Murder on the Lakeland fells

THERE will be murder on the Lakeland fells this autumn, and guests at a Rydal hotel will be helping to solve it.

A murder mystery weekend will be staged at the Rydal Lodge County House B&B near Ambleside in November.  But there are no actors involved. Guests will be playing character parts for the entire weekend until the murderer is revealed on the Sunday.

Nearby Rydal cave: could this be where the murderer is found?

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

“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.”

Helena Tendall: writing murder plots

It’s an elaborate plot, 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.

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 Acts 3 and 4 will be revealed.

Secret gate at Rydal Lodge garden: follow the clues

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

The event will be staged over the weekend of Nov 4 – 6, and the price includes the murder mystery, all meals, and two nights b&b. For details see Themed Weekend Breaks (; for more information and to book, email or call 015394 33208.

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