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Murder Mystery in Bournemouth QQQQ

Bournemouth, England

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  • Cumberland Hotel
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There’s no mystery about why you should pick from our series of murder-themed short breaks at the locally rated Cumberland Hotel (4Q). The art deco jewel on Bournemouth’s famous East Cliff is the perfect backdrop for a grand adventure, during which you might find yourself transported to a leafy English village church hall or even a secret agent’s safe house. Be prepared to leave your reality at the door, suspend your disbelief and embrace the magical mystery which unfolds around you over the space of three days...


  • Expert Host
  • Saga Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Cancellation rights

Plus, this hotel features:

  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • An immersive two-day mystery experience

Excursions and visits:

  • Christchurch and Highcliffe Castle (full day)
  • Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum (half day)


The Cumberland Hotel, 27 E Overcliff Dr, Bournemouth BH1 3AF


Positioned on the Bournemouth's East Cliff commanding stunning sea views of the ocean and offering superb dining and entertainment The Cumberland Hotel is the perfect spot for a relaxing break.


The hotel has 107 guest bedrooms, many with sea views, balconies and terraces. Saga guests stay in Comfort Double rooms while solo travellers will be in Comfort Singles rooms.

Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

Breakfast and dinner will be served at the Mirabelle Restaurant, while the hotels Ventana Grand Café is an awarding winning brasserie and bar, serving cocktails, premium beers and coffee (advanced booking for dining is recommended). Afternoon tea is served in the Ventana for an extra charge.


Guests have access to activities and entertainment at the neighbouring Suncliff Hotel.

Other Hotel Information

Guests can also use the indoor pool, sauna, gym, dance studio and two squash courts located next door in the sister hotel, The Suncliff. Car parking is available at the hotel for an extra charge.

The art deco exterior of the Cumberland Hotel
A double room with sea views and balcony
Enjoy the creature comforts of the Del Mar Lounge
The Cumberland’s outdoor pool


The History of the Murder Mystery

The murder mystery genre is believed to have been born in the first half of the 19th century however it was not until 1935 that the first popular game was launched, known as Jury Box. That game followed a very different premise to the murder mysteries of today, with the players taking the roll of jurors and listening to evidence presented by the prosecutor and defendant, plus crime scene photos before casting their vote for a verdict on a ballot paper. The first murder mystery board game, Cluedo of course, was not released until 1948, but once again the game differs vastly from the modern, interactive dinner party mysteries which became popular in the 1980s, with the first big hit in the genre simply titled Mafia. At immersive events the leading roles are played by actors who commit scripts to memory and know all aspects of the particular case. Guests generally take on the role of detective with a view to deducing the culprit and solving the mystery over the course of two or three sessions.

Murder Mystery Dates

March 16, 2020 – Deadly Developments

The ruthless property developer Charleston Dance has plans to develop Bournemouth’s East Cliff, which will involve the demolition of many of its much loved buildings.  Local residents have formed an action group and arranged a meeting seeking assurances the area will not become a theme park, but tragedy strikes!

October 12, 2020 – The Body on the Beach

An unidentified body has been found on the beach with no teeth or fingerprints. Four local people are missing, and it could be any of them. One is a blackmailer, another a gambler while another is involved in a theft and the last is an underworld informer. Before we find the murderer we need to find out who the victim is...

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Murder Mystery in Bournemouth QQQQ

Bournemouth, England

from £399 per person 4 2
Prices from
£399 per person
4 2