International Agatha Christie Festival comes to Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum is home to Britain’s only permanent Christie Gallery

Torquay Museum is home to Britain’s only permanent Christie Gallery. - Credit: submitted

Every September, thousands of fans flock to Torquay to enjoy the International Agatha Christie Festival, which celebrates the life and work of Torquay’s most famous daughter, and the universally acknowledge Queen of Crime.

Torquay Museum is home to Britain’s only permanent Christie Gallery, and each year hosts a series of events during the festival.

This year, the museum has a crop of criminally good events.

The museum is kicking off the festival with the world premiere of Agatha Christie in the Middle East, a documentary that tells the little known story of Christie’s life in the Middle East with her second husband, the archaeologist Max Mallowan.

The film will be screened free of charge in the museum’s tiered auditorium, with cinema-quality projector, at 5.30pm on Sunday, September 12.

To reserve your seats, contact the museum directly on 01803 293975, seven days per week, 10am to 4pm.

For Christie fans with a love of trains, there is an Agatha Christie-inspired model railway event.

For Christie fans with a love of trains, there is an Agatha Christie-inspired model railway event. - Credit: Torquay Museum

For those Christie fans with a love of trains, there is an Agatha Christie-inspired model railway event, where guests can meet the builders of a stunning set designed originally for Channel 5’s Great Model Railway Challenge series.

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The builders will present their clever, animated masterpiece in the flesh, sharing details of the challenges they faced building it, the Christie novels that inspired them, as well as showing excerpts from the TV episode where it was presented to the public to such acclaim.

There are two events - at 1.15pm on September 14 and 17, and tickets cost £8 each.

Book online via the International Agatha Christie Festival website, or contact Torquay Museum on 01803 293975, seven days per week, 10am to 4pm.

The Curse of Amenhotep murder mystery.

The Curse of Amenhotep murder mystery. - Credit: Torquay Museum

For the sleuths among you, the Curse of Amenhotep murder mystery will provide some exercise for your little grey cells.

A seemingly supernatural murder has taken place among Torquay Museum's exhibits, and you and your team have been drafted in to get to the bottom of it.

The Curse of Amenhotep is a two-hour interactive mystery experience which will use your skills of investigation, observation and deduction to scour the eerie corners of the museum after hours and solve the crime.

To book your tickets for this event, which takes place on Friday, September 17, at 7pm to 9pm, or for more information, visit the International Agatha Christie Festival website, or contact Torquay Museum on 01803 293975, seven days per week, 10am to 4pm.