Chuck Dagger has been murdered.
The daredevil knife-thrower had rolled into Reading
with The Circus of Dreams. But last night he was found face down in the sawdust - with a dagger in his back.
Gather a killer team of intrepid detectives and find clues in a live-action puzzle hunt through Reading!
SAT 16 FEB
SAT 2 MAR
12PM & 3PM
SAT 23 FEB
Step right up, step right in - the circus is about to begin.
The Circus of Dreams had rolled into town for the greatest show on earth. But last night, famed knife-thrower, Chuck Dagger, was found face down in the sawdust of The Big Top with a dagger in his back.
A bizarre message has been found at the crime scene, suspicious characters ask to meet with you urgently - and despite the twisted events that have taken place, you get the feeling there's more to
Chuck Dagger's killer finale than meets the eye. But what is it?
The show must go on but The Circus of Dreams has become a circus of screams. The clowns at Scotland Yard don't stand a chance.
Roll up and race round Reading to hunt down hidden evidence, crack cryptic clues and converse with characters - against the clock. Give your detective pals a call and assemble a troupe of super sleuths to catch a killer at the gravest show on earth!
A Circus of Screams is a murder mystery treasure hunt
that sends teams of detectives racing round Reading to find hidden evidence and crack cryptic clues to a catch a killer against the clock. You will need a smartphone with an internet connection in order to complete some clues.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
YOU HEAD TO THE START LOCATION AT YOUR CHOSEN TIME (12PM OR 3PM). WE'LL CHECK YOU IN, REGISTER YOUR TEAM NAME AND SCOTLAND YARD WILL GIVE YOU THE LOW-DOWN ON THE CASE.
YOU THEN HAVE 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES TO HUNT DOWN HIDDEN EVIDENCE, CRACK CRYPTIC CLUES AND CONVERSE WITH SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS. DON'T PANIC - WE'LL GIVE YOU SOME LEADS TO START YOUR INVESTIGATIONS - AND THERE'S EVEN A SCOTLAND YARD HELPLINE TO CALL IF YOU GET STUCK.
WHEN TIME IS UP, YOU HEAD TO THE FINISH LOCATION AND WE'LL GIVE YOU SOME QUESTIONS TO HELP FOCUS YOUR MIND. ONCE YOU'VE PUT YOUR FINDINGS TOGETHER, YOU'LL HAVE THE CHANCE TO TELL SCOTLAND YARD WHODUNNIT - AND THEY'LL LET YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE CRACKED THE CASE.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
A CHARGED SMARTPHONE AND A PEN. AND YOUR BEST SLEUTHING SKILLS. DON'T FORGET YOU'LL BE OUT IN THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER FOR A FEW HOURS, SO BRING A COAT TO STAY WARM AND DRY.
WHERE'S THE START LOCATION?
FOR NOW, IT'S A CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET. WELL, IT IS A CRIME SCENE AFTER ALL. WE'LL SEND YOU THE ALL-IMPORTANT START LOCATION VIA EMAIL ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR CHOSEN DATE.
IS THIS A TEAM GAME?
IT'S ALWAYS FUN TO PLAY AS A TEAM BUT THERE ARE NO FORMAL LIMITS ON TEAM SIZE. YOU CAN BE A SOLO SLEUTH OR A GROUP FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
WHAT'S 'A CIRCUS OF SCREAMS' MOST LIKE?
IMAGINE THE CRYSTAL MAZE, SOME ESCAPE ROOM PUZZLES, A SCAVENGER HUNT, A TEAM OF LIVE ACTORS AND A MURDER MYSTERY ALL GOT TOGETHER. WITH A TIMER. THAT. IT'S PRETTY DAMN FUN.
WHY ARE ALL OF YOUR MYSTERIES IN READING?
BECAUSE WE LOVE THE PLACE! WE CAREFULLY CRAFT EACH MYSTERY TO PLAY OUT ACROSS THE TOWN AND FULLY IMMERSE YOU IN THE STORY. OUR DETECTIVES HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK INVESTIGATING CASES IN THE TOWN SINCE 2017! SEE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE.
I'M A JOURNALIST - DO YOU HAVE A PRESS AREA?
HELLO YOU! WE DO! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR PRESS AREA. IT'S GOT AN IMAGE BANK, PRESS RELEASES, VIDEOS AND OODLES OF DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT.
WAIT - I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION
NO PROBLEM! EMAIL HELP@ACIRCUSOFSCREAMS.COM AND WE'LL REPLY RIGHT AWAY, OR IF YOU'RE FEELING SOCIAL-MEDIA-SAVVY, HIT THE BUTTON BELOW TO START AN INSTANT LIVE CHAT.