SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

Maitland Gaol offers three self guided audio tours of the site available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars. Tickets are valid for one entry between 10:00am and 3:00pm on the date chosen to attend. The site closes at 4:00pm.
 
"Maitland Gaol Revealed" gives an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. Secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the inmates and warders, bring this tour to life. 

This audio tour is also available for the deaf and hearing impaired in either Auslan/Captions or Audio/Captions. The tour is available using a smartphone app called OpenAccess Tours that can be downloaded in advance or alternatively it is available on site through the normal audio tour system.

"Escaping Maitland Gaol" will lead you through the maze of cells, divulging intricate details of the many escape attempts seen throughout the gaol's 150 year history. You will hear stories of ballsy efforts to break free of the gaol's grueling regime.

"Snitch's Gaol Exploration" (Children's tour) is narrated by ‘Snitch the Rat', a ghostly character who leads children on an adventure through the gaol cells. Snitch tells the children all the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world.

 

19/08/2019 To 17/11/2019
MRAG: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT! 2019 MRAGM Fundraiser

Councillor Loretta Baker, Mayor of the City of Maitland together with the MRAG Member Committee warmly invite you to:

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!

2019 MRAGM Fundraiser, 10th Birthday Celebration & Artist Party.

In celebration of a decade since Maitland City Council's visionary re-development of MRAG, we invite you to join us for an exclusive preview as we light up the newest addition to the Maitland collection, ‘Made in the Light – Happy Cloud and Drips' by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist (& Maitland's own) Nell.

Tickets include Tyrrells Wine, The Pourhouse Craft Beer, live music, grazing table by the incredible Café Seraphine + the opportunity to take-home an artwork valued at over $500.

Every ticket purchased supports free access arts education programs, such as Free Art Sunday, for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

6 – 9 pm

Friday 23rd August 2019

$50 for members / $65 for non-members / FREE for children under 18 years

Maitland Regional Art Gallery 230 High Street, Maitland

23/08/2019 6:00 PM
PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

Do you have an interest in serious paranormal investigation?

Let Renata from Newcastle Ghost Tours take your experience to the next level with Maitland Gaol's Paranormal Experience. With four hours to explore the site you are welcome to investigate with your own equipment, or stick with a seasoned investigator and experience a series of experiments designed to reach out to residual energies.

This experience is for a maximum of 20 people and includes a walk through the site to give each location some context but does not include a tour. The night encourages investigating on a range of levels and is classed as a 'next level' experience, so it's a good idea to have participated in paranormal investigations before.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Please note this is an adults only event. All participants must be 18 years and over.

Price

$90 per person 
23/08/2019 To 25/10/2019
SHAKESPEARE'S THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Reamus Youth Theatre

Directed by Joanne Lawler

August 16 to 31

“Peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life”

One of the Bard’s earliest and most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy of wooing, winning and wedding.  A battle of sexes involving a strong-minded, bitter shrew wooed by an equally stubborn man.

This rough and tumble play of unconventional romance is rife with subplots involving the Bard’s customary devices of disguises and mistaken identity.

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm  August: Fri 16, Sat 17, Fri 23, Sat 24, Fri 30,Sat 31
Matinees at 2:00pm 
August: Sun 18, Sun 25
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

Ticket Prices:

All tickets: $18
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact
info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details

Running time:

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval

23/08/2019 To 31/08/2019
JUSTICE PRECINCT TOUR

The area that surrounds Maitland Gaol is of great interest to our visitors and many locals in our area. The Justice Precinct tour explores the complex relationship between the Gaol and it's surrounds, including the East Maitland Courthouse, Mounted Police Barracks and the many locations of the East Maitland Police Station. The tour unpacks how these buildings became the centre of justice in the East Maitland area, as well as exploring the many uses of areas outside the gaol for prisoners. The aim of the tour is to give an understanding of how the land around the gaol was successfully shared and as such a cooperative relationship was formed between the buildings and their many occupants.

 

24/08/2019 11:00 AM
ESCAPES TORCHLIGHT TOUR

Escapes from Maitland Gaol cover a vast period of the facility's history. The earliest years were a time ripe for escape with security features basically comprising of the towering walls. As the years progressed and the type of prisoner changed the escapes became more daring and dangerous. Whatever the prisoners motivation for escape the determination and skill they show achieving their outcome is sure to amaze. Hear about a number of the most daring escapes on this torchlight tour lasting 90 minutes. It gives visitors a glimpse into the desperation felt by prisoners and the risks they took to break free.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for people under 15 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

24/08/2019 To 28/09/2019
EX-WARDER DAY TOUR

These are a 1½ hour escorted tour through the Maitland Gaol complex from the perspective of the men and women responsible for operating the facility over its 150 years.

Like the Ex-Inmate tour, there are some stories which are not for the feint-hearted. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. 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.

Not recommended for children under the age of 14 as the information presented may be confronting includes adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references.

Regularly presented as a public day tour on Sundays and as an evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

25/08/2019 To 7/09/2019
LWT: MEMORY AND LANDSCAPES LAUNCH

Join us for the launch of Memory and Landscapes, a historic photography exhibition celebrating the places and stories close to Maitland's identity.

This landscape- themed exhibition will unlock stories form our past.

The exhibition Memory and Landscapes is presented in celebration of NSW History Week and features historic phhotographs from the Maitland City Library collection.

Exhibition - 31 Aug – 8 Sep at East Maitland Library

Launch Thu 29 Aug
6.00pm - 7.30pm
East Maitland Library
Free

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


29/08/2019 6:00 PM
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

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 can also be presented for private groups and may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

31/08/2019 To 16/11/2019
LWT: DEEP TIME DREAMING - BILLY GRIFFITHS

Deep Time Dreaming investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century, and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging.

Historian Billy Griffiths follows the lives, passions, methods and mistakes of some of Australia’s pioneering archaeologists, reflecting on how archaeological insights have transformed and continue to transform national narratives and sensibilities.

31/08/2019 6:00 PM
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY (TORCHLIGHT)
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

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 occasionally presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour but is mainly presented for private groups where it may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

31/08/2019 To 7/09/2019
FATHER'S DAY LUNCH AND TOUR

Looking for that special gift? Dads are hard to buy for, so make it easy on yourself this Father's Day. A Bite Behind Bars will lure dad in with a guided tour of Maitland Gaol before a picnic lunch that prisoners could only dream of. 

Beginning at 10.30am, visitors will meet their tour guide, where they will embark on a guided tour around the full site of the Gaol. Visitors will learn about the history of Maitland Gaol and some of the stories and tales of what life was like behind bars. 

Following the tour at 12.00pm you'll be treated to a picnic lunch on the exercise field, where you will enjoy a delicious array of freshly made sandwiches, wraps, sliced fruit and sweets for you to enjoy with the whole family. 

1/09/2019 10:30 AM
ESCAPES DAY TOUR
While learning about the history and operation of this notorious prison, this specially designed NEW! tour explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from Australia’s longest continuously operating correctional facility.

During your 1½ hour tour our guides 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.

And throughout your exploration, stories of amazing escapes, from the unbelievable and amazing to the farcical. All, in most cases, for a few hours of freedom. Learn about the 'Magnificent Seven' – the last successful escape in September 1977, and Patrick McNamara, who escaped in August 1851, only to be recaptured 4 months later and face the hangman’s noose in March 1852.

Now being presented as a public day and evening tour on selected occasions throughout the week or for private groups. Check the website for the next scheduled public tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

1/09/2019 To 9/11/2019
GHOST HUNTING 101

If you've experienced a ghost tour and want to step up to the next level, our Ghost Hunting 101 nights are perfect.

The night starts with a briefing, before you learn the basics on how to use the K2 Meters and voice recorders. You'll experience a vigil, an era cue, use a spirit box, and have time to chat, talk about experiences and have discussion on the topics of ghosts, poltergeists and residual and intelligent hauntings.

Learn about it and then try it out as you hunt for ghosts across the site and in the cells, you even have the opportunity to do some investigating on your own.

The group numbers are limited to allow a more personal experience with Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours who will guide you through the night.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Participants must be 15 years or over.

PRICE $50 per person
DATE First Friday of each month except November and December (subject to site bookings)
TIME 9.00pm October - April and 8.00pm May - September
DURATION 2 hours (approx.)

 

6/09/2019 To 4/10/2019
A PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE

Do you believe in the paranormal? Both believers and non-believers alike are fascinated by the psychic stories and phenomena described by our resident psychic guide.

To really be immersed in the psychic experience, you will need 2½ hours to hear the history of the Maitland Gaol and the people who have passed through its walls. Be ready for some truly mystifying tales, the answers to which you can decide for yourself.

We don’t guarantee any ghostly activity, but many visitors experience an eerie feeling. Your guide will lead you in this experience. If you are lucky, there may be time for a palm reading or two at the end of the tour.

This tour is not available for children under 14 years as it is conducted at night and the information presented is of an adult and/or confronting nature.

Regularly presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups. Availability of this tour is limited so early booking is especially recommended.

Email us and let us know if you have had any eerie or spooky Maitland Gaol experiences.

13/09/2019 To 15/11/2019
CRIMES OF PASSION TORCHLIGHT TOUR
Crimes of passion, they shock and horrify us, but in almost equal measure they intrigue us. Listen to Maitland Gaol come to life with a series of stories focused around crimes of passion that ended in incarceration or worse. The stories are entwined with love, suspicion, greed and envy, with almost all culminating in a brutal ending.

Available only by torchlight, this tour is sure to leave you with the urge to double check your doors are locked at night.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information presented in this tour may be confronting for people of all ages, and includes adult themes, coarse language, violence and sexual references. Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on this tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
14/09/2019 To 9/11/2019
LWT: SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: ANDREAS BRANTELID

Join us as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Brantelid performing Elgar are live-streamed from the Sydney Opera House to Maitland Library.

Elgar’s powerful and poetic Cello Concerto was his favourite and most candid creation. The greatest cello concerto in the repertoire, it’s a tour de force for sensational young soloist Andreas Brantelid.

18/09/2019 6:30 PM
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION - OUTDOOR CINEMA

Can you believe it's been 25 years since the Shawshank Redemption was first released? Nominated for seven Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, The Shawshank Redemption is still ranked one of the best movies of all time.

For this special anniversary , Maitland Gaol will present The Shawshank Redemption outdoors on the big screen. Come and enjoy this very special event in the warm spring weather.

Gates open at 6.00pm, movie commences at 7.00pm.

Additional Information:

  • This is an ADULTS ONLY event (over 18 years)
  • BYO chair or picnic blanket
  • NO pass outs
  • Sweets, popcorn and sausage sizzle will be available to purchase on the night
  • Alcohol available to purchase at a pop up bar - NO BYO
  • Max 10 tickets per booking

20/09/2019 To 21/09/2019
2019 MAITLAND GARDEN RAMBLE SHUTTLE BUS & GARDEN ENTRY

The 2019 Maitland Garden Ramble allows ticket holders to ramble through eight of Maitland's most beautiful gardens. This initiative by Maitland Black and White committee raises funds for Vision Australia.

For more information about the participating gardens and to download a program, visit maitlandbandw.com

Gardens include:

Cornish Garden - East Maitland
Vakil Garden - East Maitland
McLeod Garden - Windella
Anambah House - Anambah
Bolwarra House - Old Bolwarra
The Barn - Old Bolwarra
Andrews Garden - Bolwarra Heights
Russ Garden - Largs

Entry to individual gardens available at their front gates. Free entry for children under 14.

Shuttle Bus departs from Maitland Station at 9.45am sharp. Pre-purchase tickets only.

Adults $45, Concession (aged pension only) $35

 

21/09/2019 To 22/09/2019
2019 MAITLAND GARDEN RAMBLE - ENTRY ALL GARDENS
The 2019 Maitland Garden Ramble allows ticket holders to ramble through eight of Maitland's most beautiful gardens. This initiative by Maitland Black and White committee raises funds for Vision Australia.

For more information about the participating gardens and to download a program, visit maitlandbandw.com

Gardens include:

Cornish Garden - East Maitland
Vakil Garden - East Maitland
McLeod Garden - Windella
Anambah House - Anambah
Bolwarra House - Old Bolwarra
The Barn - Old Bolwarra
Andrews Garden - Bolwarra Heights
Russ Garden - Largs

Entry to individual gardens available at their front gates. Free entry for children under 14.

21/09/2019 To 22/09/2019
LWT: FLED: A STORY OF MARY BRYANT - MEG KENEALLY

After publishing four books with her famous father, Meg Keneally debuts her first solo novel in 2019. Fled is based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant and her harrowing journey in search of love, justice and freedom.
Meg is also the co-author of the Montsarrat colonial crime series along with father Tom Keneally, author of the Booker Prize winning Schindler's Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

Thu 26 Sep
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Bread and Water Cafe
$25

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


26/09/2019 6:00 PM
KIDS LOCKDOWN

After a sold out event last year, Kids Lockdown sleepover is coming back! It’s a great opportunity for children and their parents to experience a sleepover at Maitland Gaol.

Arriving at 8.30pm everyone will have the opportunity to check out their cell for the night before going on a family friendly guided torchlight tour of the site. Once the tour has finished, join us in the visitors centre for some fun games, prize giveaways and snacks before everyone bunks into their cell for the night.

From 7.00am the following day, a light breakfast will be offered to help everyone wake up and fill their bellies before leaving the site.

This activity is available for children aged 8 – 15 years. An accompanying adult must be in attendance.  Appropriate clothing should be worn, BYO torch, bedding, camera, food/drink and toiletries. Alcohol is not permitted.

 



5/10/2019 8:30 PM
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Arsenic and Old Lace

by Joseph Kesselring

Director - Colin Delaney

October 9 to 27

“You see, insanity runs in my family.  It practically gallops.”

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job as a drama critic at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.

Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene - his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt - but his world is turned upside down when he realises that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years!

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé - all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace is an audience favourite.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

*Opening Night: Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9 October to help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices: Tickets: $25 (full); $20(concession); Group Concessions 10+: $20; Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm: October - Wednesday 9, Friday 11, 18 and 25, Saturday 12, 19 and 26

Matinees at 2:00pm: October - Sunday 20 and 27

Doors open 30 minutes before performances*

9/10/2019 To 27/10/2019
LWT: SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS

Live streamed from the Sydney Opera House, there’ll be eight seasons in one day when Vivaldi’s famous Four meet the tango rhythms of Piazzolla’s year in Buenos Aires.

Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is virtuoso soloist in Vivaldi’s dazzlingly imaginative evocation of the sights, sounds and sensations of the Italian seasons. The Four Seasons violin concertos are so richly detailed you can feel the sirocco of summer, hear the dancing villagers of Autumn and slip on the ice of a Venetian winter.

10/10/2019 6:30 PM
LWT: THE WELLNESS PUZZLE
The Wellness Puzzle helps you to make order out of the chaos of your life. Join author Andrew Jobling at this free event and learn how to take control of your wellbeing one step at a time.

Monday 14 October
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Maitland Library
Free
14/10/2019 1:30 PM
LWT: PLANETARY HEALING

Could the world become uninhabitable – a dystopia of insufferable heat, resilient diseases and major climate catastrophes – or can we clean up our act for the future of the planet?

Planetary healing is an integrated approach to re-establishing a harmonious relationship to the Earth. We all have the potential to become active participants in determining the future of our planet.

When we gain control of our health, mental wholeness and wellbeing, we recover our inner balance and can reconnect with the Earth and with others to live a more harmonious and sustainable life.

Thu 17 Oct
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Rutherford Library
Free

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


17/10/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: FOR ART'S SAKE

Maitland is home to an exciting art scene and an eclectic mix of galleries and studios.  Get an insight into the stories behind this cultural movement as we talk to those who have a passion for promoting art and culture in Maitland.

Thu 24 Oct
Location to be advised
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Free

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


24/10/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: THE TATTOOISTS TALE - HEATHER MORRIS

Based on an incredible true story, Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the amazing tale of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.  An extraordinary tale of survival, love and the extremes of human behaviour set in the horrific world of the Holocaust, the story arose from three years of conversations between Morris and Sokolov.
Originally written as a screen play The Tattooist of Auschwitz  is Heather Morris' debut novel. Heather’s second novel, Cilka's Journey, based on one of the characters from The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is due to be published in November 2019.


Thursday 14 November
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre
$25

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


14/11/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: PHILOSOPHY FOR MAITLAND

When French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said the strength of free peoples resides in the local community, what did he mean?

Hunter Valley Socratic Society turn the philosophic lens on Maitland -traversing the expanse of our cultural heritage  to examine community attitudes and expectations and how these may have changed over time.

Celebrating the enduring value of philosophy in our lives, both as an inspiring discipline but also as an everyday practice.

Thu 21 Nov
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Gaol Auditorium
Free

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21/11/2019 6:00 PM