"Midsummer in Midsomer"

2011

Convention Report:



FRIDAY 17 JUNE 

We started with our customary Meet & Greet Lunch at our base hotel, The Peacock in Henton, during which we got to know each other.

Afterwards, the coach took us to our first location visit -Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield, the world's oldest model village, which appeared in the episode "Small Mercies".

In the evening we returned to the base hotel for our also customary Midsomer Quiz Evening  with a twist- namely a map with some surprise fields- and a tasty BBQ buffet.


SATURDAY 18 JUNE 

We visited Nether Winchendon House, another stunning Midsomer location, which appeared in several episodes, and enjoyed a tour around the house given by its current owner, Robert Spencer Bernard- his family have lived there for nigh on 500 years now.

We afterwards headed to Great Haseley for a lunch buffet at The Plough, a Midsomer location pub, and played Aunt Sally in the pub garden. Just like Barnaby & Troy did there! After this, the guests took part in the Midsomer Trail Challenge to win the Midsomer Cup 2011.



In the evening we were off to Wallingford's The George, for a 3 course dinner with our customary murder mystery! We were happy to welcome our special guest writer/actor Michael Aitkens, who gave us a little talk about his work on the show, and his partner.

An audio file of Michael's talk is available exclusively for Society Members!

SUNDAY 19 JUNE

After a brief visit to Henley town centre, we headed to Caversham to catch the boat to Mapledurham Mill, where we had a light lunch and later a cream tea in the afternoon. As it was Father's Day, there was a special falconry display to watch and enjoy. 

We ended the weekend with a farewell dinner at our base hotel.
 
MONDAY 20 JUNE

Eleven of us got onto the coach on Monday morning, with two others following in their own car, to go to North Wales- we were off to Llanberis at the foot of Mount Snowdon. We stopped for lunch in Ironbridge.



After arrival, we checked into our two B&Bs along the High Street (Glyn Afon and Erw Fair), and located dinner.

 
TUESDAY 21 JUNE

After breakfast, we headed up Mount Snowdon using the easy way up- the Snowdon Mountain Railway.Shame the weather was foggy- one of the lovely views was visible. At the top, some intrepid explorers in the group climbed up the last few metres on all fours- we nearly got blown off!



We enjoyed some bubbly in the cafe to wish one of our guests a very Happy Birthday.
Back down, the group split to find lunch or dry out as the case may be...
Afterwards, the coach took us to Caernarfon Castle, an imposing ruin on the harbourside in Caernarfon.

We enjoyed a pub dinner with views over to Anglesey Island.
 
WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE

We climbed back on the coach for the return trip to main Midsomerland. 
For lunch, we stopped in Chester to explore and find food.

When we got back to The Peacock, everybody had a well-deserved rest before the very final Farewell Dinner. Consensus was that the trip was too short and we should do it again...

Photos: © Pieter D'hondt - Report: © Sabine Schreiner