Murder Mystery in Bournemouth
- Murder Mystery
Embrace your inner detective and try to uncover the identity of the murderer!
- Cumberland Hotel
Your hotel is situated in the heart of Bournemouth’s East Cliff.
- Explore Bournemouth
Explore this seaside town, known for its beautiful parks, seafront and chines.
- No fly
- Half board
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.
Outdoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool
Bournemouth is located on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty and features fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, including Langtry Manor House built by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
The town has many museums, perhaps the most striking of which is The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in East Cliff. Set in an unusual Victorian garden, it exhibits a fantastic display of pictures, 17th to 20th-century oil paintings, oriental treasures and furniture.
Bournemouth also has 2,000 acres of parks and gardens and you can stroll from the town centre to the seafront through the Central and Lower Gardens without crossing a single road!
The New Forest, rolling Dorset hills and stunning Jurassic Coast are also only a short distance away: There's the pretty Boscombe area with its pier, Victorian arcade, antiques market, beautiful parks and fine sandy beaches; the tranquil seafront of Southbourne that boasts a splendid sandy beach and Christchurch – five miles away – is a charming town with a magnificent 11th-century Priory Church.
The area's other attractions include the country estate of Kingston Lacy and the scenic remains of Corfe Castle.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Explore this unique Victorian seaside villa which has been crammed with art and artefacts. In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. They filled the lavish villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting. Wander the house, the series of specially built galleries and the impressive gardens too.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Christchurch and Highcliffe
This excursion includes a visit to Highcliffe Castle with its dramatic clifftop setting. Built between 1831 and 1835 in a Gothic Revival style, the castle was once lavishly furnished, until it was ravaged by a fire which reduced it to roofless ruins and for two decades between the 1970s-1980s its only visitors were white doves. After visiting the castle you’ll enjoy an afternoon exploring Christchurch independently.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
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...
Further information can be found from Organise Events at www.murder-mystery.co.uk