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Somerset Wedding Murder Mystery on the Grand Pier!

murder-on the pierFriday the 13th (March) saw a Somerset wedding murder mystery take place on the counties most famous seaside landmark, The Grand Pier in Weston super Mare. It hosted it’s second sold out murder mystery evening.

The evening of murder, mystery and mayhem was presented by Somerset based company Murder by Design who this year celebrate 35 years in the murder business!

Guests were invited to dress up and attend the society wedding of the year,that of the
only daughter of Sir Joseph and Lady Helen Ramsbottom, the Rt honourable Daphne Ramsbottom

Daphne is to wed the up and coming British portrait artiste Standon Drew who she met in Paris after her grand tour of Europe.

Although the day started well, by the time guests were served desserts at the wedding breakfast no less then three VIP guests had got their “just desserts” and met horrible deaths !

Fortunately P.C Bailey from Exeter was on hand to investigate and before the wedding evening came to a close was able to apprehend the murderer and ensure the guests safety, that is at least until the next murder mystery to be staged on the Grand Pier, ”The School Reunion” on Friday 18th September 2015.

Beautiful Venues of Bath


Having entertained at some wonderful venues around the UK, this month we have chosen some beautiful venues of Bath to highlight.

Frances Hotel

frances-hotelThis unique and distinctive hotel occupies seven of the original 18th Century townhouses that make up the south side of the centrally located and sought-after address of Queen Square in Bath. Queen Square is the first element in the most important architectural sequence in Bath, which also includes the King’s Circus and the Royal Crescent.

Built between 1728 and 1736, Queen Square was designed by John Wood the Elder (1704-54) who set out to provide an architectural masterpiece for the chic members of society “to assemble together”. The hotel’s seven townhouses are now seamlessly interconnected to house 98 luxurious bedrooms, all individually styled, with many of the Feature Rooms offering four-poster beds and glorious views over the eternally fashionable city of Bath.

Bath Pavilions

bath-pavilionBath Pavilion is a stunning sandstone building that was first opened on 17 September 1910 as The County Skating Rink, when a roller skating craze was sweeping the nation.

Bath City Council bought the building in 1930 and on 28 November the venue was re-opened as a concert hall named The Pavilion by the Mayor of Bath, Alderman Sturge-Cotterell. It has had a wide range of uses in its time – from being an assembly point for aircraft wings during the second world war to holding a civil wedding today.

The Pavilion as a multi-use leisure venue plays host to a large range of events including concerts, exhibitions, dances and corporate, charity and private functions for up to 1,400 people.

The Pavilion is a great venue for music concerts and some of the great names that have played on the stage include Led Zepellin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Adam Faith, the Rolling Stones and Little Richard.

In more recent years the Pavilion has played host to Oasis, Blur, Beautiful South, Levellers, Doves, Streets, Starsailor, The Coral, Supergrass, Jimmy Carr and Lily Allen, to name but a few.



Situated on Orange Grove with views of both Bath Abbey and Pulteneny Bridge, we can be found within the beautiful grade II listed building, The Empire. Built in 1901 by Bath City Architect Major Charles Edward Davis, The Empire is a landmark building in Bath and stands proud in the heart of the city. 

This is a great restaurant for groups and private events; it can seat up to 170 guests.

A Wedding to Die for – on Somerset’s landmark Grand Pier

murder-mystery-dinner-headerTo follow up their debut sold out summer murder mystery evening this historic seaside landmark have now announced two evenings of murder mystery and intrigue for 2015.

Friday’s 13th March and 18th September.

On the 13th March, potential guests are:


Invited to what promises to be the society wedding of the year 1937. The Marriage of, the only daughter of Sir Joseph and Lady Helen have already devoted a lot of time to make sure everything will be perfect for the big day and the distinguished list of invites is being drawn up.

Some of the guests are definately suspicious

With all those likely to attend surely this is going to be a wonderful occasion,what could possmurder-mystery-bookibly go wrong !
Appearances can sometimes be very deceiving !
For your personal invite to this grand event presented by 1st Call Entertainment or for further details please
contact the events team at The Grand Pier, Weston super Mare, Somerset. Telephone (01934) 620 238

Bride Bubbles about not too cheesy wedding band in Cheddar, Somerset

Wedding band-in-CheddarHere is a lovely testimonial form one of our clients from Cheddar, Somerset

Hi Julian and Phil

We can’t begin to tell you just how brilliant your wedding band are! We hired them for our outdoor wedding party which had over 100 guests ranging from small children to great-grannies and the band got everyone dancing. In advance of the event, lead singer Phil took the time to discuss the play list and the band went out of their way to put together two sets which included all of our favourite music, even learning new tracks so that the evening meant even more to us. The band are friendly, punctual, professional, they fit right in to our event – it was like having friends playing for us, which made our party really special. We would definitely recommend the Wonderful Wedding band and are hoping for an excuse in the near future so we can book them again.
Jess & Toby, Cheddar, Somerset