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.
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.
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.
The 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
We have been added to Super Dry’s “Summer Or Nothing” page for things to do in the South West of England! We are honoured to be recognised by such a well-established brand as Superdry.
The “Summer Or Nothing” to do site is a tool you can use to plan your holiday. It covers other local attractions and allows you to see what events are on, by using the yellow scroll bar that changes the time of day and highlights which attractions are open. This tool is a great feature and will benefit anyone planning their holiday to Cornwall or anywhere else in the UK.
Superdry displays events and activities that are suitable for a variety of age groups and interests. From a maze in Gloucester, The Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle and the well-known summer festival in Cornwall, Boardmasters, to many other attractions around the nation.
The section they have written about Bodmin Jail talks about the paranormal events that have occurred in the past, “people hearing crying in the dark, seeing shadows cast from no one and even having their hair pulled by what seemed to be nothing…”
Summer Or Nothing talks about our After Dark tours, Scary Cinema Night evenings and our Quiz and Curry Night that occurs on the last Sunday of every month!
You can check out what was written about us here.
Posted: 10th July 2019 By: Yiian Thomas
Cornwall Hospice Care revealed as Bodmin Jail’s Charity of the Year
It’s been revealed that Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care has been chosen as Bodmin Jail’s Charity of the Year. The 12 month corporate project will run from Monday 1st April 2019, until the end of March 2020, and will help raise the vital funds needed to provide specialist care to terminally ill patients across the county.
Oli Hoare is Head of Fundraising for the charity; “We’re delighted to have been chosen by the team at Bodmin Jail, a superb Cornish attraction based in the heart of the county we serve. Corporate support such as this ensures we can continue to provide specialist care to our patients and their families and carers at no charge to them. We’re now busy planning a year of fundraising activities. We strive to offer new and different events to our supporters and Bodmin Jail provides us with a totally different and unique venue. New for this year for instance, will be a Murder Mystery Evening in June, imagine that!”
Martin Lyall, the General Manager from Bodmin Jail; “We are very pleased to have chosen Cornwall Hospice Care as our Charity of the Year in our first venture of having a chosen charity. We look forward to working together to raise awareness and much needed funds for this valuable cause, in what is a significant year for the jail with our 38 million pound investment.”
News of fundraising events will feature on the Bodmin Jail and Cornwall Hospice Care websites and on their respective social media channels.
About Cornwall Hospice Care
Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish Healthcare charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families, carers and friends at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and in the community with our new Neighbourhood Hubs and Open Houses. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5.15 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 19% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The rest is raised thanks to the people of Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and donate to, and buy in, our 32 shops.
Charity number: 1113140
Posted: 29th March 2019 By: Tara Jones
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
Posted: 5th October 2018 By: Tara Jones
Bodmin Jail have been shortlisted!
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
We are delighted to confirm our next guest speaker for our Paranormal Conference being held at the Jail this coming November.
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
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
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
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