Thame – a major Midsomer filming location
Thame is one of the most frequently used filming locations for the popular ITV series, Midsomer Murders. The town regularly features, either as Causton, or as any one of the many villages in the fictional Midsomer County. The series is still going strong after 20 years with regular screenings, not only in the UK, but all over the world. Many Thame landmarks have been featured in different episodes over this time, including Thame Town Hall, the Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, the historic Swan, Black Horse, and Spread Eagle hotels, together with many other locations.
Fans of the detective series can pick up a free Midsomer Murders leaflet from the Town Hall Information Centre or Thame Museum and discover all of the deadly locations around the town. Lovers of DCI Barnaby can also have their photograph taken outside of Causton Town Hall. Pop in to the Town Hall Information Centre to pick up the ‘Causton’ sign to feature in your photo. Here you can also purchase a wide variety of Midsomer Murder themed books and gifts.
Midsomer Walking Tours of Thame
To ensure that visitors to Thame (aka Causton) have as enjoyable an experience as possible, 21st Century Thame has organised regular Midsomer tours which are led by specially trained Midsomer tour guides. They take place weekly between April and October on Wednesdays at 11.00am. Each tour starts at Thame Museum, one of the filming locations (located at 79 High Street, Thame OX9 3AE) and takes in all the varied locations in the town centre. A recent tour participant commented:
My friend and I are on the train back to London so I thought I’d take the opportunity to drop you an email to let you know how much we loved the tour. It was really interesting how it mixes real history with facts about the show, and what a beautiful town! Alan was a wonderful guide – very warm and considerate, and of course brimming with knowledge. The photo opportunity outside Causton Town Hall at the end was a particularly lovely touch. I will definitely be recommending it to any Midsomer Murders fans I know.
How to book a tour
The tour lasts around an hour and a quarter and costs £7.50 per person. You can buy tickets online click here, as well as in person from Thame Museum (click here for opening times). You can also go to Thame Museum shortly before the tours start at 11am on any Wednesday between 17th April and 30th October and pay in the Museum to book your place (cash only).
The 2019 walking tour season has ended. The 2020 season will start on Wednesday 15 April 2020 and run until October 2020. Keep checking back for dates.
Click here to read about the charities supported by the 2019 Midsomer Murder Walking Tours.
Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame with Steam Train Ride and Cream Tea
Spend a unique Sunday afternoon taking a Midsomer Walking Tour (commencing at 2 pm in Thame) and combine it with Cream Tea in the afternoon tea car on the 4.30 pm steam departure from Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. All at our special joint ticket price of £25 per adult. Limited dates are available in 2020. Book online at https://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/product.php/204/midsomer-adventure-cream-teas-2019.
1. Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame
By arrangement, one-hour guided walking tour of Thame, if Wednesday is not convenient. Tickets are £7.50 per person, but please note minimum charge of £30 applies.
2. Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame combined with Driving Tour of Filming Locations in Midsomer Villages
By arrangement, one-hour guided walking tour of Thame, combined with a driving tour of filming locations in nearby Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire villages, including Long Crendon, Great Haseley, Shabbington, Brill and others. Lunch can be included. Rate depends on duration and coverage of tour.
To arrange either of these bespoke tours, please contact Tony Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07881 688895.