Murder on the Lakeland fells

WHEN there’s a murder on the Lakeland fells, guests at a Lake District hotel  will be stepping in to solve it. But this isn’t the plot of a new thriller. And there are no actors or ilm cameras involved.

Guests at the Rydal Lodge County House B&B near Ambleside will be taking part in an action-packed murder mystery weekend, and they  will be playing character parts for the entire weekend until the murderer is revealed on the Sunday.

Helena Tendall, who runs Rydal Lodge with husband Mark, has created the themed weekends with a gruesome plot where the  fictional owner of a Bowness guest house is found dead in a septic tank.

Rydal cave: could this be the murderer’s hideout?

“No one is above suspicion as dark secrets emerge,” says Helena. “Illicit affairs, fraud, suspect sausages, plots for revenge and drug addiction are all intertwined in the life and death of our victim.”

It’s an elaborate plot in the Weekend to Die For, but Helena has form; she used to run a business called To Die For…Murder Mystery, writing her own plots, and providing every guest with a separate booklet with their script for each scene.

A member of Ambleside Players and a woman of great imagination, Helena’s previous “murders” have included entire days with ramblers searching for clues in the countryside, a poisonous blowfish dropped into a coffee cup, words written in blood on the floor, riddles that provide clues, and a top chef imprisoned for poisoning wedding guests at the Ritz.

The garden at Rydal Lodge

This time, along with clue hunts in the countryside around Rydal, there will also be a pub lunch included, a wine tasting game on arrival, and dinner at Rydal Lodge during which subsequent acts will be revealed,

“It’s great escapist fun, and we have a fantastic location here for our guests to do some sleuthing in the countryside,” says Helena.

For details of the next themed weekend see

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