Whodunit? Aspiring Sherlocks wanted to join Mount Cook for a very Victorian Murder Mystery, in aid of Help for Heroes


Local actors from High Tor Players will provide an immersive ‘Way-Out-Wirksworth’ Murder Mystery experience on Saturday 18 February at Mount Cook. 

Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a new not-for-profit outdoor organisation on the edge of the Peak District, presents a Victorian-themed Murder Mystery evening on Saturday 18th February, in partnership with local theatre troupe, the High Tor Players, to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Steeped in the history and heritage of the area around Mount Cook, ‘Way-Out-Wirksworth’ is set in 1884, a time when a new railway is being built to connect Middleton and London. An area of land vital to the railway’s construction is lost to the notorious Wirksworth gambler Doc. Faraday, in a drunken Friday night card game involving the richest man in town Mr Calhoun. As the investigation into the case takes place, and a suspicious murder ensues, the whole town eagerly awaits the outcome which is essential to the railway negotiations. Guests are invited to attend the event, which will include a sumptuous three course meal, in costume.

Joint Founder and Director of Mount Cook, Colin Adams, said: “Mount Cook’s dining hall and hilltop location provides a perfect location for this event. ‘Way-Out-Wirksworth’ promises to be an evening full of deductive reasoning and laughter in equal measure with the talented High Tor Players lending a new level of drama and suspense to the proceedings. We hope to offer our guests a unique evening’s entertainment whilst raising money for an important cause.

Help for Heroes is the nominated charity of our partners the UK Challenge, the country’s leading outdoor team-building event. Since we started to work with the UK Challenge in November 2016, we have pledged to help increase awareness of the great work done by Help for Heroes, and to raise funds to help them continue to support our servicemen and women.”

Mark Poole, a member of the High Tor Players, said: “We are looking forward to hosting this special Murder Mystery evening with Mount Cook and to put on a fun and atmospheric show. It’s fantastic that, in our 80th year, there are still so many new avenues for us to explore, and we hope this is the first of many collaborations. As well as the Murder Mystery, we will also be performing Alan Bennett’s raucous comedy Habeas Corpus from 11th–13th May in various locations in Derbyshire. More details to follow!”

The High Tor Players from their previous production of  What's For Pudding?

The High Tor Players from their previous production of What's For Pudding?

The Murder Mystery evening starts at 7pm on Saturday 18th February and includes a delicious three course dinner. A raffle will also take place on the night to raise further funds for Help for Heroes. Tickets cost £30 per person, and attendance is limited to 60 people.

On-site overnight accommodation and breakfast is also available.

More information and tickets are available from Mount Cook Adventure Centre, by calling: 01629 823 702 or emailing: Explore@mountcook.uk