Murder At The Museum….

Published Thursday, 9th October 2014

Due to demand, Worcestershire's County Museum has decided to offer a third Murder Mystery evening this Autumn.

The museum, inside historic Hartlebury Castle, has run murder mysteries in November for a number of years now, but as more and more visitors are booking a year in advance, another performance has been arranged for Friday, November 14.

The title this year will be 'Downturn Abbey' and the event will be set in November of 1914. It takes place in the medieval great hall of the castle. There are still a few tickets left for the two Saturday performances on November 8 and 15. All performances take place from 6.30-10pm.

Tickets include a home cooked three-course meal and guests are encouraged to dress in period costume and really get into the spirit of the evening.

The murder happens before guests have even settled down to their starters, and in between courses the cast perform more scenes revealing details and clues as the night progresses.

Guests also get an opportunity to question the various suspects before deciding 'who dunnit' and why, and there is a prize for the most accurate guess.

Rachel Robinson, Museum Manager, said: “Our Murder evenings are always hugely popular and we are pleased that this year we are able to offer an extra date. Guests have such a fantastic time on these evenings, enjoying top notch entertainment, a fabulous dinner and a few drinks in the impressive surroundings of the Castle's Great Hall. We see the same guests coming back year after year, and some have even booked private Murder Mysteries for birthday parties and anniversaries, so we know we are offering a quality event."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "The huge popularity of these events reflects the effort and enthusiasm that the staff put into the shows. They are a wonderful way of experiencing the splendour of Hartlebury Castle."

The characters are performed by local professional actors including Claire Worboys from Bewdley who has performed in UK-wide theatre tours as well as TV and film and Jonathan Darby who regularly performs at the Swan Theatre in Worcester and earlier this year played Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Commandery.

Tickets for the event cost £36 including entertainment and meal. Tickets must be pre-booked on 01299 250416. To find out more call the museum or visit

The County Museum is situated off the A449, three miles south of Kidderminster. It is housed within the historic Hartlebury Castle and encompasses a wide collection ranging from toys and domestic toys, to archaeological finds, costume and transport.

The museum is open between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Friday and from 11am until 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £13 for a family ticket.