Murder Mystery Weekend- Harrogate 4* Hotel- Murder by the Book

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Friday 01 March 18:30 - Sunday 03 March

(2 nights)

From £299.00

Listed by Spice London


Due to popular demand we are running another Murder Mystery Weekend. This time set in the twenties for Murder by the Book

It’s 1926. Stanley Baldwin is Prime Minister and Agatha Christie has disappeared. Would-be writer Agatha Collins has booked a stay in the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate to finish her first crime novel but the staff are all convinced she is the other Agatha and one of the hotel guests is about to meet a murky end! This murder has been committed by the book…Agatha Collin’s book. But how has her fictional murder plot come to life?

Optional dress code: 1920’s glamour.

Spice will have their own reserved tables for you to work as a team to decide who the Murderer is on the Saturday Night starting at 7.30 pm with a welcome drink followed by a 3-course Dinner followed by tea or coffee

 What to expect on the evening – 

 You are the detectives and it’s up to you to work out whodunit as Lord Jolyon Jape welcomes everyone to the annual party.

· Talk among yourselves and share your theories 

· There will be case files on the tables with evidence and information for you to look at before the evening’s mystery begins 

· There are clues inside to be opened after each performance when directed 

· There is notepaper inside the case files and pens will be on the table too 

· There will be three performances around you as you enjoy your three-course meal 

· After each performance you will have a chance to question the suspects 

· Only the killer is allowed to lie but sometimes you may need to ask your question twice or in a different way to get the answer you need 

· Be prepared for loud and unexpected noises—this is a murder mystery after all! 

On Sunday after breakfast, we will be heading into Harrogate, which is just a 5-10 minutes walk away for our Treasure Hunt to find who is the Murderer . This plot is set around a wealthy family and a will. See if your team can win the hunt to find out who is the Sweet Murdered?

The Murder mystery company will set up the treasure hunt exclusively for Spice and will be on the treasure hunt throughout as a character in the treasure hunt, assisting and there to deliver clues that might have been missed

• There will be a detective/suspect as well on the trail

• There will be notebooks and pens for the teams

• The clues will be delivered across Harrogate using passcodes to access the webpages and videos

• There will be prizes to be won for the Top Detective, Best Team Name and Furthest From The Truth Solution

• The clues and QR codes will be on a specific website.

• There will be a total of six suspects - two of whom are available and will remain available throughout the event.

• Murder mystery company will put together case files for each team so they have information before they set off including the map with the location of the clues they have previously hidden (20 clues to hide) This promises to be a really immersive and fun experience.


1920s murder mystery


  • Friday Dinner and Disco until 12.30am
  • Free time to explore Harrogate on Saturday
  • Murder Mystery Dinner with Actors on the Saturday
  • Treasure Hunt on the the Sunday around Harrogate after breakfast
  • Optional Sunday Lunch*


Any other food and drink

Car parking £10 per night on site

Harrogate Old Swan Dinner

Location & Itinerary

Friday 1st March 2024

  • 1.15 Betty's Tea room *- see optional event on Spice to book
  • Check in from 3pm- Get settled in and perhaps have a stroll around the grounds
  • 18.30 Meet the Spice group in the bar followed by a 3 course meal
  • Dance the night away at a disco until 12.30am

Saturday 2nd March 2024

  • 9.00--9.30 Meet the group for breakfast- Come along at your leisure
  • 11.00 Optional free stroll 2-3 miles around Valley Gardens with a stop at The Pump Room Museum* and Free Art Gallery
  • Free Time : Explore Harrogate which is only a 10 minute walk away .
  • Why not do a little shopping, try the Turkish spa *or stop for lunch or a drink somewhere.. Hales Bar , 5 mins walk from the hotel is the oldest pub in Harrogate with original working gas lights.
  • 18.30 Meet in the Bar followed by Black Tie Murder Mystery Dinner with Actors
  • Fancy dress in 1920's and 1930's style encouraged

Sunday 3rd March 2024

  • 9.00-9.30 Meet the group for breakfast- Come along at your leisure
  • Check Out 11am
  • 11.00 - Free Treasure Trail to guess who the 2nd murderer is to get all the Money from a Wealthy Family's Will
  • 3.00 Optional Sunday Lunch at Fat Badger * see event on Spice to book
  • 3.15 Optional Betty's Tea room *- see event on Spice to book
  • 17.00 Most travel home - If you would like to book an extra night please do this direct with the hotel or or similar. Just let me now so I can arrange with the hotel for you to keep the same room.

* own expense

Harrogate Old Swan Hotel Exterior

Travel & Stay

Harrogate Old Swan Double room

Surrounded by picturesque lawns and gardens, The Old Swan was once the famous retreat of Agatha Christie. It offers modern rooms with en suite facilities and on-site car parking.

Originally an 18th-century coaching inn, it now features rooms with tea and coffee-making facilities, a TV and trouser press. Some also have a stand-alone bath and views over the garden.

The traditional Swan Lounge and Bar offers a selection of beverages and afternoon teas, while the Wedgewood and Library restaurants serve fresh, locally sourced dishes.

The Old Swan was home to Agatha Christie during her disappearance in 1926, and has since been used as a film set for the 1979 film, Agatha.

In all of the rooms whether you will find everything you need to make for a comfortable stay

  • En-suite Bathroom and toiletries
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat Screen Television with digital channels
  • Desk
  • Telephone
  • Easy Chairs and Coffee Table
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Laundry Service including same day laundry available
  • Hairdryer
  • Room service
  • Free WiFi Access

Getting There

The Old Swan Hotel is just a short walk from Harrogate town centre, the building is 5 minutes’ walk from the famous Betty’s Tearoom and 15 minutes from Harrogate Railway Station.

Direct trains from Leeds and York with limited direct trains from London

Harrogate is just off the A1 and if you are driving you may want to incorporate one of these 6 scenic drives whilst in Yorkshire

The nearest airport is Leeds / Bradford which is just 14 miles away

Availability & Pricing

MALE Member Twin Share pp 2 nights Fri/Sat£299.00Sold Out
Member Double share pp 2 nights Fri/ Sat£299.00Sold Out
Member Twin Share pp 2 nights Fri/Sat£299.00Sold Out
Member Single 2 nights Fri/Sat£325.00Sold Out
Member Double Sole Occ 2 nights Fri/ Sat£375.00Sold Out

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The Old Swan Hotel, Classic Lodges, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK, HG1 2SR
Harrogate old Swan Single room

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Pam Harte

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