Small screen to big screen, from the silent era to the Game of Thrones phenomenon, we are a nation of film lovers!
Given the plethora of gadgets and platforms on which we can see ‘the flicks’, we are never more than a swipe away from watching a blockbuster movie or an award-winning drama series.
And it’s just as fascinating to see where the location scouts plump for when they seek the perfect backdrop and scenery.
Many places in the UK that have doubled up as film locations have coined in on the fact – think Harry Potter, Poldark, and Dad’s Army (the new version)!
Scotland is understandably a popular place for movie directors to unfold their director’s chair, and Sands Farm Wigwams is close to where What We Did On Our Holiday (starring Billy Connolly), Stardust (with Sienna Miller) and, yes, the Haig Club whisky advertisement starring David Beckham was filmed near here. Other whisky brands are available!
The global phenomenon that is the Game of Thrones has done for Northern Ireland what Lord of the Rings did for New Zealand! The rugged coast of Northern Ireland has a starring role in HBO’s global phenomenon, with Causeway Coast Wigwams just a fifteen-minute drive from Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour and other locations that appear in this iconic series.
The Railway Man, a best-selling book and a film starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is set near Tantallon Wigwams in East Lothian.
If you’re a fan of some or all of the many soap operas which are screened most weeknights, then consider Esholt, the original village for the long-running Yorkshire-based agricultural/village drama Emmerdale.
No doubt the writers of Emmerdale visited Haworth, the home of the Bronte family and the historic Parsonage. This Pennine village recently featured on Celebrity Masterchef in which culinary contestants prepared a robust lunch in a grassy meadow with the misty moors behind them!
And if this is your cup of tea, then stay at Clarion Lodge Wigwams, near the great northern city of Leeds.
Fans of the ITV series The Royal (a spin-off from the hugely successful Heartbeat series) can visit the well-known clock tower landmark in Scarborough, and see how healthcare used to be in the swinging Sixties.
While it’s continually debated as to what constitutes a cult film, Highlander (the 1986 version, for clarification!), was filmed in Glencoe, and it’s worth mentioning that Rob Roy starring Liam Neeson (1995) was also filmed nearby.
Glencoe is obviously a popular choice for film crews as parts of the Monty Python film, The Holy Grail, was also filmed in the Glencoe area. Want to absorb the atmosphere? Then visit Acharn Wigwams.
With scenery that is ‘jaw-droppingly’ beautiful, it isn’t surprising that Cornwall tops the list of film locations! Poldark we’ve already mentioned, but did you know that Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland featured Antony House, the 1993 adaptation of The Three Musketeers was filmed at Charlestown and even James Bond’s Die Another Day was filmed at the Eden Project all of which are in the county, along with some spectacular glamping sites.
As the credits roll on this blog, why not feast your eyes on some of the titles mentioned above, be inspired to book a glamping break – and don’t forget the popcorn!