Elaborate plots, professional actors and the chance to play detective.
Forget Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum. The murder-mystery weekends run by Joy Smith are in a different league, with elaborate plots, professional actors – and rather swanky hotels to stay in. These were the first (and original) macabre mini-breaks, set up by Joy way back in 1981, and as far as we’re concerned, no one tops them. They take place at various swish venues around the country, but one of our favourites is Ettington Chase, near Stratford.
After checking in with a bunch of mates – or just rocking up with randoms – you’ll enjoy a cocktail party and lavish dinner in the sumptuous surroundings. Don’t get too comfy, though, because at some point a scream will ring out, signifying that a dastardly deed has been committed – and it’s up to you to solve the crime. You’ll need your wits about you, because it won’t be the only murder that happens over the weekend. Actors stay in character the whole time and you’re encouraged to eavesdrop on conversations, follow people and even question them as part of your mission to solve the crime.Of course, when you’re not doing that, you’ve got a whole luxury hotel to explore.
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