Ghost Hunt Derby Jail (Gaol) | Derbyshire
Derby Jail Ghost Hunt
Join Haunted Evenings on a fabulous ghost hunting night at Derby’s most haunted location! You will experience some mighty intense and serious ghost hunting as we split you off into teams to discover the true hauntings of this fantastic location (plus one other location nearby!). Find yourself locked up in one of the cells surrounded by an array of paranormal equipment, try your hand at recording your own EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or sit it out at the top of the nearby prison tower where ghostly presences have been experienced first hand by the locations owner, Richard Felix! ….Ghost Hunt includes a complimentary Soup & Rolls Supper.
The History of Derby Gaol
Delve into the history of Derby Gaol (Jail) and there is little wonder as to why this location has claimed the crown for the most haunted building in Derby! The Gaol that exists today was constructed from many of the original materials used from the original Derby Gaol that was constructed after an act of parliament in the early 1500’s to house local criminals – from mere petty crime to brutal murders. The original jail was eventually decommissioned and the new Derby Jail built in 1756 after the old site was sanctioned as unclean and of poor living conditions. However the new gaol was hardly 5 star by comparison! Built to house up to 23 inmates, it soon became a place of overcrowding and poor sanitation, Gaol fever ran rife throughout and death was a common occurance inside the gaol walls. It wasn’t until 1787 that it was deemed unacceptable and a law was enforced that all Gaol cells should be lime-washed and cleaned once a year!
The site of the current gaol was stragically placed in the “execution quarter” of Derby. It was perfectly normal for prisoners to meet their fate at the Gallows. In 1752, close to the time that Derby Gaol was opened, the law had introduced it’s most gruesome form of punishment and it was not unusual for Murderers to have been sentenced to death by being “hung, drawn and quartered”, an execution whereby the general public could not only witness the hanging, but witness the dissection of the corpse. These were brutal times and Derby Gaol would have been a very harrowing place to be!
Ghosts | Paranormal Activity at Derby Gaol
With such a vile past, it is no wonder that there appears to be more than meets the eye to this Derby building. Many visitors have left visiting the cells with a real feeling of sickness, others with discomfort to the throat. Is this the meddling of former inmates? Other visitors have sensed dark figures in the gaol with some claims of seeing hanging bodies from the ceilings. The owner, Richard Felix, who applies mass logic to the paranormal field, has had a few encounters that have left him more than a little shaken.
What’s Included? Ghost Hunt Derby Gaol
- Walkround and history tour of Derby Gaol
- Investigation of Derby Gaol and nearby guard Tower
- Complimentary Soup & freshly baked rolls
- Jam packed night of ghost hunting using different techniques (see “What’s Included” tab below for full details)
- Full use of all the latest paranormal equipment
- Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
Event times | 8.00pm -2.00am
Arrival times | From 7.30pm
What happens once I’ve booked my place?
You will receive an order confirmation email once you have successfully placed your order. This is your proof of purchase as we do not send tickets out for our events, instead we operate a Guest List system. On receiving your order you will be automatically added to our guest list. Closer to your event date, you’ll be able to access all welcome information about your event from the “YOUR EVENT” tab from the main menu. This will give you all the information you will need for your night to come, including check in procedures, where to park, when to arrive and what to bring/wear. These details will likely not be available until the week of your event and could be added as late as 48 hours before. If your event is a few weeks away, please keep checking the Your Event tab closer to your event date. Most general information,( google map, arrival times) can be found on the product listing in the meantime.
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Ghost Hunt Derby Jail
What to expect on this Haunted Evenings Derby Jail Ghost Hunt?
Your experience at Derby’s historic Jail will start with a warm welcome to Derby Gaol from the Haunted Evening’s Team before embarking on a tour around the location. Guests will also have access to an additional location to investigate nearby!.
During the course of the evening you will be split up into smaller groups to go off and do some group vigils plus lone vigils (for those of you brave enough to go it alone!). These will be organised by the team and a staff member will be present at all times with each group.
The Haunted Evenings team uses all the latest paranormal investigation equipment as listed on the equipment page and encourage all guests to have a go at using as much of the gadgets as they wish. The team aim to conduct unique experiments with a “think outside the box” attitude, making the night at Derby Gaol unique to the location, with specific trigger objects and some special twists on more traditional methods for those braver guests!.
Haunted Evenings also aim to collect EVP evidence (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) using rare equipment which works at a lower frequency and can record voices unheard by the human ear. The team will also be setting up experiments in some of the rooms in the hope of catching paranormal activity which will be re-visited before the end of the evening.
*Welcome Meeting with complimentary refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks)
*Walk round of the location with the lights on, pointing out places of interest.
*Guests will then be split into smaller groups to carry out small vigils
*Handheld Equipment Vigil. Guests will investigate an area using all the latest paranormal handheld equipment. We will show you how to use all the devices, including K2’s, Mel Meters, Ghost Meters and our thermal imaging cameras. We will also see what we capture using voice and video recorders.
* Trigger Object Vigil. Stay close to our trigger objects to see who, from the spirit world, is intrigued by our objects!, many with built in devices that will literally trigger if interacted with by spirits including Rempods. Other devices will be available for guests to use during the session.
* Voice Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will have a go at using listening devices to see what strange noises and hopefully voices we can capture. Guests will have the chance to use digital voice recorders and use hearing enhancers. We will carry out EVP experiments and encourage all guests to have a go at capturing their own evidence.
* Lone Vigils. Guests brave enough will be given time to re-visit areas of the location unguided. Armed with walkie talkie contact with the team, guests can take any available equipment and conduct their own vigils.
*Group Vigil. Guests wanting to stay close to the team, will finish off the night carrying out a final vigil in the most active part of the location, using the technique that had the best response.
*Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available throughout the event.
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