction in a silent auction, with all money raised going to the charity that runs two adult hospices in Cornwall. The auction, which opens online on www.jumblebee.co.uk at 9am on Monday 21st October, gives anyone interested in owning a real piece of Bodmin Jail a chance to bid.

BJ Dark Walk Entrance image

The brand new £8.5million immersive visitor experience, which is due to re-open on the 1st May 2020, has been developed by international visitor attraction experts Sarner and sees the introduction of the new ‘Dark Walk’ experience and a complete re-design of the existing attraction spaces.  Four linked experiences will take guests on a journey through an interactive, educational, fun and punishing depiction of life in the 18th and 19th century and provide them with entertaining and informative history of the region, the jail and its former inmates. Ghostly voices from Cornwall’s murky past will appear alongside highway robbers, smugglers, miners and tales of the Bodmin Beast, using the latest technology and theatrical effects to allow visitors to experience the life and death within the prison walls and Cornwall as a whole.

Bodmin Jail Hotel imageThe 4-star boutique hotel, which is due to open in late 2020, is being built within the walls of the Grade II listed building, retaining original features including bars on the windows, original brickwork and the original guard tower. It has been designed with a view to retain and enhance the unique atmosphere and sense of history that exists in the ruins of the jail. The old cells are being used to create 70 spacious bedrooms with three cells to a room in the original civil, naval and women’s wings, alongside an exciting new restaurant concept.

Martin Lyall, General Manager at Bodmin Jail, says:
This is an incredibly exciting time for Bodmin Jail and Cornwall as a whole, with this being the biggest current private investment South of Bristol. Closing the attraction is an operational necessity at this point, in order to complete the construction work for our brand new, visitor attraction and historic hotel. We look forward to opening our doors in May next year as one of the top attractions in the region.

The senior team at Bodmin Jail will all remain on site during the construction period, developing exciting and new experiences for visitors next year. It is estimated that the new visitor attraction and hotel will generate around 50 new jobs in the local area once it opens fully.

All images copyright ©Twelve Architects – 2019 


Posted: 8th October 2019 By: Tara Jones



Cornwall Tourism Awards

Silver Winner!

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved a Silver award in the small attraction of the year category at last night’s Cornwall Tourism Awards . A big thank you to our entire team for helping us achieve this great accolade and to the judges for spending time behind bars.

Watch a short video of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2018


Posted: 2nd November 2018 By: Tara Jones



Cornwall Tourism Awards 2018/19

Bodmin Jail have been shortlisted!

Cornwall Tourism Award Logo

 

Bodmin Jail have been shortlisted in the final three of the Small Attraction of the Year category, for the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2018/19.

We are absolutely delighted that are our hardworking Jail Team have pulled together to provide top-notch customer service and such great all-round experience for our visitors.

The Finalists be presented with their Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award, at the black-tie Cornwall Tourism Awards Ceremony in Truro Cathedral, on 1st November 2018.

We wish all the other finalists in their categories the best of luck on the night!


Posted: 3rd October 2018 By: Tara Jones



Fathers Day Treats

It’s Fathers Day on Sunday 17th June!

Notoriously the most difficult member of the family to buy gifts for – why not treat Dad to delicious meal in our Governors Hall restaurant; we’ll be offering a great deal for two from our Steak & Shank menu, which includes a bottle of house wine!

 


Posted: 30th May 2018 By: Tara Jones



Hole in One

Charity Golf Day

‘The Inmates’ had a great day out supporting Bodmin Rotary’s Charity Golf Day; raising funds in aid of research into Motor Neurone Disease.

MND is currently incurable, and is characterised by weakness & wasting of the limbs – it’s a cruel illness, exasperated by the fact that although the limbs, speech or torso may not respond from signals from the brain to operate, the brain remains fully functional. The average life expectancy for the commonest form of MND is 2-5 years from onset of symptoms.

Finishing the day placed 4th out of 40, ‘The Inmates’ have helped give a boost to the MNDAssoc. Cornwall Branch, and to those persons in the County that have to live with the disease.

Well done to all involved!


Posted: 16th May 2018 By: Tara Jones




Artist in Residence

Meet the latest addition to our Jail inmates –

talented Artist in Residence Jess Marlton: Jess recently graduated from Falmouth University with a First in Authoritative Illustration.

Her work during this time focused on monsters and it was here that she developed the theme of whimsical macabre.  Through the medium of paper cutting, Jess uses the figure of the monster to investigate what we consider to be monstrous, and ultimately to invite the viewer to question who the monster is.

Jess’ work at Bodmin Jail focuses on the prison’s infamous inmates as well as Cornish folklore.  The paper cuts produced in residence are designed to carry tales of the prison and to address new ways of story telling.

Find out more about Jess


Posted: 15th November 2017 By: Tara Jones