When: 28th March – 12th April 2015
Where: The York Dungeon, 12 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RD
£: Tickets are £9.50 for adults and £6.95 for children (in advance)
What is it?
Over indulging in chocolate is easy at Easter time, but what if the chocolate isn’t so sweet? This Easter, visitors to The York Dungeon should beware of Death by Chocolate. With a cast of theatrical actors and special effects, it’s not just sweet treats at The York Dungeon. Visitors could well find themselves falling victim to a sweet poison as the unique attraction launches Poisonous Pasts, a brand new pop-up show that is guaranteed to trick those taste buds.
As visitors arrive at the Dungeon, a pop-up Victorian Sweet Shop and its enticing sickly owner will greet guests, who are encouraged to be on their guard and prepare for a darker twist. With jars of tempting sweets on offer, all is not as it seems and there is a strong chance that people won’t leave smiling. Will it be a lucky or yucky dip?
Helen Douglas, General Manager at The York Dungeon, said: “History has revealed tales of shop keepers and sweet sellers in the late 1800s using sweet tasting treats to poison their victims. In fact, Mary Ann Cotton, one of the most notorious sweet poisoners in history, had links with York. She was believed to have murdered up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning.
“The city also has strong links with the chocolate industry and so we are very excited to draw on this inspiration for our latest attraction, which promises to be an entertaining and interactive experience.”