Film locations and film festivals

Did you know that many parts of England have been stars of the big and small screen? Our country’s picturesque landscapes, magnificent castles and bustling cities have proven to be a popular choice for many TV and filmmakers when shooting Hollywood blockbusters, so recreate scenes from your favourite film whilst on a tour of the UK's film and TV locations, from Alnwick Castle grounds where Harry Potter first played quidditch to the cosmopolitan streets of Notting Hill. But the excitement doesn't end there for you film buffs; you will be spoilt for choice with the various film festivals that take place throughout the country celebrating independent films, foreign cinema and everything in-between.

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Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

'Encounters' is an internationally-renowned film festival held annually in Bristol, which showcases the work of short and animated film talent.

Location: Bristol

Arts and cultural events
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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow in the footsteps of film stars from 'The Duchess'

Follow in the footsteps of film stars from 'The Duchess'

Explore the different parts of Bath that were used as filming locations for the award winning 2008 movie, ‘The Duchess’, featuring Keira Knightley.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Literature, film and TV
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Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

Stourhead was one of the film locations for the film version of Pride & Prejudice and makes a romantic place for an afternoon stroll.

Location: Mere, Wiltshire

Picturesque places
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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Discover West Bay and soak up the setting that helped inspire TV’s Broadchurch.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

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Cast a spell at Arley Hall and Gardens

Cast a spell at Arley Hall and Gardens

Explore the magical home of multi-part movie, 'Evermoor', a Disney production filmed at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire's Northwich.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Visit the most filmed county in England

Visit the most filmed county in England

Be part of a film set in Buckinghamshire and visit the backdrops of famous film – from Bond to Bridget Jones, Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes.

Location: Various locations, Buckinghamshire

Countryside
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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Recognisable by many Midsomer Murders fans, The Stag and Huntsman is located in the beautiful village of Hambleden.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

Literature, film and TV
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Enter a movie-star house

Enter a movie-star house

The 15th-century Athelhampton House is steeped in history and has enjoyed TV and film fame.

Location: Athelhampton, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Witness War Horse’s bleak and beautiful backdrop

Witness War Horse’s bleak and beautiful backdrop

For many filmgoers one of the strengths of the hugely successful ‘War Horse’ was the bleak but beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor in Devon.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

National Parks
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Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Visit the real Wayne Manor in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall took on a very special role in when it appeared as ‘Wayne Manor’ in the blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

You can catch a must-see movie ahead of its release and question the director about what inspired them at the CINECITY Brighton Film Festival.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Culture
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See where ‘Little Voice’ was filmed on Yorkshire’s coast

See where ‘Little Voice’ was filmed on Yorkshire’s coast

Visit Scarborough and follow in the footsteps of Jane Horrocks as she played her role in ‘Little Voice’, the 1998 BAFTA and Oscar nominated film.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Bram Stoker Film Festival

Bram Stoker Film Festival

Distinctly dark surprises on the east coast.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Events
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Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Join a Christmas Carol guided tour to see some of the film’s most memorable locations.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Tours and trails
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Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

There are over 200 films to choose from at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

Literature, film and TV
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London Film Locations Tour

London Film Locations Tour

A whizz around London's famous film backdrops, visiting around 40 different locations.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’ TV drama series

Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’ TV drama series

See where the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses took place at Tewkesbury, discovering the story behind Philippa Gregory’s ‘The White Queen’.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Culture

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