Hempstead House Hotel

A Fete Worse than Death

Sunday 1st August 2021

From 3:00pm

Hempstead House Hotel is delighted to announce its first Midsummer Murder in the Gardens of the Hotel.

On Sunday 1st August 2021, we welcome back the Company Upfront with “A Fete Worse than Death”.

Step back in time to the summer of 1956. The summer fête is about to begin. Mrs Robinson’s jam has pre-sold like hotcakes and the hotcakes didn’t turn up! There is already a cue for  ‘Bat The Rat’ and Mrs Davenport has sworn to kill her husband if she catches him tinkering with Jennifer Claytons coconuts again. Roger Smallpiece the new vicar is about to open the fête, the blood curdling cry of ‘Murder’ is heard…..but who is the victim? Who is the murderer?

Priced at £35.00 per adult to include an arrival drink of pimms, bucks fizz or lemonade followed by traditional afternoon tea with unlimited tea or coffee and the murder entertainment, we ask you to become Miss Marple or Poirot and solve the crime!

Children 8 years and over are welcome at £25.

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Guests will be seated on private tables 1m+ apart in the gardens of the hotel of any size from an intimate table for 2 to a party of 10 as per the current outdoor hospitality guidelines.

Guests will be asked to arrive at staggered arrival times between 3pm and 3.30pm to allow for plenty of social distancing where you will be greeted with your choice of reception drink. The Afternoon Tea and entertainment will then commence from 3.30pm.

The “murder” and subsequent investigation will take place during the course of the afternoon with the conclusion and resulting winners being revealed at the end. The afternoon will end at approximately 5.30pm.

To book or for any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01795 428020 or complete the below enquiry form. 


Full pre-payment is required at time of booking. Payments can be made with card details over the phone only. 

At this time of uncertainty, we want you to book with confidence. Therefore please note, that while payments are non-refundable, under the current circumstances, cancellations by yourself received up to the day prior or the hotel will be entitled to a full credit voucher to utilise another time towards any service or alternative event at Hempstead House, valid for a full 12 months from the issue date. Cancellations received within 24 hours of the event will unfortunately result in a full cancellation charge.


We want you to feel as comfortable and as safe as possible. Our utmost priority is that of the safety of you, our valued guest, and that of our dedicated staff. A number of guidelines have been put into place in order for us all to feel safe and secure in these unique times to include social distancing measures, one way systems and regular testing of staff wearing PPE.


It's Summer! So why not make the most of it and stay with us too? Staycations are available throughout the summer holidays where children dine free, swim in our luxury swimming pool and stay 3 nights for the price of 2!


To confirm a reservation, card details are required and will be held against the booking for cancellation purposes. Accommodation can be settled on arrival with the option to cancel 7 days prior to arrival.


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