Two years ago today, overlooking the stunning caldera in Santorini, Ed and I said ‘I do’ in front of some of our closest friends and family in an intimate ceremony. It was the most magical day, and I would have loved to have returned to the island for our anniversary, but it simply wasn’t feasible due to a lack of funds and Ed now working as a teacher, which means he will pretty much be guaranteed to be working on our anniversary for the foreseeable future. Instead, my mum kindly looked after the children for us so that we could have a one night break away in Brighton to celebrate a few days early.
We had booked a stay at the Old Ship Hotel, which is located right on the seafront in Brighton a few minutes walk from the pier, for their Murder Mystery dinner. As we had spent the day at a race day, we didn’t arrive until fairly late and the hotel’s car park was full, which was a bit annoying as the public one opposite was pricey (although cheaper overnight than during the day when a couple of hours would set you back almost £15!).
The hotel was very lively, it was a hot and sunny late afternoon and there was live music playing outside the bar. It was a great atmosphere. We checked in and went up to our room, which was a large and spacious double with an en-suite and a partial sea-view. I had mentioned on our booking that it was our anniversary, and the hotel had left a lovely handwritten card with some sticks of rock and a little box of chocolates for us, which was such a nice touch and very much appreciated after a long, hot drive.
The hotel was decorated in a nautical style throughout and our room had seaside prints, a fully operational telescope and a shell handle on the bathroom door. The bed was really comfortable and I had to force myself back off of it to get ready for the evening’s entertainment.
We had been told to meet at the bar at 7.30pm, and we headed down a little early to have a drink beforehand. We had wanted to dress up for the evening, as the theme was superheroes, but we hadn’t had time. There was one group in fancy dress, but the rest of the group were all in normal clothing, so we didn’t feel too out of place.
We were greeted by the organisers of Murder 57, the murder mystery company, and led up to a large function room where the rest of the evening would take place. It was set up like a wedding breakfast, with large round tables. The room itself was gorgeous, with incredible high ceilings, a balcony above us and huge chandeliers. It was all extremely majestic and a fantastic setting for the evening.
The scene was set and the actors, who all stayed in character during the night, were introduced to us, along with the back story. Throughout the evening we were provided with evidence on boards set up around the room and encouraged to question the actors as they milled around the room so that we could try and solve the murder along with the detective.
It was great fun and the three course dinner that was served during the evening was tasty. I would definitely recommend for anybody who enjoys watching or playing murder mysteries.
We did find the evening tainted a little by the large group who were in fancy dress. There was a man and woman in the group who were particularly loud and obnoxious and would get involved with the acting and talk/heckle loudly whilst interrogations were going on. It was fairly annoying and I did feel that they should have been asked to leave after they ignored being asked to quieten down several times.
At the end of the night, once everybody had made their guesses as to ‘whodunnit’, the organiser handed out some prizes and made an announcement about our anniversary, presenting us with a box of chocolates – it was so unexpected and really made the night for us.
The next morning we headed to breakfast nice and early and went for a walk along the promenade before doing a bit of shopping.
It was the perfect little break away, and a lovely way to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We were both impressed with the Old Ship Hotel and would stay again. The murder mystery company host events all over the country with different themes and storylines. I am going to look into whether they have any local to us as it was a fun evening and something I am sure our family would enjoy as well.