Join one of our intriguing steam hauled murder mystery dining trains here at the Watercress Line. The Police don't have a clue, do you?
FARES & MENUS
£80.00 per person (tables must be booked per table of 2 or 4). Each couple will receive a complimentary bottle of wine with their meal.
The Curse of Wyvern House - Saturday 28th March
The date is the 16th November 1924. Wyvern House is set deep in the English countryside. It is owned by Sir Richard Wyvern, a descendent of the original Wyvern family who were granted the right to build on the plot by Elizabeth I.
There is said to be a curse that strikes down the new brides of the family’s oldest sons. It is said to have originated with the wife of the original owner of the house, who turned Black Molly, a scullery maid, out of the house when she was found to be pregnant. Having received the news in the Pink Parlour, Molly, blinded by tears, ran from the room and fell to her death down the stairs. As she lay dying, she cursed the Wyvern family for all eternity. Over the 400 years of the house’s existence, several newly married Wyvern women have died both in childbirth and more mysteriously, mostly in falling accidents. It is also said that when a bride-to-be comes to the house, Black Molly haunts the Pink Parlour where she was originally denounced. Sir Richard is in love with the lovely Alice Grey, a society beauty. She has refused to marry him if he insists on living in the old family home, as she is afraid of the curse. However, she has agreed that she will do so if he can prove the house is not haunted and that the curse does not exist.
Sir Richard decides to engage the services of a wellknown clairvoyant, Esme Cridge to spend the night in the house, along with several witnesses, Grace Campbell, a middle-aged unmarried librarian with an interest in the occult, Rupert Green, a young journalist, Marcus Townsend, an ex-explorer, antiques dealer and occasional con-man, Mrs MacAllister, the dour housekeeper, for whom he has advertised in the local paper. On a stormy night in November, his guests assemble for the occasion.
ITINERARY6.30pm - Guests arrive for pre-dinner drinks in the Old Goods Shed on the platform, Alresford Station
6.50pm - Guests are invited to take their seats by our MC who will give an introduction to the evening ahead.
7pm - The events leading up to and including the dastardly crime!!!
7.20pm - Guests join the train
7.25pm - The train departs Alresford station and your three course meal is served. During the course of the meal the actors will mingle amongst you to be cross examined - try out your crime busting abilities to identify the murderer.
10.30pm - Return to Alresford station. You will be asked to take your seats back in the theatre in the Old Goods Shed. There you will witness the gripping conclusion and the winning team or teams will be announced.
11pm - The evening draws to a close.
All of our dining trains are advance booking only. As these trains are immensely popular we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Due to the fixed seating layout bookings are made per complete table of two or table of four.
Bookings can only be made with full payment.
Prices include train fare and meal but exclude drinks. Wines, spirits, beer and soft drinks are available from the wine waiting staff at extra cost. Diners may bring their own wine and champagne but will be charged corkage per bottle at:£7 wine/£10 champagne/£15 wine box.
To assist our staff in making the most of your visit, please indicate at the end of the booking if there is a special celebration and provide us with the name of the person or persons for whom this is a special occasion.
Menus and Dietary Requirements
All of our dining trains have a fixed menu which will be available on the website for each particular date. If you require the vegetarian option this must be ordered in advance. To avoid embarrassment on the day, please give details at least one week prior if any member of your party has any special dietary requirements or allergies that require a different meal to be provided, eg: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, no nuts, no red meat, no mushrooms, no shellfish, etc. Please note that it is impossible for us to provide an alternative to the fixed menu if we are only advised on the day.
Evening dining trains depart Alresford Station at 7.30pm sharp returning to Alresford Station approximately 10.45pm unless otherwise stated.
Meals are served during two round trips on the line. Please allow good time to park and arrive at Alresford station prior to your departure.
All of our dining trains have a smart dress code – shirts and jackets for the gentlemen, dresses or smart trousers for the ladies. Strictly no jeans or trainers please.
We regret that there can be no refund for ‘no show’ customers. Cancellations notified in writing, at least four weeks before the booked date will be refunded less a £10 admin fee; shorter notice cancellations are not entitled to a refund but the company will try to re-sell the tickets. If a purchaser is found then the cost, less an administration charge of £10 per person, will be refunded.
Due to the internal dimensions of our heritage dining coaches, physically disabled persons can only be accommodated if they are not confined to a wheelchair.
On Murder Mystery dining trains we have a minimum age of 16.
Whilst every effort is made to haul the dining trains by steam locomotive and use the coaches as described, there may be the need to use diesel power and/or alternative coaching stock subject to necessity. The company reserves the right to make such changes for whatever reason and without prior notice being given.