This year marks the 25th Anniversary since Midsomer Murders was launched back in 1997. After two difficult years in which few tours took place, thanks to Coronavirus, why not celebrate the 25th year by taking a Midsomer Tour of Thame?
The ever-popular Midsomer Tours of Thame start the new season on Wednesday 6th April, continuing each Wednesday until 26th October. The tours are led by a team of seven knowledgeable guides (all volunteers) who are enthusiastic experts, not only on Midsomer Murders locations, the episodes, the actors, the bizarre methods of murder and much more, but on local history too. Thame is one of the most-filmed locations, sometimes appearing as Causton, sometimes as one of the many picturesque villages in Midsomer County (aka Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire).
The tours start from outside the Town Hall at 2pm, where you will be greeted by your friendly guide. You will be escorted round the 23 Midsomer filming locations in Thame, and your guide will tell you about each one – including Thame Town Hall (aka Causton Town Hall), the Spread Eagle and Swan Hotels, the Black Horse, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie and Thame Museum. You will also learn fascinating snippets about Thame’s history, from its ancient Neanderthal remains to the English Civil War and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. A popular location is the Prebendal, not only rich in history as a building, but also the former home of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard nearby.
Tony Long, tour coordinator, commented, “In this 25th anniversary year of the launch of Midsomer Murders, we are delighted that our popular Midsomer Tours will be starting a new season from Wednesday 6th April. When people see Midsomer Murders on TV, they want to come and visit the beautiful towns and villages of Midsomer, in which Thame is a hub with over 20 filming locations”.
He continued, “In this special year, we have further activities planned, including a Midsomer exhibition, and repeats of the highly successful Midsomer Mystery Dinner on Friday 25th March and Friday 24th June at the Spread Eagle Hotel, itself a Midsomer location”.