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

The Four Essentials of a Goth Wedding

Gothic wedding themeThe Goth subculture began in England during the early 1980s as an offshoot of the Gothic rock and post-punk music genres. Its signature dark, mysterious and dramatic aesthetics takes inspiration from 12th Century Gothic art and architecture, as well as 19th Century Gothic literature and horror films.

Today, Goth weddings are becoming a more popular choice for brides and grooms-to-be. If you are thinking of planning your own macabre ceremony, here are the essentials to make sure your Goth wedding is a howling success:

Wedding Attire

The Bride

For the bride, putting together an outfit is fun. There are several vintage shops and Goth boutiques all over the UK that sell period dresses at affordable prices. Goth brides usually go for leather corsets, black lace sleeves, elaborate chokers and satin gloves. Stilettos adorned with spikes or black heeled boots are the perfect footwear for your Goth wedding attire. Ask the make-up artist to draw attention to your eyes and lips with autumn hues or dark purples and black. Top off your entire outfit with a gorgeous black fascinator that partly covers your face or a long black veil to add to the effect.

The Groom

A three-piece black suit is usually the wedding attire for the groom during Goth weddings. The devil is in the detail – use a cane, silver accessories or long key chains to add life to the groom’s outfit. Have the hairdresser give the groom a neat, slicked back hairstyle for a polished look.

The Guests

Have your guests wear cocktail dresses and formal suits in black to complement the theme of the wedding. For the ladies, let them wear accessories with an accent colour, usually red or violet. For the gentlemen, tinted ties are a creative way to inject colour into their attire.


A Goth-inspired cake should be one of the most memorable elements of a Goth wedding. Speak to a good cake designer about your ideas. Large, elaborate cakes with dead rose fondants and skull-shaped icing looks stunning in wedding photos.

Mode of Transport

Traditional white vehicles with ribbons don’t fit the aesthetic of Goth weddings. If you want a suitable vehicle for your ceremony, hire an all-black carriage pulled by (black) horses. To complete the image, have the coachman wear a top hat and a leatherette coat reminiscent of The Scarlet Empress. Alternatively, have the bride and groom ride off on a big black motorbike.


For a Gothic wedding, the venue has to be genuine. Haunting and historical buildings provide the ideal backdrop. Bodmin Jail, also called Bodmin Gaol, is a 240-year-old historic prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. What was once an abandoned 18th Century prison in the heart of Cornwall has become one of South West England’s most bone-chilling, spine-tingling attractions.

With our Gothic high vaulted ceiling and period decor, Bodmin Jail truly is a unique wedding venue for your special day. If you would like to discuss your wedding plans with a member of our team, feel free to get in touch with Laura, our Wedding & Events coordinator. Call us on 01208 76292 today.

Posted: 16th 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