Haunted Prison | HMP Ashwell Ghost Hunt | Rutland | nr Leicestershire*


Haunted Prison | HMP Ashwell Ghost Hunts

Join Haunted Evenings on a ghost hunt and  explore this one of a kind urban abandoned prison in Rutland nr Leicestershire. As this former prison oozes negativity, it will come as no surprise that a location such as this is likely to unnerve even the hardier visitors.

History of HMP Ashwell

The site of “Her Majesty’s Prison” near Ashwell was built on land originally used as a World War II U.S Army base which was home to the 82nd Airbourne Division. In 1955 HMP Ashwell was built as an open prison for male prisoners, the prisons function was changed in 1987 to house Category C adult male inmates, leading to higher security to detain prisoners who posed a higher risk of violence. However it was believed that due to severe over crowding in the prison system, many Cat B inmates were housed at HMP Ashwell.

In 2003 HMP Ashwell Prison hit the headlines when £10,000 worth of damage was caused by 4 inmates who went on a rampage after an officer tried to defuse an intoxicated prisoner.

The prison expanded in 2008 when a £6m wing was added creating an additional 64 cells, increasing the total inmate capacity at that time to 619 prisoners.

2009 saw the demise of this now derelict and abandoned prison when a major riot broke out which took a day to control. The riot started when a prisoner serving a 3 year sentence confronted staff and became uncooperative. He began a path of damage and destruction which soon esculated into approximately 400 inmates joining in causing substantial damage to 3 wings. In 2011 it was announced that the Prison was to close due to the severe cost of maintenance and repair.

Haunted HMP Ashwell – Paranormal Activity

This eerily derelict prison, which once housed a hell of a lot of energy, has had several reports of paranormal goings on. It’s early days into investigating what actually goes bump in the night here but early accounts suggest that paranormal activities have been particularly experienced in the oldest wing and training block. Skeptics who have visited the site have reported feeling pushed, unexplainable shadows have been sighted as well as accounts of the unnerving sounds of doors slamming, knocks and bangs…could this be from the trapped souls of inmates who died here, or from those who served time here that have returned after death?

Ghost Hunting at HMP Ashwell

Armed with all the very latest equipment, Haunted Evenings will be conducting several experiments to really try and ascertain the real paranormal activities that occur here. Guests brave enough to join the team for the evening will have a chance to explore and conduct their own controlled experiments with the teams guidance and there will be several activities suited to first timers as well as those more hardened to take part it.  This abandoned place will be one hell of a night of investigations and for those willing visitors, a chance to go it a lone in one of the 4 wings cell blocks!

What’s Included on this event?

  • Guided tour/access all areas at HMP Ashwell
  • 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
  • Experience our unique lock down experiment
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
  • Complimentary light snacks

Event Date

Event Times | 9.00 pm – 4.00 am
Entry Time | 8.30 pm

What happens after I’ve booked my place?

You will receive an automated 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. If choosing to place down a deposit, please ensure you pay your remaining balances in no later than one month prior to the event (12th February).

The week of the event you will receive your welcome email which gives you all the useful info about your ghost hunt. Please check your promotion / spam folder as emails often hide themselves in there! Please only contact us if you have not received your welcome email by 48 hours before the event date.

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What's Included

*Welcome Meeting with complimentary refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Soft Drinks on arrival)

*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

*Equipment Vigil. Guests will investigate an area using all the latest paranormal equipment. We will show you how to use all the devices, from thermal imaging cameras to listening devices. We will also see what we capture using voice and video recorders.

* Communication Boards. Guests will move on to another area and use techniques on the Ouija board, Yes|No boards. Paranormal Equipment will also be available for guests to use during the session.

* Victorian Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will have a go at using old and new techniques such as Table Tipping, Human Pendulums. We will also carry out EVP experiments, alongside these more traditional style investigations.

* Lone Vigils. Guests brave enough will be given time to re-visit areas of the location unaccompanied. 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,hot chocolate & soft drinks will be available throughout the event.