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Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery Dinner Train Experience - £80.00pp - Departing at 18:30 Book Now

Churnet Valley Railway and Murders by Midnight formally invite you to attend two new adventures for 2024.

This Summer, join Churnet Valley Railways on selected Saturdays in June through August as we step back in time step back in time, right into the shoes of history’s most famous and beloved detectives. Live out your inner Holmes, Clouseau, or Drew as you spend the evening dining on fine food, fine drink, and, most importantly, solving the mystery ...

With two uniquely crafted mysteries to crack, you’ll need every ounce of cunning you have to pick up subtle hints in the story, interview suspicious-looking characters to discover the truth, and search our vintage restored steam train for clues.

Immerse yourself in stories set in either 1911, where you board our train in a race against time to find the missing Joseph Owens Diamonds at Mrs Fothergill’s Literary Symposium; or fast forward to the late 60s and it’s up to you to investigate the suspicious passing of Lord Rags, the illustrious founder of Twinkle and Shine Cleaning Company.

Churnet Valley’s Murder Mystery Train Experience is a perfect group activity, where friends and colleagues bond around a fantastic 3-course meal freshly prepared onboard our dining train, taking in the beauty of Staffordshire at dusk. At around 2 hours in length, our Murder Mysteries are perfect for groups looking to try something new. We invite our guests to dress for their year of departure, but this is optional.


Mrs Fothergill’s Literary Symposium, 1911: June 8th, July 6th, and August 17th.

Lord Rags’ Passing, circa 1969: June 22nd, July 27th, and August 24th and 25th.

Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable murder mystery train dining experience. ‘Table for 2’ vouchers can be bought here.

Due to the nature of the heritage kitchen coach we are only able to accommodate a gluten free and vegetarian option.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer vegan, dairy free, nut free products, halal meat and any other dietary requirements.

Please make sure to list if there are any gluten free or vegetarian passengers in your party in the special instructions.

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We encourage our guests to dress up for the experience; however, this is entirely optional.

We would like to remind all passengers that this can be a once-in-a lifetime experience for some of our guests and that some passengers may be celebrating special occasions.

We politely ask that all guests remain mindful of others during their visit.

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Due to the nature of our coaches you may be sat with other people at a table of 4 . Only those with the correct voucher will be guaranteed a table of 2

Vouchers can be bought from

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Our well-stocked bar is open for all our dining experiences. You're also welcome to pre-order your drinks to have them waiting for you at your table on arrival. Drinks are priced individually and are not included in the ticket price.

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Unfortunately, our dining train coaches are not accessible by wheelchair due to their heritage design.

Clients with limited mobility are welcome to call our booking office to notify us of your requirements. We will do our best to accommodate you at a table nearest to the entrance.

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There are customer toilets on board the dining train.

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While our other dining experiences are open to well-behaved children as young as 8, our Murder Mystery Dinner Trains are not child-friendly.

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Dogs are NOT permitted on the dining coach with the exception of Service Dogs.

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There is free parking at Froghall Station with limited Disabled Parking.

We advise that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure.

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If you are in possession of a voucher then please call the booking office to book your table. If you would like to purchase one please go to

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Yes. Please visit to view our full range of dining experiences for two or to purchase a voucher.

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