Anyone who knows Southern Oxfordshire, where Midsomer Murders is filmed, knows that the river Thames plays a leading role in the landscape. In fact, the river and Southern Oxfordshire are inseparable. And now there’s a new way to explore this important geographical landscape, on board a very appropriately named craft.
The Midsomer Maiden is a version of the popular Frolic 31, and can comfortably accommodate between 10 and 12 people. With a large covered forward cockpit and roll up side curtains, this is a cruiser adapted to let you make the most of the river. And the traditional mahogany finish gives it a really classic feel.
The Midsomer Maiden can be hired for short cruises, corporate events or simply as transportation to one of the many riverside restaurants. There’s a range of facilities on board for your comfort, including a small galley kitchen. Popular daytime activities include picnics and river cruises, and in the evenings the Maiden has been used as luxury access to some of Henley’s prestige events, such as the Rewind Festival and Regatta.
For fans of Midsomer, it’s not just the name that has appeal. The tour also comes complete (by request) with its very own Midsomer Maiden, Daisy. Having been in the show on three separate occasions, Daisy can join fans on board and let them in on all the secrets of filming and behind the scenes gossip. Tours go from Singers Wharf by the Angel on the Bridge and past the boathouses up to the Henley Business School. You can get more information about the boat from tour operators Henley Sales & Charter.
For serious fans of the show, once in Henley you can head to the Argyll Pub where there’s a special brass plaque at the spot where John Nettles himself pulled a pint. The landlord, Neil, will even let you pose behind the bar to recreate the picture.
All in all, that’s not a bad day out for fans of the show.