Murder, Mystery, Fun, and Intrigue!15 June
Morse or Miss Marple could do it. Can you?
Why not join us for an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem as our professional actors from The Company Upfront present a new plot for 2019.
We take you on a leisurely tour of the entire line from Epping Forest to Ongar whilst you enjoy a meal as you question possible culprits! Please feel free to 'dress to impress' - the possibilities for some serious dressing up are endless.
Hi de Die - Murder at Bertie Bantam's Holiday Camp
The year is 1965 and you find yourself in the nest of vipers that is ‘Bantam’s Holiday Camp’.
“Bantam’s opened in the late forties when holiday camps were all the rage after the war. It did well for the first few years, but now it’s seedy in the extreme. Blustering Bertie Bantam, an ex-WWII Sargeant Major, is trying to breathe new life into his business and has employed for the new season veteran comedian Vince Grocock, who has managed to scratch a living in clubs since being invalided out of the army. You will also meet Frank Vernon who is one of the camp’s “Greencoats”. Another staff member is the ambitious Muriel Spanks – can she ditch her job as a cleaner and join the entertainment team? Lastly is curmudgeonly Wally Freemantle, the caretaker and handyman. Also holidaying at the camp are warring grandmothers Eileen Slightly and Verity Scarfe, both of whom are competing for the affections of 12-year-old Kevin, their mutual grandson.
Who will live, who will die and who will have the knobbliest knees?
To find out the answer to all these questions you’ll need to try to solve, Hi De Die!!!!
The event starts at North Weald from 6.30 pm where you are invited to join our cast of characters for a complementary aperitif around the station and platform areas. At around 7pm you are asked to join the characters and the murder will take place. The train will then be ready to board, you will find your reserved seats on the train and your starter will be waiting ready for you to eat. Your detective packs will be set out at your tables too. Drinks during your journey are served from our onboard Flag & Whistle Bar. Cash is preferred.
The train leaves for Epping Forest at 7.30pm prompt. Main courses are served during a longer stop at Ongar Station from 8.15pm. During the evening the characters will make their way through the train and offer opportunities for questioning and cross-examinination. From the information and mis-information they give you - are the people on your table smart enough to solve the crime. There's only one way to find out! The winning party will receive a bottle of wine!
The menu is as below. We can take account of any dietary requirements so long as you let us know.
- Starter: sharing platter with selection of continental meats, olives, vine tomatoes, leaf salad and vegetarian options, served with a dinner roll.
- Main: Beef Bourguignon with herby cobbler topping served with new potatoes & seasonal vegetables, or vegetarian casserole.
- Dessert: Lemon Cheesecake served with fresh cream, or fruit salad.
All seats are reserved on this train and come in groups of 4. We won't split up a group that is 4 or fewer people, but the layout of train means that it is inevitable that a group of 5, 6 or more cannot sit at the same table. In some instances you may need to share your table with people from a different party. If you would like to sit with a group that has made a booking under a different name then please send an email to email@example.com.
Fares for this year are £65 per person. Just to remind you, this includes:
- Aperitif on arrival at North Weald
- Professional Murder Mystery experience provided by The Company Upfront
- Three course meal followed by tea or coffee
- All train travel between North Weald, Ongar and Epping Forest
- Free parking at North Weald Station
We think it all adds up to a fantastic night out!
We are also offering a murder mystery evening on 21 September.
Looking to book a large group? Let us know - we can reserve space for you all to sit close together and in some cases can offer a small discount. Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Tickets now on sale!