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A Night Behind Bars at Shepton Mallet Prison

Everything you need to know.....

  • When are tickets available?

    • Tickets will be available now.

  • How much are tickets?

    • Tickets for this event are £70 p/p, the event is on the 12th of May 2018.

  • How do I purchase tickets?

    • Tickets can be bought online from www.imevents.global

    • Phone bookings are also available, on 01743 343100, ext 3. Lines are open 7 days a week from 10am.

  • Is there food?

    • Yes, there will be buffet style food in the evening and breakfast in the morning.

    • There will also be tea and coffee available throughout the night.

  • Is there a group discount?

    • We don’t offer group discounts for this event, however, you can contact our Admin Team on info@imevents.global to arrange a private booking!

  • Is there a minimum age?

    • Yes, and it is 18. This is an adult only event, due to the length of time you will be here.

  • What time do I need to arrive?

    • Doors open at 19:30.

  • How long is the sleepover?

    • You will be at the prison for 12hrs.

  • Can I leave part way through?

    • Yes, of course! If for whatever reason you need to leave, you can either inform the landing officers of your need to leave. The officers will sign you out, and release you from your stay. There will not be any refunds for reduced stays.

  • Can I smoke during the event?

    • There will be designated smoking areas outside. You will NOT be allowed to smoke inside the prison, and that includes the cells!

  • Can I be in the cell with my friends?

    • Of course, there are a few cells with two bed frames in but many have just one but you're welcome to put your airbeds on the floor and share the cell.

  • Can I be in the cell with my partner?

    • Yes! Of course.

  • Will I be in a cell with a stranger?

    • No! We will only put you in cells where you are alone, with friends, or with a partner. We will patrol the landings throughout the night to ensure people are not going into cells that are not their own.

  • Do we have to go on the Night Walk?

    • You do not have to, but please make us aware at the beginning of the evening.

  • Do you provide sleeping equipment?

    • We provide a cold floor, and a metal bed frame. You need to bring whatever you need to make it comfortable.

  • Can we use the bed frame?

    • Of course! Be aware they are single sleeping bed frames, and will need to have sleeping equipment put onto it to make it useable.

  • Can we use the toilets and sinks in the cells?

    • You cannot use the toilets and sinks in your own cell, however, there are toilets on site that you can use whenever needed.

  • Are the prison officers real?

    • Some of our ex-prison officers will be patrolling the landings, but some of the ‘officers’ will be actors and staff from both Immersive Events and Jailhouse Tours. 

  • Will I be strip searched?

    • No, you will not be searched. We will not be taking anything from you, unless we see anything dangerous or illegal when you are settling into the cells.

  • Can I keep my mobile with me?

    • Of course! We fully endorse the use of social media during your stay! #Cellfies are always loved, especially when you check-in at HMP Shepton Mallet.

  • Can I take photos?

    • Of course! #Cellfies and general photos of the wing are always welcome, and we’d love to see them when you check-in at HMP Shepton Mallet.

  • Do I have to wear the prison uniforms?

    • No, but wrap up warm! Or at least bring layers, so you can remove them if you are warm. Prison is not warm!

  • I’m in a wheelchair/mobility limited. Can I still take part?

    • If you are in a wheelchair, we are afraid you won’t be able to take part in the event. The site is not DDA compliant and all of the areas being used involve stairs to access. We don’t have a working stair lift or disabled lift on the site.

  • Is the event safe?

    • Yes, we have a staff on site all fully trained in health & safety of both the event and site.

  • How long will I be in the cell?

    • You will be in the cell for a maximum of 12hrs, if you chose not to go on the Night Walk, but there is free association throughout the night.

  • Will I be locked in the cell?

    • No. At no point will anyone be locked into a cell. Some doors CAN stick, but you will never be locked in from the outside. If you find your door sticks, and you struggle to open it again, all you need to do is call a member of staff.

  • Will there be future dates for this event?

    • If the first event sells quickly and more people want tickets, we will look to add more dates.

  • What if I feel sick during the event?

    • If at any stage you feel sick during the event, please inform a member of staff, and we will help you. If you just need some time outside, that is fine, if you think it will mean you can continue the event. If, however, you feel you must leave, simply let us know, and we will get you packed up and allow you out of the site.


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