We booked a Murder Mystery short break via Groupon. Overall, it was very good.
The event is held in the Conference Centre, not Lydiard House (which is adjacent to the House). That is only relevant if you mistakenly think you will be staying in a Country House.
The Conference Centre would benefit from a paint but you get what you pay for - the rooms are £35/night B&B (per room, not per person) so it is excellent value. And it is rare that a B&B at that price has a swimming pool.
The House's grounds are beautiful.
The company performing the murder mystery - Big Monty Productions - was professional and superb. The actors are very much larger than life. There were no problems hearing what they were saying (very relevant in a murder mystery with a room full of guests).
Many guests dressed to match the theme of the Murder Mystery which adds to the atmosphere.
The three course meal was fine: starter (soup or pate) - good. Main course (chicken or salmon) - fine (not haute cuisine - more like a pub or inexpensive restaurant main course, but absolutely fine). Dessert (cheesecake or fresh fruit salad) - good.
The murder mystery started at 7.30 p.m. There was a significant gap between the starter and main course due to the acting, so bear in mind that you will not receive your main course for a while. I was grateful that I had eaten some fruit before the event.
It finished at shortly after 11 p.m. There was a disco until 1 a.m.
The atmosphere was superb. Overall - well worth it.
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- Also Known As:
- Lydiard House Conference Centre Hotel Swindon
- Lydiard House Conference Centre Swindon, Wiltshire