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Dust off your dancing shoes or step into a live action murder mystery – just two more reasons to visit the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port this October.
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October the Museum will host a free family-friendly weekend of 1940s nostalgia. Highlights include an afternoon tea dance and beetle drive, from 2-5pm. For those in the mood for something more up tempo, the museum is hosting an evening Victory Party on Saturday 26 from 7-11pm.
Tickets are free but are limited to 150 for each event, so please collect your tickets in advance from the museum reception. 1940s themed food and games will be available to guests and period dress is encouraged (please be respectful – allied forces only).
Following the 1940s extravaganza, the museum will welcome in The Boaty Theatre Company on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October. The company will deliver an evening of murder mystery role-play, which will take you into the dark corners of the museum grounds.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tickets are available from the museum reception or phone 0151 355 5017. You can book in (via phone) advance and pick tickets up on the night. Due to high demand, booking in advance is essential. Doors open at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start.
Theatrical practitioner and director, Laura J Harris said: “We've been lucky to enjoy a string of successes with our indoor and outdoor, site-specific Shakespearean adaptations in recent months. I say we've been lucky, but in fact everyone has worked incredibly hard and really deserves the success they created.
“For Halloween we thought we'd leave The Bard behind and try our hands at bit of murder mystery! So far, it's been great fun and I hope that plenty of people come along and get into the spirit of things on the 30th and 31st. Initially there will be music, party games and goodies before the chaos descends so come along and put your detective's thinking cap on."
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