Nick Beech in Film & TV

01/08/2017

Take a trip to Cheshire East

On the 4th July we took a select group of producers and location managers on a familiarisation tour of some of Cheshire East’s most interesting, historical and varied filming locations, in partnership with Cheshire East Council.


"The Creative England locations day around Cheshire East was fantastic. The event was very well organised and we saw a great selection of locations from stately homes to nuclear bunkers! We were well looked after throughout the day. I am looking forward to the next location event!”

Judith Chan, Envelope Films

The day started with a visit to Tatton Estate, the largest private land owner in Cheshire East which spans Knutsford, Peover and Ashley. The estate is a popular filming location, home to CBBC’s Worst Witch and featuring in BBC’s hit drama Peaky Blinders. Our first stop, we explored the vast grounds and studios which make the area a must-see for any location scout.

The tour was given exclusive access to Peover Hall, a magnificent grade II listed Elizabethan family house originally dating from 1585. The Hall as it currently stands has been carved out of the original buildings, which were substantially added to over 400 years, and restored to its original 16th Century design.  Richly decorated with traditional features and lived in as a family home, it is a beautiful property which has already featured in Channel 4’s popular comedy Fresh Meat.

The next stop was Crewe Hall,a grade I Jacobean Mansion located near Crewe Green. Magnificently restored in the 1860s after a fire, the property has been preserved and is now used as a hotel, restaurant and health club. Here the tour took a break for afternoon tea, but not before exploring the many gorgeous & historic rooms, including the stunning Marble Hall, the grand library, and ornate 17th century chapel. The Hall is replete with fantastic period features and detailing, including exquisite marble fireplaces, intricate woodwork and ornate strap work ceilings– viewing highly recommended!

Next up was Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, built during the Cold War era as part of a vast secret radar network code named ‘ROTOR’ and strictly classified for 50 years, the bunker only became public knowledge in 1993 and is now available to visit. The tour was given exclusive access across the 35,000-square foot underground bunker, visiting the control room, broadcasting room, and seeing the old technology which was cutting edge at its time.

The tour then visited Crewe Lyceum Theatre, a fantastically preserved Edwardian theatre in the heart of the city. Over 100 years old, the theatre is a testament to the grand theatres of old, complete with ornate private boxes and plush red velvet seats, and numerous classic touches now rarely seen.

The final stop of the day was Henbury Hall, a classic Venetian summer house set within 1000 acres of beautiful parkland & farmland, and 12 acres of gardens. The Hall is an incredible reproduction of a real Venetian summer house, with its rare dome giving fantastic light to the beautiful open space inside. Built, astonishingly, in the 1980s, with an extraordinary eye for detail and palpable care, the Hall really has to be seen to be believed. We were generously given exclusive access to the property, including a tour of some of the vast 1000 acres of park and farmland with 12 acres of gardens the estate boasts, taking in featuring varied fauna and flora, tennis court, sculpted hedges, and a pool house with a real rock waterfall. Unfortunately this stunning property is not open to the public  - filming enquiries, however, are welcome!

I’d like to thank our delivery partners Cheshire East Council for helping us to make this day such a success, and giving us a chance to show off a flavour of the vast range of locations in the district, as well as for being incredibly & reliably film friendly and helping make Cheshire East a brilliant place to film.

If you’d like to see more of these fantastic locations, you can do so here.

Or if you’d like to know more, please get in touch.

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