It’s well known that Buckinghamshire is as pretty as a picture, so it’s no surprise that a whole host of artists, writers and filmmakers have been inspired here.
The gothic classic Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in her Marlow stomping ground of Albion House, and John Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles provided stimulation for the masterpiece Paradise Lost. Meanwhile, Old Thatch near Bourne End was the residence of Enid Blyton from 1929 until she moved with her family to Green Hedges in Beaconsfield in 1938.
Roald Dahl is one of Buckinghamshire’s most famous authors and is celebrated in not one but two museums, as well as having an annual festival in his honour. Great Missenden was home to Roald Dahl for 36 years until his death in 1990. Many of Roald Dahl’s stories are based in and around the village, so grab a Countryside Trail leaflet and explore the local area, finding key sights that relate to Roald Dahl’s books and life.
As the most filmed county in Britain, visitors will recognise many of Buckinghamshire’s idyllic settings that enthral viewers around the world. Home to the iconic Pinewood studios, the county has been the backdrop for films and TV shows including James Bond, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bridget Jones, Inspector Morse, The Vicar of Dibley, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grantchester, and Horrible Histories. Also experience the corpse-strewn pilgrimage of one of Britain’s most popular programmes, Midsomer Murders, which was mostly shot (stabbed, drowned, poisoned and bludgeoned) in the county. The many idyllic settings that enthral viewers can be discovered as a self-guided tour or booked as part of an organised tour.
Since his untimely death, David Bowie has become synonymous with the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury. He performed the world debut of two of the most iconic albums of the 20th Century, ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars’ at Friars Aylesbury. March 2018 saw the unveiling of the world’s first David Bowie Statue in Aylesbury’s Market Square. The statue includes two main figures, featuring Bowie as Ziggy Stardust and then Bowie in his 2002 blue suit period, in addition to a number of characters that he portrayed in his long career.
Inspiration: Midsomer Murder
1. Come and discover a Midsomer trail through Marlow and the Hambleden village.
Covering only 17 miles, you will very quickly find yourself immersed in scenes from Midsomer Murders. This self-guided tour will not only let you walk in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby himself but, get a real taste for what Buckinghamshire and the surrounding local areas have to offer. Following the trail you will also have the chance to taste wine, sample local food and beer, spend the night in a filming location and walk the beautiful Chiltern Hills of Midsomer. The trail starts and ends in Marlow and takes in the surrounding villages of Frieth, Lane End, Bolter End, Fingest and the Hambleden valley.
For more information visit W: www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/midsomer
2. Take a Midsomer walking tour of Thame followed by a steam train trip from Chinnor with classic cream tea on board!
Thame is one of the most frequently used filming locations in the globally popular ITV series, Midsomer Murders, featuring either as Causton or as one of the villages in the fictional Midsomer County. Many Thame landmarks such as the Town Hall, Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, Black Horse pub & brasserie, and the historic Swan and Spread Eagle hotels have featured in various episodes over time.The Midsomer Tours of Thame are led by specially trained Midsomer tour guides. Starting at Thame Museum, one of the filming locations the tour takes in all the other filming locations in town. Continuing the Midsomer theme, Chinnor has appeared in Midsomer Murders on several occasions. Chinnor’s railway station became Holm Lane Junction for Death in a Chocolate Box, first shown on 11 May 2008. Station signs were changed, buffers were installed, and the station platform and train were drenched, all to create the Midsomer illusion. The journey from Chinnor is by steam train and your reserved seat in the afternoon tea car includes passing over the level crossing at Wainhill, which featured in the The Made to Measure Murders. During the return journey of around 60 minutes, each adult will be served two locally baked scones, fresh butter and jam, Rhodda’s cream, and your choice of tea, coffee, or cold squashes.
To book this day trip:
T: 07718 003133