Literature, film and TV

Many of our famous writers have been inspired by the drama of the landscape. Wordsworth loved the light on a Cumbrian lake. The wildness of the Yorkshire Moors compelled Emily Bronte to write Wuthering Heights. The misty marshlands of Kent feature in many of Charles Dickens’ novels, and the rural idylls of Dorset were beloved by Thomas Hardy. But if writing a great English novel is not on your agenda, visit one of the many stately homes which are regularly used for film locations and TV locations. Make your own costume drama at houses like Highclere Castle, the setting of the fictional Downton Abbey.

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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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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Discover the trials and tribulations of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins which formed the basis for the novel ‘The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices’.

Location: Allonby, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

Coast
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Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Arrange a private tour or join one of the weekly walks and talks covering a massive range of topics including Dickens and Authors of Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Wonder around the medieval village of Lacock and see why this village has been used for many a movie scene…

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Literature, film and TV
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Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth

Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth

Take a literary tour of the homes of one of England’s great romantic poets.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Keat's Walk

Keat's Walk

Retrace the footsteps of one of England’s most celebrated poets – Keats.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Free
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Discover Enid Blyton's Old Thatch Gardens

Discover Enid Blyton's Old Thatch Gardens

A quintessentially English garden situated close to the River Thames and the Chiltern Hills

Location: Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover Portsmouth’s famous figures by bike

Discover Portsmouth’s famous figures by bike

The Famous Figures cycle ride takes you on a tour to uncover some of Portsmouth’s most well-known inhabitants of past and present.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Budget
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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

The Good Old Days are back with a little help from the country’s top-performing acts.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Spend a day on the trail in London of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr Watson.

Location: London

Rainy day ideas
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A Famous Five adventure

A Famous Five adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with some castle capers and a seaside adventure by steam railway.

Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset

Literature, film and TV
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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

Free
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See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

A.E. Housman is best known for his book of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’, in which he captured the essence of Shropshire.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

Unique Experiences
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Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Explore the former home of writer Rudyard Kipling

Bateman’s is a 17th Century house built in a Wealden Valley, and was once home to Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

Literature, film and TV
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Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries

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