5 things to do in Kent this week - Visit Kent’s filming locations

PUBLISHED: 11:40 30 November 2020

Chiddingstone (c) Derek Winterburn, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chiddingstone (c) Derek Winterburn, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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While Kent’s busy events schedule takes a hiatus during this latest lockdown, we’ll be suggesting a selection of outdoor and home-based activities that all comply with the latest guidelines

This week we’ll be featuring a selection of Kent’s filming locations that you can visit yourself or spot in one of these hit films. Please check all local information through the links provided before heading out as indoor locations may not be open but outdoor areas may still be accessible

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

The historical drama based on the story of the dual queens Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I - played by Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie respectively – and the conflict of 1569. The beautiful medieval Penshurst Place in Kent was used in the film with the Baron’s Hall and the Inner Courtyard featuring in scenes throughout.

The house is closed for the winter season but the parkland remains open. Click here to read more about the house’s stunning gardens.

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Hawkinge and Saltwood Castle in Hythe both featured in the Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week with Marilyn. The film stars Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne and there are fabulous shots of the interiors at Saltwood Castle and of the pretty town of Hawkinge.

Click here for a walk that goes past Saltwood Castle.

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Several locations around Kent are used in this historical drama about Mary and Anne Boleyn’s contest for the affection of King Henry VIII, The Other Boleyn Girl. Hollywood superstars Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman touched down in the Garden of England at several resplendent Kentish locations including Dover Castle and Knole House.

Here’s more about Kent’s many castles.

The Wind in the Willows (1996)

Walt Disney’s The Wind in the Willows: Mr Toad’s Wild Ride had scenes filmed in the grand Dover Castle and in the pretty, historic village of Chiddingstone. Actors including Steve Coogan, John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Michael Palin filmed in the village post office which was transformed into an inn and Dover Castle which became a prison.

Read more about pretty Chiddingstone.

Great Expectations (2011)

The 2011 Christmas adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, starring Douglas Booth and Gillian Anderson made use of the ancient St Thomas a Beckett Church in the village of Fairfield at Romney Marsh. The opening scenes see Pip (played by Booth) wandering through the marshes, and the filming team seemed to find the perfect spot to depict this at the Marsh.

Click here to read about a clothing company inspired by Romney Marsh.

Click here to see our full list of Kent filming locations

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For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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