"Midsummer in Midsomer"


Dear Midsomer devotee,

Here is a short report of some of the places and people we saw during "Midsummer in Midsomer 2013", the Midsomer Murders Society's 6th annual fan convention which took place from 21 to 23 June 2013 in Oxfordshire, UK. The 2nd edition of the Midsomer Mercury which is due to be sent out shortly will contain more detailed information.

This year's programme started on Friday with our usual Meet & Greet lunch which was followed by a visit to Horsewyse - our chosen charity for 2013 - where we met Honcho and his handler Jake.
(c) Margaret Ford
After the visit we headed for one of our location trails in Long Crendon. This has been featured in many episodes - most notably in The Axman Cometh. After a rest we all enjoyed the Midsomer Murders Quiz Evening and buffet supper.
On Saturday we toured Halton House (which has also featured in The King's Speech and a recent episode of Agatha Christie's Marple). This was followed by a trip to the Ironworks at Bulbourne (seen in King's Crystal) and lunch at the Grand Junction Arms. Unfortunately the weather wasn't suitable for us to sit and eat it in the pub gardens on the canal side. The afternoon saw us touring the house and gardens of Knebworth House.
After dressing for dinner we had a three course meal at The George in Dorchester-on-Thames (a gorgeous Midsomer location - seen in The Maid in Splendour and other episodes!), and welcomed writer Douglas Watkinson as our special guest. He wrote some of Midsomer's most popular episodes such as Death in Disguise, Beyond the Grave and Down Among the Dead Men! He was very entertaining and gave an amusing speech with lots of quirky anecdotes which had the whole group enthralled.
Douglas and Jackie Watkinson with Margaret
 (c) Margaret Ford
Sunday saw us visiting Nettlebed -(another frequently used Midsomer location), Adwell House, church & village, followed by a cream tea on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough railway. Chinnor Station was used in Death in a Chocolate Box. To close the week-end we returned to The Peacock Country Inn for a cheerful and enjoyable  Farewell Meal.
A few members stayed over for our extra 1-day extension to Oxford. Home of "the gleaming spires", not to mention many more murders, this time solved by Morse & Lewis!
The Midsomer Murders Society