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Lights, Camera, Action - Filming in Basingstoke and Deane

Basingstoke and Deane may not be the first location that springs to mind when you are looking to film but you may be surprised to find out what has previously been filmed in the borough…

North of the town centre is Stratfield Saye House where the battle scenes were shot for wartime epic, War Horse. The impressive Highclere Castle was home to Lord and Lady Grantham in ITV drama Downton Abbey. The Monuments Men was filmed at Bramley Camp and the scenes for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies were shot at Basing House and Amazon made use of the iconic grade II listed ‘Plant’ building known locally as the ‘Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke’ to film Citadel.

Lots of other films, tv shows, bloggers and commercials have also used Basingstoke and Deane as their shooting location.

Planning your next filming project?

Whether you are a blogger, film maker or business, make sure you think about Basingstoke and Deane for your next project. With great transport links, beautiful countryside and interesting locations, it’s perfect. Here are just some of the beautiful locations you could consider:

Chilton Manor Farm offers a diverse range of spaces to suit many briefs including parkland, the café, barn and loft. There are expansive views from fields of corn, enchanting woodland, to the backdrop of their vintage gypsy caravan.

With acres of beautiful scenery, elegant English charm and homely atmosphere, Silchester Farm has everything you can expect from a luxurious countryside venue, perfect for film shoots that need a touch of splendour in a rural setting.

We have two National Trust properties in the borough which can be used as film locations. Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere is a 1920s red-brick chapel complex containing murals painted by Stanley Spencer, depicting his First World War experiences. The Vyne is a grand Tudor house with additions from other centuries set in attractive gardens. It also features woodland and lakes.

The Vyne ©National Trust Images/John Miller

Hampshire Cultural Trust run Milestones Museum and Basing House, both of which are available for filming and have on-site parking, facilities and provision for catering and green rooms.  At Milestones Museum you’ll find life-sized immersive cobbled streets, the ‘world famous’ Milestones Pier, Teddy Bear Museum, vintage vehicles from Thornycroft and industrial objects, an operating pub, 1940s sweet shop and more. The museum is split across two levels and contains the detailed recreation of life from the Victorian times through to the 1930s and 1940s, with buildings, shops and vehicles recreated and restored. Just a short walk along the river Loddon lies Basing House, located in Old Basing. Basing House is a versatile location featuring, brick-lined fishponds, a battle-scarred Great Barn, dating from 1535, meadow and the ruins of the once great main house. The ruins are set in extensive 14-acre grounds alongside a Jacobean walled garden, visitor centre, cow byre and the Basing House Museum which holds artefacts found on the site and the full story of the house.

The Walled Garden at Basing House, courtesy of Hampshire Cultural Trust

Looking for a prestigious Green Flag status park to film in? Basingstoke has three to choose from.

In Eastrop Park you will find a boating lake, tree trail, trim trail, children’s play area and a paddling pool and with the River Loddon running through the park, feeding into a balancing pond in the wildlife area you will have a great choice of backdrops

The War Memorial Park is a historic Georgian park that has an attractive parkland landscape of mature trees and garden features, it also has a bandstand, aviary, play area, BMX/skatepark, sports pitches and all-weather tennis courts.

Beggarwood Woodland Park is a 24-hectare site designated as a Local Nature Reserve, with many fantastic recreational facilities.

How to go about it

  1. Look for your location – you’ll find some ideas above but you can also contact Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for ideas. Most locations will look at applications on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Once you’ve decided on your location, if it’s on council land, a highway or on of the borough’s beautiful parks you’ll need to get in touch with the council who arrange permits, permissions, filming agreements and risk assessments. They encourage filming within the borough, supporting local film makers, festivals and industry related events.
  3. Take a look at the filming guidelines on the Hampshire County Council website. If you are filming on a highway, read Hampshire County Council’s guidelines here.
  4. If you need any support or have any questions about filming in the borough, the council is there to help and can be contacted at business@basingstoke.gov.uk or 01256 845356.

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