MIDSUMMER IN MIDSOMER 2016 - 17-20 June 2016

Our chosen charity for 2016 - which received all profits made over the weekend, which we rounded up to £500.00 - are the ”Macmillan Nurses”, who support cancer patients and their families. We have selected this charity in memory of Pauline Sinclair, a long term Society member, who sadly died last year, and is much missed.

Friday 17 June

We started with our usual two course “Meet & Greet Lunch” at the Peacock. Much chatter and laughter was had.

In the afternoon, we headed to the Loddon Brewery, which appeared in “The Night of the Stag” – they even brew & sell a special "Night of the Stag" beer! Hope there are no bodies in the vats. Some product sampling was included in our visit … hic! And as we had some time left and managed to pick a nice sunny day, we had a couple of pitchers to share on the benches in the brewery yard. And their shop was well stocked, well, at least until we left... clink-clunk all the way home!

We returned to the base hotel for our customary Midsomer Quiz Evening with a BBQ buffet in between rounds. This time, points were collected... and carried forward throughout the weekend to determine the winner of the Midsomer Mug!

Saturday 18 June
After breakfast, we visited Bekonscot Model Village to see the location used for a pivotal scene in “Small Mercies” - come on, you know which one we mean, right?

For lunch, we felt Italian at “The Cock & Rabbit” in The Lee – a double whammy, as this is a location pub in a location-rich village, and what’s even better, we stayed for their annual village fete, so very Midsomer, isn’t it?

We went back to The Peacock, in order to change and refresh, and then were on board our coach again to go to “Gerrards Cross Golf Club”, a location used in “The Dogleg Murders” for a three course dinner. We were even shown the two sites used as filming locations, well, one from further away as it would have meant crossing the golf green... gulp.

Sunday 19 June

In the morning, the coach took us to explore our first location visit of the day – Cuddington – and we had our usual village trail quiz to collect some more points to find this years’ Midsomer Mug winner. I saw people go down the road, and up the road, and down again... hehehe.

For lunch we stayed in Cuddington, entering “The Crown”, yet another location pub! Afterwards we moved on to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton.

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

EXTENSION DAY – Monday 20 June

We were off to see the deep blue sea, sea, sea…. well, with a stop en-route for a steam train ride on the historic Bluebell Line in Sussex, we made our way to Brighton, home beat of John Barnaby and provider of several locations over the years. We explored leisurely the pier and town centre, had fish & chips, what else?, and finally met back up for a sumptuous cream tea in The Grand Hotel (another Midsomer location!) on the sea front.

Dinner was once more be in The Lions at Bledlow, another location pub, used so often it'd take too long to list all the episodes!

Text & all photos copyright Sabine Schreiner 2016