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Have you visited the Old Adelaide Gaol and wondered what it would be like at night? Maybe you have been to the Old Adelaide Gaol Psychic Fair in previous years and thought it would be a great atmosphere at night. Well this year, the Psychic Fair will trade later giving you the opportunity to be in the gaol as the veil is pulled back and the night prevails.
Old Adelaide Gaol, enter if you dare. Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images
It is well known that the Old Adelaide Gaol, located at 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton is haunted. As one of the two oldest buildings in Adelaide, it was constructed around 1840 and remained a working prison until 1988. Forty five executions occurred here with the last being the hanging of Glen Valance on 24 November 1964. There is no wonder that the gaol is haunted. Ghostly sightings have been documented of Frederick Carr (executed in 1927 for murder), Governor William Baker Ashton (first governor who died in his office) and Ben Ellis (the hangman).
Psychic Fairs have been held at the gaol since 2015 with incredible success. This year's fair will be held on Saturday 24 March 2018 and for the first time will be a twilight fair, commencing at 11 am through to 8 pm. This particular site is something quite special for this type of event, and was in fact the location of my very first ghost tour. Since then I have joined Ghost Crime Tours for tours of the Adelaide CBD, Port Adelaide and Kapunda. Each of these locations has provided equally intriguing experiences.
Photo: Old Adelaide Gaol Psychic Fair
This year psychic readings will occur in the cells, providing a suitable atmosphere. There will be healers, alternative medicine, crystals and jewellery for sale. Three bands will provide live music, food stands, face painting, activities for the kids and much, much more.
Amongst others, readings will be provided by Ruth Verringer with tarot/oracle card and crystal ball readings, Pauline Grapentin with psychic readings and Samantha Collins will be doing oracle and tarot card readings along with intuitive psychic and mediumship readings.
If you have not been to the gaol before, take the advantage of going on a self-guided tour while you are there. The gaol is open from 9 am to 5 pm 7 days a week (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day). Entrance fees are $14.50 adults, $9 child, $12.50 concession or family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $35. During your self-guided tour take the opportunity to visit Elizabeth Woolcock's cell, the hanging tower, exercise yards, gallows, showers and induction centre, remand centre, the gaol museum and the graveyard.
The Old Adelaide Gaol Psychic Fair is hosted by Ghost Crime Tours and Northern Psychic Fair. Ghost Crime Tours are a local Adelaide company that provides tours of buildings and locations with known paranormal activity. Tours are based on documented evidence and the team has extensive background in paranormal research and a passion for historical and unsolved crimes. Tours include Old Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide CBD, Port Adelaide, Kapunda and the Port River Boat Tour.
Ghost Crime Tours also provide a number of paranormal lock-ins including Cornucopia Hotel, North Kapunda Hotel, Wallaroo Township, Gladstone Gaol, WW2 Explosives Factory, Old Highercombe Hotel, Old Adelaide Gaol, Port Wakefield Township and if you dare, the Mystery Location lockin. Those with a little more daring may enjoy the Old Adelaide Gaol 'Comes Alive' Ghost Crime Tour. The tour guides are knowledgeable and interesting and the tours themselves are well run and informative.
Northern Psychic Fair hosts fairs in various locations within South Australia, featuring some of Adelaide's best psychics and ghost hunters.
Parking is available either at the gaol or in nearby streets, however the gaol is accessible via bus or tram. Bus stop 1 on Port Road is a short walk from the gaol and nearby tram stops are located on the corner of West Terrace and North Terrace or adjacent to George Street, Thebarton.
Please note there is no right turn into Gaol Road from the city.