Events for small numbers?

We’re often asked to host events for small numbers of guests.  While it might seem unlikely you’d want an event management team when you only have between 12 and 25 people at an event, we can and regularly do provide event management services for these sizes of group.

“But why not run a standard dinner party?” I hear you ask.

Well, yes, we do often advise that very thing in the first instance for this size of group as the costs are much higher having the event managed than running it yourself, but more importantly what do you gain?

If you have us involved in the event management you actually gain several things.  The most important being peace of mind.  We know exactly what we’re doing.  If  you suddenly gain or lose guests, we can often make running tweaks on the actual night of the party to ensure it still goes off without a hitch.

In terms of what else we can offer for small group event management… it’s easier to provide you with a list of things we’ve done in the past for clients because we write and design events in-house and it’s rare that our bespoke event management services are exactly the same from group to group.  We treat each event individually, but to give you a flavour, these are the sorts of things we’ve done in the past:

  • Provided a REAL dead body (well, someone pretending to be dead or a mannequin depending on the audience!)
  • Rearranged the dinner party game to involve some clue hunting around the property before or during the meal.
  • Rearranged the suspect list to ensure everyone is playing the correct genders.
  • Rearranged the game to relocated it to the property they are playing in.  Providing the right references in the game materials to the house  in question.
  • Provided a screaming introduction to the murder
  • Written in scenes for guests to act out
  •  Added in a “body finding” introduction with an actor playing the maid who finds the body first (before she changes and comes back as inspector!)
  • Extra evidence related to the case to track down and examine.
  • Live action role play from the actor(s) to allow different questions to be asked.
  • Tailored the plot so that it runs to time, and fits around the menu plans.
  • Provided accessories and dressing up box for all taking part.
  • Created an entirely bespoke event with more in depth role playing for guests, and “secret objectives” e.g. stealing a painting to achieve.
  • Added in videos, team building activities, and forensic themed activities.

What does all this cost?  Well, it’s certainly more than just downloading a bit of DIY fun, and costs very much depend on what you need us to do, but if you are needing something really special for your party and your numbers are small, this may be another option for you.

When you have small numbers of guests, you don’t always want lots of actors as you don’t want to feel “outnumbered”.  Which means we achieve all of the above with just 1 or 2 actors/facilitators on the day.

Despite the small sized groups these events are actually sometimes more work than our large ones and we don’t undertake any lightly, however the costs may not be as prohibitive as you might think, coming in at £100 a head or less depending on the numbers involved.

Feedback from clients who’ve had bespoke murder mystery nights like this in the past have all be incredibly positive.  One group recently had an entire week of activities arranged for them, including many traditionally “expensive” outdoor activities.  According to their hosts, the highlight of their week in the UK, and the thing they fed back they enjoyed the most was not playing polo for the first time, but our murder mystery evening!  High praise indeed!

So do get in touch if you would like us to support your next special event.  As each murder mystery experience is usually bespoke, we have only a few facilitators available who can provide this unique service, which means dates are restricted.  Just contact us to arrange a quote.


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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  


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