About the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

The Friends of Erlestoke Prison helps to support offenders with the challenges of resettlement and rehabilitation. We fund projects which:

  • Prepare men for release

  • Help offenders face up to the impact of their crimes

  • Help offenders develop skills which will help them to find employment

  • Bring fathers closer to their partners and children

  • Raise local awareness about the work of the prison

"My life as a Cold War Military Spy" - our next event

Major General Peter Williams will be giving a talk at Dauntsey's School, West Lavington on Friday 23rd March 2018 entitled "My life as a Cold War Military Spy" at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)

Tickets are £15/person for the talk and a welcome drink or £25/person for the talk, a welcome drink and supper.

Tickets are now on sale, available from Devizes Books, Sidmouth Street, Devizes or please email Angela by clicking here for more information or to place your order for tickets.

Christmas Auction

Our Christmas Auction is now closed. Thank you to all those who placed bids and congratulations to all our winners. We hope that you enjoy the items that you successfully won. Thanks to your bids, we raised £4,662 - a great start to 2018!

For all visitors

We are pleased to announce that the portacabin outside the main gate of the prison is now available for use by visitors on visit days. There is a toilet in the portacabin and visitors will now have access to somewhere dry and warm whilst waiting for access into the prison.

For prisoners' families

We run a transport service on visit days, from Devizes bus stops and/or Westbury train station to HMP Erlestoke. To access this service please contact Carol on 07721 932430 with the date and time the lift is required, the number of persons and where you would like to be picked up. Or you can book via email:

We will then let you know if we have a driver available. Drivers are volunteers and will have envelopes in their vehicle for a voluntary donation towards your journey.

If you have a concern about an offender following your visit, please call the prison on the 'Safer Custody' phone number: 01380 814373

Erlestoke House Farm Shop

The Erlestoke House Farm Shop is now closed until Spring 2018 but you can still order products online. [here]

There is an urgent need for a Shop Manager due to the relocation of the current manager. It is a voluntary post and serves a very worthwhile cause. If you are interested or for more information, please ring Janine on 07917691034.

Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

Annual Report 2016/17 published August 2017

Please download and read our 2016/17 annual report which summarises our work throughout the last year and our aspirations for the future. The report is available here

The 2015/16 report is available here

The 2014/15 report is available here.