Ashwell Prison

 

Overview

Ashwell Prison is immense in size and enclosed behind high fencing. The location gives ghost hunters a real creep factor by day, but come night it takes on a real dark and sinister appearance.

Ashwell Prison is for those who like to explore the nooks and crannies of a large location, as well as enjoy their ghost hunting.

With this former HMP Prison being an immense size and enclosed behind high fencing. The location gives ghost hunters a real creep factor by day, but come night time it takes on a real dark and sinister appearance.

Siting in an forgotten state with its’ twisting corridors, pitch black rooms and empty cells – this offers you the eerie haunted location you’ve been looking for with highly reported paranormal activity to match!

Your ghost hunt at HM Ashwell Prison will see you exploring all levels of this vast site which is split into various buildings. On your ghost hunt will you take part in our Victorian-style Investigations? Joining in with your friends conducting Séances such glass divination, table tipping, Human pendulums and even using an official Ouija board?

Maybe using hand held ghost hunting gadgets is your bag, Haunted Houses Events prides itself on it’s huge collection of ghost hunting tech which will be readily available for you to hold, carry and use on your investigation. Head out into the darkness and keep a look out for your electromagnetic field spikes, or even cold spot alerts!

A firm favourite activity is to stand silently in the dark calling out to any spirits who can hear your voice, inviting them to join you. Will you be touched in the dark by unseen hands? Or maybe you will be lucky enough to hear the faint footsteps of a former prison guard doing his rounds? Feeling Brave… Try a lone vigil (ghost hunting in a room or area alone) in the dark. Should you wish to have a go at this be sure to let your host know that you are up for the challenge, and they will gladly arrange this for you.

Haunted Houses Events likes to work in smaller intimate teams to give you the very best experience possible.

 

Reported Ghosts

For a modern prison, it is odd that so many reports have been witnessed here. Past staff have reported dark figures running into rooms, that on checking were found to empty.

Within very recent history a face has been seen to of peered out through a window, the site manager thinking somebody was in the building went to investigate but turned up empty handed – the figure had vanished!

Now sitting abandoned, footsteps echoing around the empty shell of the wings have been heard, with loud crashes that could just be caused by playful spirits. An unwelcome feeling as you walk amongst the cells has been reported, along with headaches coming and going as you enter and leave paranormally active areas.

Join Haunted Houses for an overnight ghost hunt which will see you securely held inside the former HMP Ashwell in Leicestershire.

Venue History

Ashwell Prison was constructed on the site of a World War II US army base (home to part of the 82nd Airborne Division), and first opened in 1955 as an open prison for adult male prisoners. In October 1987 it was converted to an Adult Male Category C establishment.

In 2003 Ashwell Prison hit the headlines after four prisoners went on a wrecking spree, damaging £10,000 worth of office equipment, computers and windows. The trouble started when an officer found an inmate had been drinking alcohol in his cell. Despite this incident Ashwell achieved Resettlement Stage 1 accreditation in the same year.

A 2005 inspection report of Ashwell cited concerns about prisoners’ vulnerability, race relations and the quality of work and training at the prison. In the same year an inmate at the prison escaped from guards while receiving treatment for tuberculosis at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The prisoner was recaptured days later.

In July 2008 a new £6m wing with an additional 64 cells was opened at Ashwell Prison. The new wing increased the overall capacity of the prison to 619 inmates.

A major riot at Ashwell Prison began on 11 April 2009. During the riot, a three-mile police perimeter was put in place, which extended to the edges of Oakham. Several prisoners were evacuated from the prison. Trouble started at approximately 0100 BST on 11 April and a fire broke out at the prison during the afternoon. The riot was successfully brought under control at 2245 BST that day.

The operation launched by authorities in response to the riot was called Operation Tornado which saw the introduction of specialist riot-trained prison staff. Three prisoners were injured and 75% of the prison was made uninhabitable.

The riot started when a prisoner, serving a three-year sentence, confronted staff and refused to return to his room. He began to cause damage and was joined by others. The unrest spread quickly throughout the prison and approximately 400 prisoners are thought to have participated. No member of staff was injured or directly attacked.

The damage done to three of the old wings was substantial. The rest of the prison was either undamaged or sustained superficial damage. The event provoked questioning of the UK’s overcrowded prison system leading to Category B prisoners’ downgrading so that they can be moved to Category C prisons.

In January 2011, it was announced that Ashwell Prison was to close, as the cost of repairing and maintaining the building was too high. The prison formally closed at the end of March 2011, when all inmates had transferred to other prisons.

  • HMP Ashwell Prison,
  • Oakham,
  • Leicestershire,
  • LE15 7LF
  • 9:00 pm
  • -
  • 3:00 am
  • (Arrive for 8:45 pm)
  • This is a ticketless event, please sign in on arrival

Ashwell Prison is for those who like to explore the nooks and crannies of a large location, as well as enjoy their ghost hunting.

With this former HMP Prison being an immense size and enclosed behind high fencing. The location gives ghost hunters a real creep factor by day, but come night time it takes on a real dark and sinister appearance.

Siting in an forgotten state with its’ twisting corridors, pitch black rooms and empty cells – this offers you the eerie haunted location you’ve been looking for with highly reported paranormal activity to match!

Your ghost hunt at HM Ashwell Prison will see you exploring all levels of this vast site which is split into various buildings. On your ghost hunt will you take part in our Victorian-style Investigations? Joining in with your friends conducting Séances such glass divination, table tipping, Human pendulums and even using an official Ouija board?

Maybe using hand held ghost hunting gadgets is your bag, Haunted Houses Events prides itself on it’s huge collection of ghost hunting tech which will be readily available for you to hold, carry and use on your investigation. Head out into the darkness and keep a look out for your electromagnetic field spikes, or even cold spot alerts!

A firm favourite activity is to stand silently in the dark calling out to any spirits who can hear your voice, inviting them to join you. Will you be touched in the dark by unseen hands? Or maybe you will be lucky enough to hear the faint footsteps of a former prison guard doing his rounds? Feeling Brave… Try a lone vigil (ghost hunting in a room or area alone) in the dark. Should you wish to have a go at this be sure to let your host know that you are up for the challenge, and they will gladly arrange this for you.

Haunted Houses Events likes to work in smaller intimate teams to give you the very best experience possible.

 

Ashwell Prison was constructed on the site of a World War II US army base (home to part of the 82nd Airborne Division), and first opened in 1955 as an open prison for adult male prisoners. In October 1987 it was converted to an Adult Male Category C establishment.

In 2003 Ashwell Prison hit the headlines after four prisoners went on a wrecking spree, damaging £10,000 worth of office equipment, computers and windows. The trouble started when an officer found an inmate had been drinking alcohol in his cell. Despite this incident Ashwell achieved Resettlement Stage 1 accreditation in the same year.

A 2005 inspection report of Ashwell cited concerns about prisoners’ vulnerability, race relations and the quality of work and training at the prison. In the same year an inmate at the prison escaped from guards while receiving treatment for tuberculosis at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The prisoner was recaptured days later.

In July 2008 a new £6m wing with an additional 64 cells was opened at Ashwell Prison. The new wing increased the overall capacity of the prison to 619 inmates.

A major riot at Ashwell Prison began on 11 April 2009. During the riot, a three-mile police perimeter was put in place, which extended to the edges of Oakham. Several prisoners were evacuated from the prison. Trouble started at approximately 0100 BST on 11 April and a fire broke out at the prison during the afternoon. The riot was successfully brought under control at 2245 BST that day.

The operation launched by authorities in response to the riot was called Operation Tornado which saw the introduction of specialist riot-trained prison staff. Three prisoners were injured and 75% of the prison was made uninhabitable.

The riot started when a prisoner, serving a three-year sentence, confronted staff and refused to return to his room. He began to cause damage and was joined by others. The unrest spread quickly throughout the prison and approximately 400 prisoners are thought to have participated. No member of staff was injured or directly attacked.

The damage done to three of the old wings was substantial. The rest of the prison was either undamaged or sustained superficial damage. The event provoked questioning of the UK’s overcrowded prison system leading to Category B prisoners’ downgrading so that they can be moved to Category C prisons.

In January 2011, it was announced that Ashwell Prison was to close, as the cost of repairing and maintaining the building was too high. The prison formally closed at the end of March 2011, when all inmates had transferred to other prisons.

For a modern prison, it is odd that so many reports have been witnessed here. Past staff have reported dark figures running into rooms, that on checking were found to empty.

Within very recent history a face has been seen to of peered out through a window, the site manager thinking somebody was in the building went to investigate but turned up empty handed – the figure had vanished!

Now sitting abandoned, footsteps echoing around the empty shell of the wings have been heard, with loud crashes that could just be caused by playful spirits. An unwelcome feeling as you walk amongst the cells has been reported, along with headaches coming and going as you enter and leave paranormally active areas.

Join Haunted Houses for an overnight ghost hunt which will see you securely held inside the former HMP Ashwell in Leicestershire.

  • Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
  • Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
  • Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
  • Keep refreshed! Unlimited hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits available all night and included in the ticket price unless specified. Dietary requirements also catered for
  • Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
  • Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
  • Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
  • Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
  • Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
  • Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
  • Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • Not suitable for those in pregnancy
  • This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
  • All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
  • This location has free parking. A private car park is to the side of the building
  • Full event entry details are emailed to you 5 – 7 days prior to your booked event
  • Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
  • This is not a sleepover event
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • This location is suitable for those with mobility issues

Ashwell Prison

£55.00 Per Person

Ashwell Prison is immense in size and enclosed behind high fencing. The location gives ghost hunters a real creep factor by day, but come night it takes on a real dark and sinister appearance.

  • 9:00 pm
  • -
  • 3:00 am
  • Oakham,
  • Leicestershire
  • This is a TICKETLESS event

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