The Midsomer Walking Tours of Thame, inspired by the popularity of the long-running TV series Midsomer Murders, have become a well-established part of the local scene since they began three years ago. Feedback from people taking the tours has been 100% positive but, until now, it’s not been possible for anyone to comment about them on social media.

This has just changed, and on Friday 14th June a brand new Midsomer Tours Facebook page was launched, www.facebook.com/thamemidsomertours.

Midsomer Tour Participant with the specially produced Causton Town Hall sign. Credit: Claire Moore.
Credit: Claire Moore
Tour participant with the specially produced Causton Town Hall sign, which can be hung over the Town Hall sign at Thame Town Hall – perfect for pictures! This opportunity is available on the tour. At other times simply ask at the Town Hall Information Centre for the sign to be hung outside.

Thame Midsomer Tours would love to hear from people whether they’ve been on the tour previously or are planning to go on one. Tony Long, tours coordinator, said, ‘If everyone can ‘like’ the new Facebook page, write a review, perhaps including a photo taken during a tour, and spread the news about the page to friends and family, that will help us get well and truly on the social map. It will also help us assess the growing popularity of the tours and take note of any suggestions for how we can improve the visitor experience’. 

The new Facebook page was created by Sarah Fletcher of Mushroom Souffle, a local social media consultancy, and funded through the South Oxfordshire District Council’s Councillor Grant Scheme.

In two years, Thame ‘s Midsomer walking tours have attracted 600 participants from the UK and other countries as far apart as Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. This year, it’s hoped over 500 people will take part. Tony Long, tours coordinator, added, ‘We feel this shows how popular the tours have become. The new Facebook page can only increase their popularity’.

Book a tour

The tours take place every Wednesday at 11.00 am until 30th October. They start from inside Thame Museum (79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE), a filming location. Tickets cost £7.50 each and may be purchased online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/thamemidsomer. Alternatively, simply turn up on the day and pay at the Museum.

If the advertised tour times don’t fit in with your itinerary, tours can be arranged for groups of 4 or more people on other days. For more information, contact Tony Long at thamemidsomertours@gmail.com.

Part of the income from ticket sales is donated to worthy causes at the end of each season. Since the tours began, nearly £2,500 has been donated to the Mayor’s Charities and Thame Museum. The guides themselves don’t receive any income.

Tour History

The Midsomer tours were developed from a tour originally created by David Dodds, a Thame Museum trustee, and are held under the auspices of 21st Century Thame, an organisation bringing together local businesses, community groups and councils to help Thame stay vibrant and viable as a market town.

For more information about Midsomer walking tours, please contact Helen Johns at helen.johns39@gmail.com or on 0771 743 4983.