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Film and heritage trail comes to Kent

PUBLISHED: 09:08 09 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 09 May 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown, Robert Viglasky

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown, Robert Viglasky

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'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Wolf Hall' and 'The Hollow Crown', huge films and television series have been filmed in Kent and now you can visit all these locations and more

Film fans and history buffs are invited to retrace the steps of Tudor and cinematic royalty as a brand new film & heritage tourism trail is launched in Kent.

The Kent County Council Film Office, working with Visit Kent, has produced a brand new Tudor-themed visitor trail of 28 heritage sites that have appeared in, or inspired big and small screen period productions.

The Tudor(ish) Trail – available to download from www.kentfilmoffice.co.uk – guides visitors around the county’s stunning heritage film locations, such as Leeds Castle, Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Dover Castle and Knole.

The trail’s release coincides with the premiere of BBC Two’s The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, a large portion of which was filmed in Kent.

Visit Kent chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE said: “Whether you are a history lover, a film buff or you’re just crazy about Cumberbatch, we hope this new guide will inspire you to discover The Garden of England’s glitzy, gory and glorious film heritage.

“Not only can you visit your favourite period locations frequented by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Scarlett Johansson, but you can also spend the night there! Leeds Castle, Dover Castle and Hever Castle all offer unique accommodation, so visitors can truly lose themselves in Kent’s cinematic past.

“We hope this new guide by Kent Film Office will further inspire people to visit Kent and the gorgeous locations that have dazzled them on screen.”

This new three-part series of The Hollow Crown airs on Saturday 7th May, with adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part One, Henry VI Part Two and Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville.

Many of Cumberbatch’s key scenes for Richard III were shot on location in Kent – including the famous opening soliloquy (on the moat of Leeds Castle), and interior and exterior scenes at Dover Castle and Penshurst Place.

The Tudor(ish) Trail was created by the Kent County Council Film Office, in collaboration with Visit Kent, Explore Kent, Produced in Kent and the attractions featured. The Film Office supports dozens of big and small screen productions in Kent every year, which have brought in an estimated £25 million of direct spend - £50 million in wider economic benefits - to the Kent economy since its formation in 2006.

Other Kent film themed trails include Austen, Bond, Dickens and the Darling Buds of May, as well as the Kent Movie Map which details more than 200 productions filmed across nearly 300 Kent locations.

KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development Mark Dance said: “We’re extremely proud of our Kentish heritage and it’s always wonderful to see our county appear on both the big and small screen. I hope people will enjoy looking up the locations and taking a tour around some of the fine sites captured on film.”

Kent County Council Film Office manager Gabrielle Lindemann said: “Our Movie Trails are a great opportunity to showcase some of the work the Kent Film Office does to attract and support productions and celebrate all the inspiring locations the county has to offer.”

The Tudor(ish) Trail is available online as an interactive map or as a PDF download, and booklets are also available at the locations featured, tourist information centres and libraries.

Discover the Tudor Trail at: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/tudorish-trail

For more information about Kent, please visit www.visitkent.co.uk

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