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If you’ve ever watched a movie or TV show and found yourself wondering where it was set, then set-jetting could be just what you’ve been looking for on your next touring adventure.
If you’ve ever watched a movie or TV show and found yourself wondering where it was set, then set-jetting could be just what you’ve been looking for on your next touring adventure. Although a relatively new term, ‘set-jetting’ describes the activity of visiting and exploring film and TV set locations whilst on holiday.
Whether you want to follow in the magical footsteps of Harry Potter or be a part of the drama of Downton Abbey, set-jetting couldn't be easier with many of our Club campsites located near the iconic shooting locations.
Stay: Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park, Highlands, Scotland
Netflix’s epic series The Crown has dramatised the ups and downs of the Royal Family across five seasons to date, and the Cairngorms National Park is the place to go if you’re a fan. The Rothiemurchus Estate stood in for Braemar and its famous Highland games gathering during season four, while Ardverikie House doubled as Balmoral Castle. As a bonus, the Ardverikie Estate was also the location for the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen and appears in the films Mrs Brown and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. While there is public access, please note that vehicles are not allowed onto the estate.
Stay: Chatsworth Park Club Campsite, Derbyshire, England
Fans of period drama should head for the Chatsworth Estate. The 2005 adaption of Pride & Prejudice, staring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, used Chatsworth as the setting for Pemberley – fittingly, as it is believed that the estate inspired Jane Austen during a stay in nearby Bakewell. It has also appeared in The Duchess, Peaky Blinders and The Wolfman.
Stay: Tredegar House Country Park Club Campsite, Newport, Wales
Tredegar House, the Carolean stately home that’s just a stone’s throw from Tredegar House Country Park Club Campsite, has appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who, particularly during David Tennant’s first stint as the ‘Time Lord’. Keen telly addicts may also spot the house in Sherlock, the recently-revived Upstairs, Downstairs and the First World War drama Journey’s End.
Stay: Woods Caravan Park, Stirling, Scotland
Have you watched Game of Thrones? If so, then the majestic Doune Castle near The Woods Caravan Park Affiliated campsite might look familiar – it was one of the locations used for the setting of Winterfell, the under-siege stronghold of the Stark family. Themed tours are available – see visitscotland.com to book in advance. The castle also played host to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Ivanhoe and appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Stay: Bunree Club Campsite, Highlands, Scotland; Abbey Wood Club Campsite, London, England; Burford Club Campsite, Oxfordshire, England; Henley Four Oaks Club Campsite, Oxfordshire, England; Durham Grange Club Campsite, Durham, England
There are lots of Harry Potter-related film locations across the UK... and lots of Club campsites near them! The majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William in Scotland, has become linked with the Hogwarts Express, the train that Potter and his wizard pals catch to school (stay at Bunree Club Campsite).
If you head for King’s Cross while visiting Abbey Wood Club Campsite you can see the famous ‘Platform 9¾’, from which the train departs. (While you’re in London, Leadenhall Market doubled for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).
How about a day out in Oxford, where many scenes were filmed in the university buildings? Several tours operate in the city, which makes for a great day trip from Burford Club Campsite or Henley Four Oaks Club Campsite. Durham Cathedral – stay at Durham Grange Club Campsite – also hosted the Potter cast and crew across a couple of the films.
If you fancy exploring a wider range of locations then why not take a trip to the historic county of Yorkshire or the lively city of Liverpool, both of which have been home to many movies and TV shows.
When it comes to Yorkshire, there’s so much for the avid set-jetter to choose from. The village of Goathland doubled as Aidensfield in the ITV series Hearbeat (stay at North Yorkshire Moors Club Campsite or The Howard, Rosedale Abbey Club Campsite), while both the original All Creatures Great and Small and the recent remake have made extensive use of the magnificent Dales scenery. Hawes Club Campsite and Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite are your best bet for a James Herriott-themed day out.
Liverpool’s impressive architecture means that the city often stands in for major cities from around the globe, including Chicago and New York. Recent productions making use of the interiors and exteriors include The Batman, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Captain America: The First Avenger. Stay at Southport Club Campsite and see how many you can discover.
Don’t forget, under 5s and dogs stay for free at all UK Club campsites, while awnings are included at no extra cost at all UK Club campsites when staying on an appropriate pitch type. What’s more, as a member of the Club you also have exclusive access to over 2,200 Certificated Locations (CLs).