Chef’s Signature Dish

Our Head Chef, David, has created an absolutely delicious signature dish for you to try next time you visit the Jail!

Dine in the historic opulence of our Governors Hall restaurant, serving from noon to 9pm. We recommend booking a table in advance: just give us a call on 01208 76292, or reserve a table online

 

Chef's Signature Dish


Posted: 27th August 2018 By: Tara Jones



A Guide to Planning an Educational Trip with the Family

A family on a tripSome would say that travelling is the best education. Among a vast array of learning opportunities, travel stands out as a fun, memorable experience that expands our minds and fuels our passion.

The growing appreciation for travelling as an instrument in learning can be seen in how more and more families are integrating educational spots into their holiday trips. According to Michele Perry, a travel expert, more than half of travellers across the globe include educational activities in their vacation plans. If you’re planning a trip of excitement and learning for your family, this is how you can start:

Do Your Research

Most adults tend to have years of learning under their belt that equip them to understand and contextualise new information. Children, on the other hand, have little of that. Sit with your child and involve them in the research for the most intriguing sites in the next country you’ll be visiting. But rather than walking your children through a long lecture about the past, allow them to see and experience history themselves during your trip.

Book Accommodation that Connects You with Locals

Staying in an expensive hotel will add unnecessary costs to your trip expenses. Instead, search for accommodation options that are located near both the locals and historical sites. Most locals are knowledgeable about the area and can help you move around more safely and easily. Immersing yourself in the local culture and conversing with local residents will give you a richer, more authentic experience that is difficult to replicate.

Purchase Your Tickets Online

Many historical sites require entrance tickets, especially well-maintained tourist spots. The line for entrance fees can be quite long if you purchase tickets on the day of your visit, while some tourist sites do not accept walk-in guests. To prevent any hiccups, purchase your tickets online.

Document the Trip

Always bring a camera wherever you go during your trip to historical sites. Photos of your travels are memorabilia that you can keep for years to come. When your children grow older, they will have something to look back on, whether it is an album of printed out photographs or a digital gallery of your experience. Just be sure to follow rules or regulations regarding camera usage at all times.

Start Your Adventure at Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail, also called Bodmin Gaol, is historical prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor that is nearly three centuries old. What was once an abandoned 18th-century prison has become one of South West England’s most bone-chilling, spine-tingling attractions. It is the perfect site to visit for a family day out in Cornwall because of its haunting history and in-depth guided heritage tour.

Let your children in on the haunting stories, beautiful architecture and rich history that made Bodmin Jail what it is today. Get in touch with us to book your tickets.


Posted: 23rd July 2018 By: Tara Jones



Jason Semmens

We are delighted to confirm our next guest speaker for our Paranormal Conference being held at the Jail this coming November.

Jason Semmens

Jason focuses chiefly on beliefs in witchcraft and popular magic from the early modern, to the modern era; particularly at a regional level, as well as how belief in the supernatural world relates to early science.

Originally from West Cornwall, Jason is currently the Director of the Army Medical Services Museum, Ash Vale, Surrey. He is an independent researcher with Master of Arts degrees from the Universities of Exeter and Leicester.
His publications include The Cornish Witch-finder: William Henry Paynter and the Witchery, Ghosts, Charms and Folklore of Cornwall, and Tammy Blee’s Cabalistic Agency: Witchcraft and Popular Magic in History and Interpretation (forthcoming 2016) – along with numerous contributions to journals, including Folklore, Cornish Studies and the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic.

Tickets are now on sale for our Paranormal Conference, BOOK HERE

 

 

 


Posted: 17th July 2018 By: Tara Jones



Paranormal Conference Guest Speaker

We are excited to confirm Brian Sterling-Vete as guest speaker for our Paranormal Conference, to be held at the Jail in November.

Brian was born in Manchester, England, and is a former Stuntman, BBC TV news veteran, TV Broadcaster, Guinness World Record Holder, Author, and Internationally recognised Martial Arts Instructor. He has also worked on the first season of Star Trek – TNG, and co-stars in the new horror movie “Geist” due for release later this year.

Brian has had a life-long interest in all aspects of the paranormal, while at the same time, mostly thanks to his BBC TV News background, he remains as neutral, balanced, scientific and objective as possible.

He has participated in over 1000 investigations throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, and is a regular guest speaker on the Dark Matter Digital Radio show “More Questions Than Answers” with Adrian Lee.

 

Brian has recently published his latest book –  ‘Paranormal Investigation’ The Black Book of Scientific Ghost Hunting and How to Investigate Paranormal Phenomena, and will be book signing on the night.

On July 1st, 2017, Brian was one of the 6-person team in the now famous Redwood Falls UFO incident which Minnesota MUFON has said is “One of the most significant UFO encounters of recent years.”


Posted: 3rd July 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



Jail Guides

Congratulations Jess!

Jess is one of our Jail Guides, and has been voted Staff Member of the Month by our lovely visitors.

Always bright and chirpy, with a talent for telling the best stories ‘Miranda Stylie’ Jess is a very knowledgeable member of the Jail team who will enhance your visit with fun and educating tales.

You can find our Jail Guides haunting the different levels of the Jail between 11am – 3pm, Monday – Friday; answering your queries about the Jail’s history, and regaling entertaining stories of previous inmates and their wrong-doings…


Posted: 25th May 2018 By: Tara Jones



Scrapbook Adventures

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“I don’t believe in ghosts. That’s something I’ve always told myself and others – partly because I’ve never experienced anything from the paranormal, and partly because the thought of anything ghostly scares me! So when Bodmin Jail, in Cornwall, invited us down for an overnight stay at Britain’s most haunted venue I wasn’t so sure! Staying overnight and exploring a jail I hadn’t visited before, with a group of people I didn’t know, – not quite for me on my first paranormal experience I don’t think.”

Read more about how Rachel copes with her while spending the night in the Jail; one of the UK’s most haunted venues…

Image of Bodmin Jail at Night

 

 


Posted: 25th April 2018 By: Tara Jones



What a Birthday Treat!

We recently received a great review of our After Dark Experience…

“I am writing to say thank you for a wonderful evening, from start to finish; We arrived for a friends 50th birthday treat. We were greeted at the restaurant door by a fab team, both ladies were most helpful, polite and very welcoming. We were seated, and it was explained there were 3 other ladies to join us on our evenings ‘after dark experience’. The atmosphere was lovely in the restaurant. The meal was served and fantastic, I think everyone on the table were surprised how good the food was for the price. I was unsure what wine to have, but the ladies were very kind to advise me on what to have. Very good choice of red wine.

We then were prepared to go for the ‘after dark experience’ – By that I mean coats on and wrap up!!

The evening had begun so well it was going to be a hard act to follow. Once on the tour with Kirsten and Mark, we were made to feel at ease and just have fun. The depth of knowledge Kirsten has on history coupled with the passion for her job, is contagious. It just made for a wonderful evening. Mark also has a depth of knowledge about his area of expertise.

This was an experience my friend had been wanting to do for a few years, and it totally lived up to her dreams.
I thank you and your team for delivering the complete experience.

I must also say I have a recently visually impaired husband, who is very passionate about history, and because your signage information is so large he will love going there. I will be using my 20% off voucher to take him for a special meal, and a tour of the museum beforehand.

Thank you once again for a totally amazing evening and night.”

Pen Davies-Gregory – After Dark participant


Posted: 3rd April 2018 By: Tara Jones




Long-eared and Whiskered!

Two Thirds of Britain’s Bat Species can be found at Bodmin Jail.

Fittingly, for an old building steeped in history, Bodmin Jail is much loved by bats.
Of the 17 resident bat species in Britain, Bodmin Jail is home to seven of these (Common Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared, Lesser Horseshoe, Greater Horseshoe, Whiskered, Daubenton’s and Natterer’s).
An additional four species (Nathusius’ Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Barbastelle and Noctule) have been recorded foraging within the immediate environs of the jail, meaning that two thirds of Britain’s bat species occur here!

Bat Nursery

Photo by Mark Tunmore

The jail is particularly important for its colony of Greater Horseshoe and Lesser Horseshoe bats, including a maternity roost of the latter species. Horseshoe bats are among the rarest of Britain’s bat species, being restricted to south-west England and Wales, and estimated to have declined by 90% during the twentieth century. All of Britain’s bat species are protected by law as a result of their historic declines and threats to their habitats.

The best way to see bats at Bodmin Jail is to keep an eye out just after sunset, when they may be seen foraging around the car park or emerging from buildings; they are also sometimes seen during night walks flying along the corridors of the jail.

Horseshoe batIf you are lucky enough to encounter a bat during your time at Bodmin Jail don’t be afraid as it won’t harm you and bats don’t get caught in people’s hair as folklore would have us believe. Bats are not blind and their navigational systems allow them to fly fast with pinpoint accuracy, to rival the skills of any RAF pilot. There are no vampire bats in Britain and all our native species feed upon insects – a single pipistrelle bat can eat more than 3000 insects in one night

Bodmin Jail has invested heavily in the construction of an additional bat abode to help secure the future of this colony – a bespoke building, designed with the bat’s welfare in mind; to be an attractive, comfortable, and safe environment in which these fascinating little creatures can thrive.

Further information about bats can be found on the Bat Conservation Trust’s website.


Posted: 14th March 2018 By: Tara Jones