What we got up to during the 2019 fan weekend...

MIDSUMMER IN MIDSOMER 2019 ? 21 to 24 June 2019 FRIDAY - We started with our customary ?Meet & Greet Lunch? at our base hotel, The Peacock Inn in Henton near Chinnor, in order to get to know each other or refresh friendships from previous years. In the afternoon, we headed to the Loddon Brewery near Reading ? a location for ?The Night of the Stag? and "The Ghost of Causton Abbey" ? for a tour of the brewery and a beer tasting. We visited a few years ago and thought we needed to go back for further quality checks on their produce ? and their brewery shop was open, too. We all sat leisurely in the sunshine, with a drink or two in our hands, before returning to the Peacock. The mini buses were clinking along the road gently... Hic.  
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We reconvened after a short break at The Peacock for our Midsomer Quiz Evening with a BBQ buffet in between the four rounds. It was hard fought for, and the line up was rather close... point-wise for the annual "Midsomer Mug" competition, Joan & Anja went in the lead, but the next team was only a few points behind!

SATURDAY - After breakfast, we were off to a very sunny Haddenham, which has supplied so many locations for Midsomer, for the Village Trail Quiz, which again was providing points for the Mug competition. The teams went here, the teams went there... and lateral thinking was required too. Some of the teams didn't like to concede a single point... and most of us now know where Duck Bottom is in Haddenham!

 

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Lunch was in the pub garden of the historic King?s Head pub in Haddenham. Tucked away down a lane in the old part of Haddenham, this pub dates back to the 16th century. It's hard to find, and on days like this one, even harder to leave!! In the afternoon, we had tea/coffee in Halton House (yes, Halton House, not Chenies Manor, where our drivers thought they were supposed to deliver us to...) ? oh and a guided tour through the Rothschild building. It has been used not only in Midsomer, but also other film productions, for example Downton Abbey or James Bond) and the Trenchard Museum, which is based on the RAF Halton base. The small (but excellent) museum preserves and displays items relating to the early history of the Royal Air Force. Some of us took a bit of convincing to get out of the fighter cockpit after clambering into it...

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For dinner, we were absolutely in for a real treat!! Dinner with Daniel Casey at the four star ?The Compleat Angler? in Marlow, in the Weir Side Restaurant... we were fed a luxurious three course dinner after a glass of bubbly as a welcome drink. The restaurant overlooks along its length the Thames and offers gorgeous views onto Marlow bridge and church on the opposite river bank. Daniel was a hoot - so many Midsomer stories, and other funny theatre memories, and he demonstrated he can still play the spoons! He was happy to do a Q&A session as well, a photo shoot session next to the weir outside, and autographs and cuddles with the more than willing female Midsomer guests...

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SUNDAY - In the morning we visited the iconic Midsomer village Littlewick Green ? the Colts Team of the Littlewick Cricket Club was playing, we were given a guided tour around the filming locations of six Midsomer episodes and see the crime scene at the Cricket Club (Dead Man?s Eleven), a coffee or tea and the cricket club chairman and the Colt's trainer gave us a cricket training session - from how to put all those pads on to how to bowl and swing a bat, ideally without killing each other with it? the visit ended with a free drink in The Cricketers - thank you Nigel, it was most welcome!!

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For lunch we went to the ?The Crown? in Cookham, a location pub. It appeared in ?Second Sight? ? Tom Barnaby meets Joyce & Cully for dinner there. The main village street also appeared in the same episode- Scott visits a solicitor there. In the afternoon, we visited the Chiltern Open Air Museum ? it houses 30 historic buildings which have made appearances in several TV programmes (Midsomer, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife amongst others). We had a guided tour around the 45 acres site, and ended the visit with a cream tea in their caf?, it was Sunday after all!

In the evening, we had our customary ?Farewell Dinner? back at the Peacock to round off the main weekend. The annual Midsomer Mug competition was won by Anja & Joan.

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EXTENSION DAY TRIP TO BRIGHTON ? 24 JUNE 2019 Brighton is where DCI John Barnaby hails from, and it has provided some locations for the series outside of Midsomer?s usual haunts, so a visit was in order. We started off on Brighton Pier - with several of us hopping onto the Haunted House Ghost ride... we all still had our heads on at the end, so it's not like it is in Midsomer...

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A word of warning: Hold tight onto your chips, sandwiches or donuts... the sea gulls are experienced robbers!! Sabine swears she had feathers in her ear, and then lost a donut to the flying robber!! Joan kindly guided us around the locations, and everybody could explore the lovely town on their own. Nick kept his promise - he went for a swim in the sea... brrr! We reconvened at the historic The Grand Hotel Brighton, which also appeared in Midsomer, for a cream tea at 16.30, before returning to Oxfordshire.

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Dinner was planned at another location pub - The Lions at Bledlow. We?ve lost count how often it has appeared under various names in different Midsomer villages. And then... the weekend was truly over, sniff...