Solve the clues on a 3 course evening dining train! The scene is set at the station, then armed with your clues you can interrogate the suspects whilst enjoying your meal onboard a steam train. The evening concludes back at the station where the murderer is revealed. The Police don't have a clue, do you?
The Murder Mystery dining train operates on select Saturday evenings. The evening starts at 6.30pm and finishes at approx 11pm. There is a minimum age of 16 and a smart dress code.
Train fare and meal only £80 per person, including a complimentary bottle of wine per couple.
Advance booking only, booked per table of two or four.
Please see below for menus and Murder Mystery scenarios
30th April - A Death on the Ocean Waves
An invitation aboard the new luxury flagship of the fleet, S. S. Ocean Wave, is the hottest ticket of 1925. Under the command of the senior Captain of the line, Horatio Mainbrace, there are celebrity chefs and an internationally acclaimed orchestra to honour the presence of the Chairman of the Board, Lord Anossis. One could easily get used to a cosseted life on the Ocean Wave. But on the other hand one could have such an opportunity terminated…. "suddenly and violently!"
29th October - A Shot in the Dark
Welcome to the 1930’s where this dastardly murder will keep you guessing until the end. Events unfold on the wonderful Darling Estate. Join an assortment of guests as they prepare for tomorrows big shoot and look forward to their evening meal. Who will die and how? With so many weapons being polished anything could happen! Try to solve this cunning murder mystery and find out for yourself!
10th December - It's Murder at Christmas
This festive murder will keep your little grey cells ticking over until the end. Solve the mystery of who dispatched the victim and how and why they did it? Cross-examine the surviving suspects, inspect the clues and carry out other detective tasks. Poirot, Marple and Holmes could solve it, but can you?
6.30pm - Guests arrive for pre-dinner drinks in the Buffet on the platform, Alresford Station
6.50pm - Guests to be seated in the Old Goods Shed prior to an introduction to the evening by our MC.
7pm - The events leading up to and including the dastardly crime!!!
7.20pm - Guests join the train
7.20pm - 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:£10 wine/£15 champagne/£20 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.
Murder Mystery evenings start at 6.30pm. The dining train departs Alresford Station at 7.20pm 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 the start of the evening.
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.