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Mystery on Sea provides an exclusive walking tour of the historic Clifftown and Royal Terrace areas of Southend on Sea.


The tour, which began running in June 2019, was originally designed, written and led by Adrian Fox and Tracy Wise, two locally based and experienced performers and storytellers with extensive knowledge of the local area. Magician Richard Graham Joined the team in 2024. The walk lasts for around 2 hours and includes some fascinating information about the history of the town, its buildings and landmarks; and about some of the famous people who have visited over the years. Woven in are tales of ghosts, legends and unexplained mysteries, and the walk is made even more entertaining with the inclusion of magic and a lot of fun.

Coming soon is a second fascinating tour, this time investigating the historic Shoeburyness Garrison site with its rich history dating back hundreds of years and more. Dates for this new tour, packed full of stories and surprises, will be available soon.


The tours are suitable for those aged 10 years and over and are both wheelchair friendly. Dogs are welcome - in fact they can sometimes sense the presence of our ghostly guests! To allow the best experience for everyone, the group size is kept to a maximum of twenty people. 

Tracy Wise

Tracy is a respected author, presenter, lecturer and award winning magician with a specific interest in esoteric history and traditional folk tales and legends from around the world. She is a member of the British Society of

Mystery Entertainers, The Magic Circle, The Society for Storytellers and Equity; and she can regularly be seen performing across the UK.  

Tracy has developed a unique blend of storytelling and magic to create shows such as 'Crime Scene Illusion', 'Nursery Crimes' and 'A Very Victorian Murder', as well as the popular interactive walking tour 'The Whitechapel Murder Trail' which explores the victims of Jack the Ripper through the use of forensic applications and magic. 

Adrian Fox

Adrian has lived and worked in Southend since the age of three. He became a radio presenter in his teens and went on to present professionally at a number of Essex radio stations, including Essex Radio, 

Essex FM, Breeze, Dream 107 and Southend Radio.

Adrian is a member of Equity and an award winning magician and speaker, and he can regularly be seen providing cabaret or close up magical entertainment at weddings, corporate functions and restaurants. He is also the president of Southend's local magical society, Southend Sorcerers. Adrian loves combining his passion for magic and performance with the fascinating tales of Southend's rich history that are explored in 'Mystery on Sea' and 'Ghosts of the Garrison'.   

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Richard Graham

Richard is a local award winning magician with many years of experience in the fields of performance and entertainment. Often to be found providing close up magic or cabaret shows at private or public functions and events, Richard is delighted to join the Mystery on Sea team as one of our guides. 

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