Paddington returns to cinemas this week after an incredibly successful first outing.
The Peruvian bear, a family-favourite created by Michael Bond, made his cinematic debut in 2014 in the most successful non-US studio family film of all time. He now returns, voiced by Ben Whishaw, to face Phoenix Buchanan, a famous actor and villain of the film, played by Hugh Grant.
Known for its quaint and stylised take on Britain, the production took advantage of the wealth of stunning locations across the country to bring the story to life, working with Creative England and our Filming Partnership members to find the perfect places to take the production.
We looked the length and breadth of England to seek out film locations that were perfect for this quintessentially English story. Creative England were on board from the start, with local expertise to help us access a range of locations which form the backdrop to Paddington's latest adventures.
Jonah Coombes, Supervising Location Manager, Heyday Films
Hertfordshire’s Knebworth Park, a lavish Tudor stately home set in 250 acres of parkland, was the home of a fairground in the film, with hundreds of extras brought onto the set to create a bustling summer scene (although the filming actually took place in a particularly cold January!)
Creative England's Production Services team was also on hand to help orchestrate a scene at Yorkshire's Nidd Gorge Viaduct, with Filming Partner Harrogate Borough Council, which involved closing off a popular walking and cycling route to create a spectacular train scene over the iconic former railway track.
Creative England also helped to organise low flying helicopter flights over Ullswater, and shooting with tracking vehicles for the train scene, with help from filming partners Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Police, South Lakeland District Council and Eden District Council.
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