Winter activities

Maitland Gaol will be offering the following activities in the next winter school holidays.

Self Guided Audio Tours

There are three self guided audio tours available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars.

Beanbag Cinema

In the spirit of fun, a beanbag cinema will be set up in the Gaol’s Auditorium. The cinema is a great way of staying out of the cold winter winds and gives you the opportunity to watch some classic children’s films at a great family friendly price. During the winter school holidays we will be screening two films with popcorn and Maltesers available to purchase. Why note enjoy a movie behind bars these school holidays.

Limited beanbags are available. Drinks will not be available for purchase, please BYO plastic containers only.

Movie 1 – OddBall

The hilarious story of Swampy Marsh and his Maremma dog Oddball. The eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary
from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town. Starring funny man Shane Jacobson and a cast of Australian actors this film is family friendly and full of laughs.

Date: Friday 13 July at 11:00am

Cost: $5 per child

Movie 2 – Flushed Away

The story of flushed away follows an uptown rat, named Roddy, living in London that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment ending up in the sewer. From here, and with the
help of new friends, he has to learn a whole new and different way of life. Kids who have previously don’t Snitch’s Gaol exploration are sure to enjoy this new rat story at Maitland Gaol.

Date: Friday 20 July at 11:00am

Cost: $5 per child

*A special OOSH group beanbag screening will be available during the winter school holidays, enquire now for additional information*

Junior Sleuth - Fingerprinting

Check out the brand new junior sleuth series of activities at Maitland Gaol starting these school holidays.

To get prisoners behind bars, you first have to be able to catch them and then process them. Fingerprinting makes up an important part of both these processes. Junior sleuths will get a mini tour of the Gaol before learning how to dust for fingerprints. Once they’ve caught the perp we’ll process their fingers as a special souvenir to take home.

Suitable for ages 5 – 12 years

Dates: 10 and 17 July at 11:00am

Cost: $10 per child (one adult complimentary per child)

150 Years Under Lock and Key

On this guided tour you will delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout history. From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern maximum security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site. 

This tour is suitable for children and runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Dates: 9, 16 July at 11:00am

Cost: TBC

Escapes Tour

This guided tour has been specially designed and explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from Australia’s longest continuously operating correctional facility, Maitland Gaol. Your guide will escort you around the site, delving into the ways prisoners were treated through various eras of prison management and how the Gaol was developed through its 150 year operational history.

This tour is suitable for children and runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Dates: 12, 19 July at 11:00am

Cost: TBC

Ex-Warder Tour

Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the 'worst of the worst'. Be prepared for some harrowing tales. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 14 years as the information presented may be confronting and includes adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references. 

The tour runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Dates: 11 and 18 July at 11:00am

Cost: TBC