MIDSUMMER IN MIDSOMER 2014 - 20-22 June 2014

Our 7th Midsomer Murders fan convention weekend!



Our chosen charity for 2014 - which will receive all profits made during the weekend - was “Helen & Douglas House”, which provides care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and supports their families.

The two hospice houses on the outskirts of Oxford offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family. Helen House opened in 1982 as the world's first children's hospice. Douglas House opened in 2004 for young adults aged 16-35.

Friday 20 June

We started at 11.00 am with a mingle in the bar, then sat down to a delicious two course “Meet & Greet Lunch” at the Peacock. We welcomed a speaker from the charity to give us some information on what the charity does.



In the afternoon, we headed to White Waltham Aero Club, which appeared in “The Flying Club”, and we saw the hangar used for filming, some planes, the control room for the airfield, and more planes... plus enjoyed some coffee & cake in the clubhouse afterwards.



In the evening, our customary Midsomer Quiz Evening with a BBQ buffet awaited us at The Peacock.

Saturday 21 June

After breakfast, we were off to Wallingford to check out the various locations the town has supplied for Midsomer filming so far. To guide us around the locations and to add to the fun, there was be one of our location trails and a quiz to find a new worthy encumbent for our annual Midsomer Mug.



For lunch, we visited Brightwell Baldwin to test a location pub- the “Lord Nelson Inn”. It is opposite the village church- yes, you’ve guessed it: another Midsomer location!



In the afternoon, we were welcomed to Chalgrove Manor by its owners - a private residence that we were permitted to enter especially.



After a refreshment stop at The Peacock, we boarded the coach again for a short drive to the “Waterfront Café & Bistro” at Benson – on the banks of the Thames to enjoy a three course dinner. Our star guest was director Peter Smith, who gave us lots of insight behind the scenes and laughter- he had a wealth of funny anecdotes to share!



Sunday 22 June

In the morning, the coach took us to explore our first location visit of the day – Beaconsfield.

For lunch we stopped at the “Royal Standard of England” in Forty Green, yet another location pub! We spotted some rather unusual beam decorations there -but the walls are intriguing as well!




Then we moved on to Denham, where we saw the lovely fabulous garden of the White House during Denham Open garden Day. Sadly we weren't able to get inside the house, as this is a private property, but we managed to peek into the indoor swimming pool which was used in Midsomer.



The village church is also a Midsomer location – it was used for Cully Barnaby’s wedding in “Blood Wedding”!



We also made a brief stop in Penn enroute to check out the village green and pond...seen as we were there, we also checked out the pub opposite the green.



In the evening we had our customary two-course “Farewell Dinner” at the Peacock to round off the weekend.


EXTENSION DAY - WINDSOR – Monday 23 June

For the excursion day, we were off to Windsor! Well, we paid a morning visit to Bearwood College on the way, which appeared in “Death in the Slow Lane” as the site of the classic car exhibition.



Lunch was enjoyed at the “Duchess of Cambridge” on Windsor High Street just opposite the castle, and in the afternoon we visited Windsor Castle itself.



For dinner we had a generous two-course dinner at the Lions of Bledlow - this pub has appeared in too many episodes to list them all...



Text & all photos copyright Sabine Schreiner 2014