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, and 2022 marks 25 years since Midsomer Murders began in 1997. There continue to be regular screenings, not only in the UK, but all over the world and the next series, Series 23, is currently being filmed.
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 and Spread Eagle hotels, and the Black Horse pub and brasserie, together with other locations.
Fans of the detective series can pick up a free Midsomer leaflet from the Town Hall Information Centre or Thame Museum, or download it here, and discover all of the deadly locations around the town. Lovers of DCI Barnaby can also have their photograph taken outside Causton Town Hall. Pop into the Town Hall Information Centre to pick up the ‘Causton Town Hall’ sign to place over the Town Hall sign and feature it in your photo. Here you can also purchase a wide variety of Midsomer-themed books and gifts.
Between April and October, weekly Midsomer tours take place in Thame, led by specially trained Midsomer tour guides. The tours are held every Wednesday, starting at 2.00 pm outside Thame Town Hall, and finishing about 75 minutes later at Thame Museum. Thame Museum and Thame Town Hall (aka Causton Town Hall) are amongst over 20 filming locations in the town.
Tickets cost £10.00 each, in person at the Town Hall or book online at thamemidsomertours.co.uk where you can also purchase a guidebook 'A Midsomer Day Out'.
Two thirds of the proceeds from Midsomer Tours goes to charitable causes.