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Can you solve the clues and discover who did the foul deed?
Calling all amateur detectives and super sleuths, can you use your skills and powers of detection to solve a murder at a medieval castle? The dreadful deed has taken place at Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire and all you have to do is help find the culprit and determine "whodunit". The 11th century castle will step back in time to Victorian Tamworth over August 20th, 21st and 22nd as Inspector Catchem invites crime fans to help crack the clues and solve a terrible murder. The Murder at the Castle challenge is the perfect day out for fans of the game Cluedo as families are invited to channel their inner Sherlock Holmes and work out who committed the murder in Tamworth Castle through a series of puzzles that will entertain everyone. Rewards will be given to those who present their findings to the Inspector at the end of their investigation.

Tamworth Castle
Ca you solve the murder at the castle

The story will be brought to life by several Victorian characters who will task visitors with solving the murder of Charlotte Cooke, the first wife of wealthy textile manufacturer Thomas Cooke, who is living in the castle. There will be the opportunity to meet Inspector Catchem, Bessie the Governess and Maggie the Lady's Maid. All characters will hold some crucial facts to help crack the case. Visitors can have their fingerprints taken, decode letters, experience a lesson with the governess and take a Victorian 'mugshot' photograph, as well as discovering clues left around the castle to help them determine the murderer, method used in the crime and the all-important motive.

Tamworth Castle
Historic Tamworth Castle

Councillor Jeremy Oates, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth, said: "Tamworth Castle is the perfect setting for a murder mystery and this will be a great way to experience and explore the building. There are clues to be cracked in rooms around the castle and characters to interview. This is set to be a really fun and immersive activity for families who like a bit of a challenge. Have you got what it takes to solve the murder?" Online general admissions and event tickets can be booked at Please note that online tickets require printing at home. Tickets can also be purchased on the door. Admission times are from 10:30am-3pm each day and the building will close at 3:45pm. More information on this, and other events at Tamworth Castle, is available at, or by calling the Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House on 01827 709618, or on the door at Tamworth Castle. You can also keep up to date with all events at Tamworth Castle on Facebook and Twitter.
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Why? Try out your detective skills in castle setting
When: August 20 to 22
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Adult 7.50, child 5-15 5, child 2-4 3
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