Murder Mystery Nights

Nothing works up an appetite like exercising those brain cells. So bring your best detective skills and join us for a night of mystery and murder on one of our stunning heritage steam trains.

If you love Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes – or you just enjoy a brilliant night of entertainment and fine dining – then our Murder Mystery Nights are for you. Hop aboard and pop on your thinking caps, as the award-winning After Dark Entertainment guides you through some serious sleuthing to find out whodunit.

Each murder mystery night features a different theme, a different cast and a different riddle to solve. You’ll enjoy a delectable four course meal as the murder happens, mystery unfolds and the culprit is found, all while our vintage carriages – pulled by a historic steam engine – whisk you up and down the East Lancashire Railway.

An evening of intrigue, investigation and indulgence awaits.

What’s included?

With our Murder Mystery nights, you’ll enjoy:

  • A 2 and three quarter hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
  • Complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine
  • A four course meal followed by tea or coffee and after dinner chocolates
  • Murder Mystery entertainment by the award-winning After Dark Murder Mystery Events

Great British Bump Off

What are the ingredients to the perfect crime? A sprinkle of sinister intentions, a dash of dastardly deeds and some premeditated mischief to taste? Find out for yourself on this devilishly delicious dining experience.

The Austentatious Murder

Dinner parties, elegant balls, scintillating wit and… evil deeds? Did Darcy do it or did Mr Bennet finally snap? Find out on this period drama with a murderous twist!

The Treacherous Terror Train

Is there anything more terrifying than a murder on a ghost train, sitting shoulder to shoulder with complete strangers, knowing that amongst the grinning ghosts and smiling spooks a killer lurks… Dare you climb aboard?

Allo, Allo

Listen very closely, we will say this only once. A murder has been committed at Café René and it is up to you to negotiate the hilarious hijinks and comedic capers to collar the culprit.

Hollywood Homicide

These violent delights have violent ends. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood masks shadowy secrets and murderous intent. Don your tuxedo or your little black dress and enter a sinister and sparkling world, that’s showbiz for you!

Malice in Wonderland

It may have killed the (Cheshire) Cat but things just keep getting curioser and curiouser on this surreal trip down the rabbit hole. Can you keep your head whilst everyone else is losing theirs?

The Great Gatsby

A little party never killed nobody… until now. Mingle with the flappers and gentlemen at this roaring 20’s bash, just keep your wits about you, not everything is as it seems.

An Invitation to Murder

Join an eclectic collection of famous golden age detectives as they investigate the killing of a reclusive author. Everyone is a suspect at this sinister soiree.

Dining With Distinction

2022 Dates

Our Murder Mystery Trains run on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. The evening starts at Bury Bolton Street Station at 6:45pm and finishes at approximately 10:15pm.

An Austentatious Murder
30 July

Invitation to Murder
2 July

Malice in Wonderland
6 August

Great British Bump Off
5 November

Treacherous Terror Train
21 May, 22 October

Allo Allo
4 June

Hollywood Homicide
18 June, 17 September

Gatsby Manor Mystery
27 August, 8 October

2022 Menus

Menus for the 2022 Murder Mystery Diners are available to download below.

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Please note a £1.25 booking fee applies.

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Will our service be steam hauled?

Every effort will be made to ensure that steam locomotives haul our dining services. However, should a steam locomotive be unavailable, the East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to substitute a diesel locomotive without prior notice. We reserve the right to suspend, reschedule or cancel services if operational circumstances or safety make this necessary.

My tickets don't have any details of which table I will be dining at?

We do not guarantee that the seats you book will be the seats you are given on the day. This is because our Dining Train Manager may have to move passengers around to allow us to accommodate those with limited mobility or large groups. However, we do guarantee those booked on a table for two, will be seated on a table for two. Those booked on a table for four, will be seated on a table for four. If you have booked two seats on a table of four, you will be seated next to each other, allowing both parties on the table to benefit from a window seat.

Please advise us if you have booked specific seats due to mobility or have arranged to be seated next to a booking under a different name.

Are children allowed on the diner?

Our evening diners are for ages 16 and over, but children are most welcome on our day time diners, which includes our midweek luncheons, Lancastrian lunches and festive lunches. A child ticket can be chosen at the time of booking and a smaller version of the set menu will be provided. A child ticket children aged 5 to 12, you are more than welcome to bring a child under 5, but they will not get a seat and we cannot provide a high chair due to the layout of the carriage.

Can I bring my own drinks on-board?

The East Lancashire Railway has a selection of reasonably priced drinks on board.

You can bring bottled wine or champagne on board, but there will be a corkage fee of £8.50 per bottle.

Is the Dining Train wheelchair accessible?

All of our Diners depart from Bury Bolton Street Station which has step free access to the platforms. However, we regret that our 1950’s coaches are unable to accommodate wheelchair passengers. We can provide a small ramp during boarding to aid those with limited mobility, but passengers will be required to walk to their seats. Please let us know when making your booking that you require priority seating near the door.

What is the reception drink on board and can I change it?

It is a sparkling Perry, 7.5% alc and can be changed for a fresh orange juice upon request.

Can I bring my dog on board?

No, dogs are not permitted on board, unless it is an assistance dog which you will need to notify us about beforehand.

What is the dress code?

Premium nights are black tie events. We encourage fancy dress for our Murder Mysteries. Trainers, Sportswear and baseball caps are not permitted on evening diners.

We are celebrating a special occasion, what can we do to make it special?

Please let us know in advance so we can ensure our staff are aware of the occasion. You can also chose to purchase some of our dining add-ons which include champagne. These can be bought up to 7 days before the date of your experience.

Can I smoke on board?

No, E-Cigs and cigarettes are not permitted on board.

I cannot eat the set menu, is there an alternative?
  •  We cater for a range of dietary requirements including Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic and Halal (This will be a roast chicken breast.)
  • We also offer the option to select an alternative starter of Melon on all applicable dining experiences (excludes Mid-Week Luncheons and Afternoon Teas) and an alternative dessert of Fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits (Excludes Afternoon Teas.)
  • Vegetarian/Pescetarian – Starters will be as per the standard set menu unless unsuitable, in which case the advertised Vegetarian starter will be provided.
  • All dietary requirements must be selected at the time of booking, or emailed to no later than 7 days before the date of travel.
  • Please note, regretfully we are unable to cater for diabetic, lactose free, dairy free, vegan or pescetarian options on our afternoon tea services.
I need to cancel or rearrange my booking?

In-date Vouchers can be refunded in full, up to a month after the date of purchase, to the person who made the original booking only.

  • Any bookings cancelled OVER 3 weeks before the date of the booked event – 100% refund (minus original booking fee) to original payment method.
  • Any bookings cancelled between 1 week and 3 weeks before the booked event – 100% refund via gift voucher or 75% refund to original payment method (minus original booking fee).
  • Any bookings less than a week but more than 3 days before the booked event – 50% refund via gift voucher (minus original booking fee)

Bookings cancelled less than 3 days prior to the event will not be entitled to any refund.

Refunds may take up to 28 days to process.

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Murder Mystery Night – Adult Ticket

A Murder Mystery Night on the ELR is £79.50 per adult. This includes your meal and your train fare.