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?
3 May - A Murder In Writing
The year is 1935. Welcome to Beauchamp Manor; the family home of Lord Thomas Beauchamp and his two younger brothers, Maurice and Sebastian. Sebastian has recently returned following nearly fifteen years in the United States. Maurice has found Sebastian to be less agreeable than he remembers and consequently the two men are constantly arguing. Eliza and her twin sister Delia Darling have both been at the Manor since their teens. Eliza has worked her way up to the position of housekeeper and Delia as cook. Alice Wood, the maid has been at the Manor since birth; she is a simple soul but good-hearted and is confused easily. The household is preparing for a Masquerade Ball and we join the family as they await their first guest of the weekend – Laurie Elliot – an American biographer.
Who will live, who will die and who will solve the crime?
Could it be you?
1 November - Death By Murder
With all the atmosphere of the roaring 1920’s this dastardly murder will keep you guessing until the end. Events unfold in the reception/lounge area of the five-star Ultimate Demise Hotel. Join an assortment of guests as they relax over pre-dinner drinks and look forward to their evening meal. Will it be Death by Chocolate or something even more diabolical?
Try to solve this cunning murder mystery and find out for yourself!
The Police don’t have a clue, do you?
13 December - Christmas Can Be Murder
Hidden deep in the cellars of a building there lies a hidden metal box containing the secret of Christmas past, present and future. It is said that if any mortal learns the secret in the box they will receive powers beyond anyone's wildest dream. The box is guarded by an array of characters the leader being a large and portly gentleman with rounded belly and long white beard and we're sure you'll recognise the other festive protectors of the secret. The time is just before midnight on Christmas Eve and events which lead up to a dastardly murder will unfold in this very special place. Will the secret of Christmas remain safe?
Who will die, who did it, how and why?
Will you discover the secret of Christmas Past, Present and Future?
More importantly will there be enough Mince Pies to go around!
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.
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6.30pm - 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 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.