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image for Themed Dinner item typeThe Family Silver - Murder Mystery at Cober Hill

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Themed Dinner, Sat 23 Mar 2019

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery


“The Family Silver”, hosted by Hugo Firth, is a hugely popular daytime TV series which follows in the tried and tested footsteps of shows like “Bargain Hunt”, “Cash in the Attic” and “Real Deal”. The format of the show is that contestants bring in their family heirlooms to be appraised by the three resident experts on the show. This panel of experts have free rein to be as disparaging, or indeed downright rude, about the antiques presented to them. However, should a ‘worthwhile’ piece be brought in, then all three experts then take part in a closed auction, budding against each other. The winning bidder takes ownership of the item, paying his or her own money to the contestant, so long as an independent valuation of the asset has at least been met, if not exceeded.

TV audiences love the rudeness of the three resident panellists. The show combines familiar elements of popular shows such as X-Factor and Dragons’ Den, and the three panellists are now in demand with chat shows and magazines, and are fast becoming popular celebrities in their own right. There are now talks taking place to sell the format to the lucrative American market.

Today sees yet another episode of the programme being filmed in the sleepy village of Mellingham. The three panellists, Terry Tallboys, Anne McQueen and Lawrence Chippendale are here, as well as Hugo Firth. Also present are the producer of the show (Percy Laine) and the show’s researcher Tifanny Glass.

Today’s episode is being filmed at a lovely country house hotel in the village. The three panellists are in place, seated behind a long table topped with a white cloth. Each contestant brings their item up in the hope of hearing that their item is some long-lost masterpiece. In most cases, however, they are hideously ridiculed by one or more of the panellists. Percy Laine and Hugo Firth are trying hard to keep the members of the public under some sort of control. Contestants bring a range of pieces up, but the judges are clearly unimpressed.

Then, a member of the public comes forward, a small parcel under her arm wrapped in brown paper and string. Miss Pearl Ware has brought along a little oil painting by an unidentified artist, believed by the experts to have been painted in the early 1940s. She explains to Hugo Firth that she inherited the painting from her mother, who had been born in Germany and smuggled it out when she left the country in 1939, just before war broke out. It hung first on her mother’s bedroom wall, and then her own, since then.

The panellists are intrigued. All admit that the painting is somewhat naive in style, but given its provenance they may be interested in bidding for it. The host takes the painting, and returns a couple of minutes later with the independent valuation in an envelope. He announces that the auction will commence...the three panellists will take part, and the winning bidder will become the legal owner after paying the contestant their money – so long as it meets or exceeds the valuation in the envelope, which is only opened after the auction.

The auction starts, and the three judges begin bidding slowly against each other...

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Disabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 23 Mar 2019 19:00 to 22:30


£29.50 per person

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Cober Hill,
North Yorkshire,
YO13 0AR



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Map reference: TA 011953  Lat: 54.34322 Long: -0.44631

By Road:
Situated 100 yards along Staintondale Road, 6 miles north of Scarborough on the A171 Scarborough to Whitby Road.

By Public Transport:
Half hourly bus services from Scarborough to Cloughton by local no. 15 service or hourly using Arriva transport no. 93. frequent Rail services to Scarborough station 6 miles away.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 4
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu