“It’s not just the glorious vistas, the famous skies, the coastline, the market towns, and the sheer variety of landscape and location that the county of Norfolk offers – it’s something else, something to do with the authentic continuity of character and difference that has run through the people and the place that lends Norfolk its uniqueness, charm, quirkiness, beauty and grandeur. I’m prejudiced because I grew up here and live here still, but I’m more prejudiced because I’ve filmed here and I know that there’s no experience like it…” Stephen Fry
“Norfolk is a stunning film location. A vast range of spectacular visuals and a wonderfully welcoming population. I had a truly memorable experience working in this part of the world and can’t wait to return.” Sir Kenneth Branagh
It is no secret that Norfolk has a rich background of film and TV productions with many well-known programmes and films being shot in the County ranging from Classic TV shows such as Dad’s Army to epic Hollywood Blockbusters like Shakespeare in Love, Jack The Giant Slayer, Stardust, Avengers: Age of Ultron to British Feature Classics including 45 Years, Yesterday, The Souvenir and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Here a few quotes about Filming in Norfolk.
“Filming in Norfolk was such a wonderful experience. Norfolk Screen were instrumental in helping us source our local crew who worked tirelessly and with unending enthusiasm, and everywhere we went we were supported and made to feel so welcome. We also had excellent access to world-class, unspoilt locations – from winding country roads to the stunning North Norfolk coast. Watching the sun rise on the sands of Hunstanton beach made the early starts that much easier. I am already looking out for an excuse to return.“ Paul Webster (Producer – Spencer).
“Norfolk is one of the most atmospheric and unspoilt places in the UK to film – and we could not have asked for a better set of landscapes, marshland and beaches with which to visualise the world of David Copperfield. Digging in with a cast and crew in Norfolk made the experience of making a film even richer than usual.” Kevin Loader (Producer – The Personal History of David Copperfield).
“It was an absolute pleasure to film in Norwich. The people were extremely welcoming and the council couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. Everyone involved was super helpful. A wonderful experience!” Lynsey Cosford (Location Manager – Netflix’s Jingle Jangle).
“Norfolk is a special county – for many still an unknown secret! With vast sandy beaches, historical buildings, the broads and beautiful countryside, there are potential film locations everywhere…” Jake Humphrey (TV Presenter and Journalist)
Norfolk’s dynamic history and culture has helped to contribute to its vibrant character; from the complete medieval street of Elm Hill, the incredible Norwich Cathedral and Castle to, arguably, the most stunning coastline in the world and, of course, the best river system in the UK, the Norfolk Broads. All this is topped off with Norfolk’s big open skies, iconic landmarks, award-winning facilities/services and an array of talented crew, all easily located within reach of London and offering ample opportunities at a competitive price.
Further to this with the UK Tax Break system for incoming productions, Norfolk really could be your next filming destination. So here is a few examples of just what Norfolk can offer.
Norfolk’s Facilities, Services & Crew
Norfolk has a long and established production history dating back to the days of Anglia TV and over the years it has seen a development of studio spaces, such as Epic Broadcast Studios, October Studios and Raynham Hanger Studios. There are also a number of award-winning companies including Ember Films which is an independent production company with multiple Emmy wins and BAFTA nominations, to outstanding award-winning VFX companies, such as Lexhag. Norfolk’s Facilities & Services are outstanding in their approach and you can find out more about what Norfolk has to offer from our local database.
The County also boasts an incredible list of skilled and locally-based crew ranging from the fields of sound, direction, cinematography to runners. For more information about local talent please check out Norfolk Screen’s Cast & Crew database here.
Norfolk is easily located within reach of London and and provides a gateway to some of the best locations in the UK. With over 90 miles of unspoilt coastline, breathtaking countryside, historic stately houses, incredible rivers including the Broads National Park that boasts over 125 miles of lock-free waterways, picturesque market towns and one of the UK’s finest cities, Norwich. The city features the stunning Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, a medieval street, outstanding architecture and a thriving outdoor market. Check out a selection of Norfolk’s stunning locations here.
Norfolk Screen is also proud to be a Filming in England Partner.