County Voice

County Voice 2019: Issue 3

This Summer at Ruthin Gaol

Despite the rain, summer has definitely arrived at Ruthin Gaol!

At “Transported!” on 30th of May visitors enjoyed tales of prisoners sent from Ruthin Gaol to the hot and hostile shores of Australia. Prisoners (many of whom had never before left their villages) endured months in cramped, dirty vessels with hundreds of others. Those lucky enough to survive the journey faced a harsh new life thousands of miles from their families. The gaol team were in full character and played to a very receptive crowd!

On July 25th it’s our “You are the Prisoner” event! Come and experience life as a Victorian prisoner at Ruthin Gaol. After arriving as a new prisoner, be ‘admitted’ and have your mug shot taken, try out hard labour and punishments such as Oakum picking (money for old rope) and working in the laundry. Meet the wardens, spend time in the cells and taste the prison food. Don’t worry, bath time isn’t scheduled for that day!

No prior booking is required (the Warden says ‘there’s no excuse for not turning yourselves in’).

School Summer Holidays

Whatever the weather the Gaol is a great place for families to visit in the school holidays – every day there are craft and art activities, trails, quizzes and challenges for all ages.

Halloween Week!

And finally, don’t forget to visit Ruthin Gaol during Halloween Half Term for Spooky’ fun! (From Saturday 26th October 2019 until Friday 1st November 2019)

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