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Famous places around our parks!

Did you know that many famous films, TV shows and documentaries were filmed right on our doorstep! Because of the stunning locations of our parks across the country, the areas of our parks are a hot spot for filming locations! So next time you’re at one of our parks, keep an eye out for those famous locations we’ve seen on our TV screens, and keep a look out for celebrities too!

Harry Potter in Northumberland

Did you know that Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was used as the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the filming of the first two Harry Potter films! Take a trip to where Harry learned to fly when you’re visiting Haggerston Castle or Berwick and relive the moments from the famous films! And if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, the castle was also used as a filming location for the Downton Abbey’s Christmas 2015 special!

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Broadchurch in Dorset

The famous TV series Broadchurch was filmed along the coastline of Dorset. The beach, sea and cliffs are all key elements of the story and play an important part in the drama. If you’re visiting one of our parks in Dorset: Littlesea, Rockley Park, Seaview or Weymouth Bay, take a trip to the coast and follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters!

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(source: www.walesonline.co.uk)

Harbour Lives in Dorset

The ITV series Harbour Lives was also shot along the coastline of Dorset. The programme features the two very different sides of the harbour, the side full of super yachts, speed boats and mansions, and the more traditional side with quaint villages, cobbled streets, colourful fishing boats, white chalk cliffs and crooked buildings.

Poldark in Cornwall

Many cottages in St Breward in Cornwall were used in the filming of Poldark as the characters home and other cottages in the village. The beach at Church Cove is also where the famous shipwreck scenes were filmed! See for yourself when you visit our parks Perran Sands and Riviere Sands in Cornwall!

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Dad’s Army in Yorkshire

Anyone seen the new Dad’s Army movie? The film was shot almost entirely across Yorkshire with historic towns such as Bridlington and the stunning coastline of Yorkshire playing a massive part in the film! Take a trip into the town to explore the area it was filmed when visiting one of our four parks in Yorkshire: Blue Dolphin, Primrose Valley, Reighton Sands and the new Thornwick Bay.

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Hot Fuzz in Somerset 

The famous and hilariously funny film Hot Fuzz was filmed in the village of Wells in Somerset. The film is set in the ‘quiet village’ of ‘Sandford’ and Wells, the smallest city in England was the perfect location for the film! If you’re visiting one of our parks in Somerset: Doniford Bay or Burnham-on-Sea, then take a trip into wells for a tour of the city and have a drink in the famous pub ‘The Crown’ featured in the film.

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(source: www.wellscathedral.org.uk)

Snowdon in North Wales

With the outstanding natural beauty of Snowdonia in North Wales it’s no wonder that it’s been used as a film location by many. The famous Dr Who has been filmed in various places in North Wales with the episode ‘the abominable snowman’ being filmed in Snowdonia. An episode from BBC’s EastEnders was also shot in Dolgellau in North Wales!

Interesting Fact: The Inn of 6th Happiness is a film based in China in the 50s, however it was actually filmed in a village called Beddgelert in Snowdon. The village looked so much like China it was the perfect set and a lot cheaper than actually filming in China!

This means there is lots to explore when you come to visit our parks in North Wales: GreenacresHafan y Môr and Presthaven.

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Have you visited any of these famous film locations, or know of any others around our parks? Let us know in the comment section below!  

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