Budding young sleuths will be hunting down clues at the Redoubt Fortress this summer in a quest to solve a brand new Sherlock mystery at Eastbourne’s iconic 200 year old landmark.
Young investigators will be able to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous fictional detective, to decipher clues and solve the Redoubt Riddle in a brand new children’s Sleuthing Summer trail.
After solving the crime, young super-sleuths can have a go at detective crafts in the fortress, from disguise-making to puppetry and making your very own Deerstalker – a must have for any Victorian investigator.
Keen detectives can also continue their investigations at a range of Mystery Mondays one hour workshops, from code cracking to periscope making, starting with ‘Mystery Smells and Stories’ today (24 July).
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Kids love to solve a good mystery and this is the perfect way to keep them entertained and give them the opportunity to get creative, in the stunning and educational setting of a 200 year old fortress. Who knows – maybe we’ll have a few CID detectives, forensic scientists or a brand new crime author in the making!”
The new trail is part of a year of celebration for Sherlock as Britain marks 125 years since the first Sherlock Holmes publication by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The theme continues this Autumn at the fortress with a night time screening of the creepy Peter Cushing classic film ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ on Saturday 18 November.
Sussex is a popular spot on the Sherlock trail, with the author often visiting East Dean, the setting of one of his final books. The downland village just outside of Eastbourne is also the place where Sherlock is thought to have retired from 1903 – 1917 and his blue plaque exists there today.
In addition to solving mysteries and discovering the ‘Faces of the Fort’ exhibition, visitors to the historic fortress can also enjoy screenings of vintage tourism films and experience the bygone era of the 1960’s and 70’s seaside holiday.
Mystery Mondays one hour workshops run on every Monday of the school summer holidays at 11am and 2pm costing £3.50 per child and include:
24 July Mystery Smells and Stories
31 July Mysterious Disguises
7 Aug Mystery Codes
14 Aug Mysterious Tools
21 Aug Morse Code Mystery
28 Aug Mystery Hiding Places
The Summer Sleuthing Trail runs every day from 22 July to 4 September and is included free with the fortress entry price of £4.50 per adult and £2.50 per child.