New Screen Tourism Website Launches

New Screen Tourism Website Launches

Inviting audiences to visit filming locations

A new and exciting initiative designed to encourage tourists to visit to a rapidly growing number of Yorkshire locations showcased in hugely successful TV and film series has been launched by Screen Yorkshire.

The new Filmed in Yorkshire website was launched to help boost the Yorkshire tourist trade in the wake of Covid-19 and the nationwide lockdown.

It details where visitors can find some of the beautiful and dramatic locations used in high-profile TV series like All Creatures Great and Small, Ackley Bridge, Gentleman Jack and Victoria, which are open to the public.

Gentleman Jack

News of the website coincided with record-breaking ratings for the first two weeks of the new-look All Creatures Great and Small on Channel 5.  Set in the glorious Yorkshire Dales, the drama is based on James Herriot’s beloved stories, filmed in the region and part-financed by Screen Yorkshire.

Visitors to the new website will be able to explore filming locations through a navigational map, photographs and production information, which highlights destinations such as the historic village of Grassington, which plays a central role as Darrowby village in All Creatures Great and Small. Other natural beauty spots and historic landmarks in the surrounding valleys and Dales that play supporting roles in the drama include Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Bolton Abbey, all of which were part of bringing Herriot’s charming 1930s world to life.

Top Left: Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), Top Right: Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse), Middle: James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), Bottom: Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley)

Victoria filming at Bramham Park

Visitor numbers to Yorkshire increased rapidly pre-COVID-19, following the success of hit shows such as ‘Gentleman Jack’ ‘Victoria’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ spectacularly showcasing wonderful heritage buildings and stunning scenery. It’s no surprise that after seeing Yorkshire on screen, people then want to experience its beauty and drama first hand. This new website offers TV and film fans from across the world the opportunity to find out more about where their favourite onscreen show was set and take a brilliant break in breathtaking Yorkshire.

James Mason, Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive

Other recent productions featured on the new website alongside their filming locations include; The Secret Garden, The English Game, Downton Abbey, The Personal History of David Copperfield and Peaky Blinders. Screen Yorkshire are continually developing the website, adding more historic productions, as well as highlighting upcoming TV and cinema releases. The site covers both drama and factual productions, where locations are open to the public. Screen Yorkshire will also develop a new screen tourism app next year to work alongside the website, and a suite of other screen-related materials.

Amir Wilson and Edan Hayhurst in The Secret Garden (2020). Filmed at Fountains Abbey.

We want to do our bit to help Yorkshire’s visitor economy and where better to start than with some of the fantastic locations which appear on our screens and are open to the public. Screen tourism is big business. On-screen locations are frequently cited as an important driver influencing choice of destination. Productions filmed in Yorkshire appear on screens in both the UK and across the world, and although domestic and international travel opportunities are limited at the moment, we hope this new site will lay the foundations for more visitors in the months and years ahead.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire

'The Personal History of David Copperfield' filming on location in Hull’s Old Town