Lewes Prison Family Support Services

At HMP Lewes Spurgeons run special children's visits, family days, parenting courses for dads in prison and the opportunity for dads to record a story onto a CD for their child. Spurgeons staff (based in the Visitors Centre) and our partner organisations will be on hand before, during and after your visit to offer advice and support.

Due to Covid-19 some services we usually provide have been suspended but we are finding safe ways to keep the communication going between dads and their families. Please contact the Spurgeons team for more information.

Top Tips for Families

Information on supporting a child with a parent in prison

Family Days

Read about our family day activities

''Always welcoming and help me relax before my visit. The staff make me feel at ease.''

''Spurgeons have made the waiting area feel welcoming and treat everyone with dignity and respect.''

''The staff have been brilliant in their support, its lovely to be recognised and remembered on visits.''

Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

The Gov.uk website has put together some frequently asked questions and responses relating to friends and family of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak.

Contact details

Our Spurgeons colleagues would be happy to answer any questions you may have, you can get in touch with us through the following options:

Spurgeons Visitors Centre, HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes. BN7 1EA

07970 638276

Spurgeons staff at HMP Lewes have a Facebook support page and private Facebook support group for families, please contact the team to find out how you can join.

Getting here

By bus: Bus No. 28 and 29 from Brighton stop directly outside the prison.

By train: The nearest station in Lewes. From the station you can take a 5 minute taxi ride to the prison or it is approx. a 25 minute walk. 

By car: From London take the A23, M23, A27 then join the A275. The prison is on your left.


There are two Blue Badge spaces next to the Visitors Centre. You must inform staff that you are parking there and show your badge as well as provide your vehicle registration number.

There is metered parking on the roads outside the prison.

Disabled access

If you have a disability, please let the prison know and they will ensure your visit is held on the lower level.

Visitors leaflet

Download a printable copy of our visitors information leaflet for Lewes Prison Family Services

Safer Custody Team

If you are concerned about someone in HMP Lewes you can contact the Safer Custody Team on the number below.

01273 785 392

Support for families

Spurgeons delivers a variety of activities and programmes to support both fathers in prison and their families.


Offering a Helping Hand

Read our guide to supporting those affected by IPP sentences


StoryBook Dads

Hear about how the StoryBook Dad programme works with fathers in prison


Family days

Our family days are a way for children to connect with their parent in prison


Top Tips for Families

Read our guide to supporting a child with a parent in prison


Further Information

Support services and useful links for families affected by imprisonment


Volunteering at a Spurgeons Prison-Based Family Support service can be a great way to support prisoners and families affected by imprisonment as well as the local community.


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