You really can involve everyone in murder mystery parties.

There is no reason anyone need be left out during murder mystery parties, no matter how young or how old they are.

As well as activity packs for children, we’ve been known to assist when it comes to dyslexic readers, partially sighted and those who are hard of hearing too – providing more information within booklets to avoid the “CD listening” problem, enlarging the print, simplifying the language, putting text into 1st person and even providing booklets in MSword to allow it to run through a braille typewriter.

Jo Smedley, Managing Director of the firm used to work full time as an Occupational Therapist – which means she has a long history of working with people with various disabilities trying to make them as independent as possible.  This core skill means she is always willing to be flexible and try and accommodate the needs of all our customers as much as we can, and she’s often available to chat through individual needs for event management or private parties to ensure the game materials are suitable for the people taking part.

With the ability to custom write games to order, it’s possible to create roles that everyone can enjoy whatever their age and ability.  But if you haven’t the money for a custom written game, Jo understands the games so well, she can often provide helpful ideas to enable you to find the right kit and even adapt kits yourself to get the best fit for the budget you have available.

While we work with people of all ages, it’s often children that prove the most challenging to integrate into murder mystery games due to their limited attention spans and varying reading abilities.

Fortunately there are numerous ways to involve children in dinner parties and they need never feel left out.  We did a post towards Christmas last year explaining how to involve the children in the actual game play and you’ll find that here .  So there’s no point “reinventing the wheel” – just click through to that blog post to find out more.

In addition to our ideas,  we’ve been asked by our customers every year for children’s activity packs to keep the youngsters entertained at the dinner table while the adults are playing a dinner party.  Up until now these have always been custom produced to order, but this year, we’ve finally had the chance to create a standard activity pack and it’s already proving popular with children and adults alike.

The activity pack is designed to be suitable for varying age ranges, with activities ranging from spot the difference and dot to dot challenges, to wordsearches and drawing, as well as some decoding exercises for the older children to get their teeth into.

The activity pack starts at just £1 to download, but you can also ask for a printed copy which includes our popular fingerprint kit; which is both fun and educational.  You can find more about it here.

So with Christmas fast approaching again this year – don’t worry about how you’re going to find a game suitable for Aunt Enid and Tiny Tom.  Just get in touch and we can direct you to the most suitable games and give you some ideas to make the party suitable and enjoyable for all.

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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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