Murder and horror at the museum….

Published Monday, 12th October 2015

This autumn the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle will be holding two evening events for adults, 'Horror at Hartlebury' (Oct 30) and two Murder Mystery nights (November 14 & 21).


'Horror at Hartlebury' (Friday October 30, 7pm) is part of the national MUSEUMS AT NIGHT initiative. Visitors will be suitably spooked by professional actor Jonathan Darby reading aloud spine chilling tales from Edgar Allan Poe and other authors, in the elegant surroundings of the Georgian Saloon. Jonathan regularly performs at the Swan Theatre in Worcester and earlier this year performed Shakespeare at the Commandery.

Our October event will be swiftly followed by two evenings of Murder Mystery in November. The title of this year's event will be 'Stayin' Alive?' and will be set in the summer of 1977. Glam rock is over, punk rock is just beginning and disco rules, but in sleepy Hartlebury everyone’s mind is on the forth-coming party to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Well, almost everyone's…Is there something odd in the cucumber sandwiches?  Was that a firework or a gun shot?  And when it’s time to cut the cake, where’s the knife gone?

The museum has run Murder Mysteries in November for a number of years and tickets sell quickly, but a small number of tickets still remain for the two Saturday performances, 14 & 21 November (6.30-10pm). The event takes place in the magnificent medieval Great Hall of Hartlebury Castle. Tickets include a tasty, home cooked three course meal and guests are encouraged to dress in 1970s 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.

Pippa Ashmore, Events Manager, said: “Our Murder evenings are always hugely popular and the 1970s theme should be a great one this year. We also believe that adults should have an opportunity to join in the Halloween fun too so we are very pleased to be able to offer our new 'Horror at Hartlebury' evening for fans of the work of Edgar Allan Poe.'


Tickets for Horror at Hartlebury cost £9 and for Murder Mystery £36.50, both must be pre-booked on 01299 250416 (please note both events are for over 16s only).


To find out more call the museum 01299 250416 or visit