Murder mystery weekends

Murder mystery weekends work best if the murder is set appropriately for the venue.  As a  result we write all our murder mystery weekends to order as we recognise that each venue is different.

Should you wish to run an entire murder mystery weekend at your venue, then do contact us and we will arrange to visit your venue for a meeting to discuss what you think will work best for you.

We can do anything from a relaxed 1920s country house style whodunnit, to a modern day CSI weekend with the help of PulseCSI who have the equipment and training to give your guests that real Scene of Crime Officer experience complete with SOCO suits and fingerprint brushes!

Our weekend mysteries usually take this format:


7.30pm Drinks in the bar. Cast mingle and may or may not introduce themselves depending on the plot
7.50pm Dinner . During dinner 2-3 acted scenes are performed by the cast who then also visit each table of guests to allow interrogation.
10.15pm The evening is concluded by the discovery of a new body!


Morning There is no “morning session” as such (most guests want to be at liberty to explore the hotel and surrounding area and rise when they want to!) Instead there will be clues left around the hotel which guests can find at their leisure. There will also be an evidence room available for guests to peruse.
7.30pm Drinks in the bar. Cast mingle and answer questions
8.00pm Dinner. During dinner 2-3 acted scenes are performed by the cast who then also visit each table of guests to allow interrogation.
10.15pm Summing up – guests are asked to provide a solution and then the murderer is revealed and prizes awarded.


As the guests depart the hotel will provide each guest with a “detective certificate” for their superior sleuthing skills that weekend.


To find out more about how our murder mystery weekends could work for you or to request further information, please fill in the contact form below for free help and 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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