Murder Mystery Parties for 35 Years!

Murder Pic 1Where Murder Mystery Parties Started…

The dastardly business of Murder Mystery parties has been going on for over 35 years and Murder By Design, one of the oldest exponents in this dark art have remained faithful to the original concept of setting the scene in an altogether more genteel era of the 1920’s and 30’s, such peaceful times, were they not?

Think again! The world was recovering from the Great War and the Fuhrer was already on the rise for a second go; it was a time of espionage, fast money, spurned lovers, gangsters and insurance fraudsters; all of these reasons have been ingeniously woven into the plots and storylines in order to baffle and bemuse all but the seasoned campaigner who has ever attempted to solve ‘whodunnit?’

…just about everything in between including ships, castles, tents and even a Cinema.

Murder Mystery events have been staged in grand country houses and modern high street hotels and just about everything in between including ships, castles, tents and even a Cinema. The public appetite for them has waxed and waned over the last three decades but currently the genre appears to be very much on the up with 1st Call Entertainment, a prominent agent of said events, purporting record enquiries from individuals and corporate bookers alike. There doesn’t appear to be any one geographical area either that favours murder mystery entertainment and most of the major cities London, Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff continue showing strong interest.

We have entertained somewhere approaching 50,000 people throughout our time in the Murder Mystery business

How many people attend these events? Murder By Design estimate, they alone, have entertained somewhere murder-mystery-gun-knifeapproaching 50,000 people throughout their time in the business as the second longest established murder company in the world, so you would hope they have a fairly good idea what they are talking about. Individual events can range from as few as 12 to as many as 250 with the average being around 100 guests. ‘we often see the same faces turn up more than once and so we have to closely monitor the storylines that we perform at a venue to make sure that people get a new one when they come back to see us again’ commented the creative director from Murder By Design.

It will be 50 years next year since Agatha Christie made her own ‘exit stage right’, but the interest in stylish murders and the appeal to attend these quirky, highly entertaining dinners where you can mix fine dining, fine wine and a dead body or two by the time dessert arrives endures, and long may it continue.

A Grand Murder Mystery Wedding at Bristol’s Cadbury House

Become a guest at a Murder Mystery Wedding

cadbury nighttime

1st Call murder mystery have been engaged to present another of their evenings of murder, mystery and intrigue at Bristol’s Doubletree by Hilton’s Cadbury House in Congresbury.

You are invited to a murder mystery dinner party on the 28th August.

Go back in time to 1937 to attend the society wedding of the year.

The right honourable Daphne Ramsbottom is to marry the love of her life the dashing Mr Standon Drew.

Stanton is the up and coming English artist who Daphne met in Paris, while on her grand
tour of Europe.

Her parents Colonel (retired) Sir Joseph Ramsbottom the ex Governor of Bombay and his wife Lady Helen Ramsbottom have devoted a lot of time, effort (not to mention money) to make sure everything will ready for the big day.

Surely this is going to be a wonderful occasion, what could possibly go wrong ?

To find out what transpires be sure to secure your invite to the wedding, contact
Cadbury House.

Bristol Murder Mystery fun for everyone

Bristol Murder Mystery fun is available to anyone who would like to book onto our general public Murder Mysteries.

There are still some tickets remaining to attend an evening of murder, mystery, and mayhem at two exciting South West venues.
1st Call Murder Mystery present our team of actors, who, this year celebrate 35 years in the business of murder !

Bristol Murder Mystery Events

Bristol Murder Mystery Cadbury

Friday 28th August

Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House, near Bristol

You are invited to the society wedding of the year. The Rt. Honourable Daphne Ramsbottom is to marry the love of her life, the up and coming English artist, Stanton Drew.

Surely this is going to be a wonderful occasion what could possibly go wrong ?

For further details visit

Murder grand pier

Friday 18th September

The Grand Pier, Weston super Mare, Somerset

The year is 1937 and you are invited to the Grand School Reunion of Mopton Brayside School.

Things here are not always what they seem. This is a real school for scandal and the night is sure to have a few surprises in store!

For further details visit