Eastnor Castle has a history of filming and television credits going back almost 50 years.
It was first ‘discovered’ as a film location for the movie industry by MGM studios back in 1969 who at the time were looking for a suitable ‘English Lord’s castle’ for the comedy film “One More Time” starring Sammy Davis Jr and directed by legendary comedian Jerry Lewis.
Since then the castle has been in regular demand for a wide variety of productions including television series, one-off documentaries, dramas and light entertainment programming, particularly for BBC Television.
There is ample hard standing for unit vehicles around the castle and we have 3-phase power if required. We also have a spare office available for production use, a tearoom where food and drinks can be provided and a helicopter pad.
We welcome most film location work at Eastnor and our fees are based on the level of disruption, areas and space required as well as the time of year.
Eastnor Castle has provided the a number of film location backdrops, perhaps most notably ‘One More Time’ (1969) starring Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. BBC television filmed some scenes for ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ starring Nicholas Lyndhurst in 1976 In 1984, both the band Slade and the BBC made use of the castle.
Slade used it to film their video for “Run Runaway” and the BBC to film the exterior shots of Abner Brown’s theological college in their adaptation of The Box of Delights. The 1986 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde‘s The Canterville Ghost was also shot here. The BBC TV mini-series adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy in 1995 featured numerous scenes of the castle and grounds.
During the summer of 2010 the American reality competition television program, The Amazing Race, filmed a number of tasks of a medieval theme at the castle for the first episode of season seventeen of the program including the first ‘pit stop’ of the race.
“120 miles from London and well worth the fight to be out of the 25 mile radius. Eastnor is a magical and wonderful location to film at, it has everything. One of the very few intact and privately owned castles that is a rare Gothic Revival stately dream. Because it is a working home it is not too precious and is therefore more ideal for working with film crews. The owner James is very accommodating and so are all the amazing staff that work for him, it is a “can” do environment in which they work. Anything is possible. Apart from having a very happy time filming in every kind of weather, snow, ice, floods and high winds we were able to able to continue. The castle itself is also a star, it is nestled into the Malvern valley with beautiful surrounding countryside, but the interiors are a dream with rich colours that are set off with the beautiful interiors by Pugin. I can’t wait to come back and hope I am involved with another project that I can use Eastnor for.”
SUE QUINN – LOCATION MANAGER