North Hertfordshire offers a diverse range of film locations with rural settings, woodlands, picturesque villages, historic market towns and the world’s first garden city, Letchworth.
We are keen to encourage film and television companies to film in the area. North Hertfordshire has an established pedigree as a film and TV destination because of its proximity to a number of major studios and the variety of locations it provides.
Who to contact
Please let us know about any filming you are planning on doing using the form below. This information will be circulated to the North Herts Safety Advisory Group.
Our Communications Team can offer advice on suitable filming locations in North Herts, provide contact information and answer general enquiries about filming on the public highway and when you need to inform the local police.
Email email@example.com or call: 01462 474210.
Permission to film
Before you can begin filming you will need to seek permission from the landowner. You may need to seek permission if you are:
- using a drone - the Civil Aviation Authority website gives advice and guidance
- filming on the highway - you will need to contact Hertfordshire Highways for permission (see below).
Filming on the highway
For any filming on a highway, you also need to complete the Hertfordshire Highways application form - Filming on highways.
You will need to provide:
- public liability insurance to the value of £10m
- risk assessments that are location specific and include measures on how the public will be protected
- residents/businesses letter, where applicable
- traffic management plan, where applicable.
Recent filming in North Hertfordshire
Boots Summer 2017 Advert
Leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer Boots made waves at the Letchworth Outdoor Pool in May 2017 when a production company filmed their summer television advertising campaign there.
The production team ‘Sonny London’ arrived on site the morning prior to the start of the shoot to build and dress the set ready to film Boots summer campaign, bringing with them a crew of around 250 people. Filming took place over the next two days and it aired in June 2017.
The World's End (2013)
The World's End was partly filmed in around Letchworth in 2012 and was released in the UK in July 2013. Acclaimed actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine star as five childhood friends who reunite after 20 years to repeat a legendary pub-crawl from their youth, returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub, ‘The World’s End’.
Camilla Stephenson, Supervising Location Manager on The World’s End, talks about her filming experience in Letchworth:
“Working in Letchworth was a brilliant opportunity that is rare - to have a town play such an important role in the film. North Herts District Council embraced us fully with a truly positive perspective. They allowed night filming and road closures that would otherwise have made our filming process almost impossible with great grace and although we tried to minimise the levels of disruption caused, inevitably with the scale of our crew and the ambitions of the Director, the impact of the film was felt throughout the town and was in general met with kindness and enthusiasm. We hope that we also added an overall revenue to the town for a few short weeks and we hope that the film brings them business and visitor interest in the future.”
North Hertfordshire’s Filmography
North Hertfordshire’s striking scenery has attracted filmmakers from the 1950s to the present day. With over 30 productions using locations in North Hertfordshire including award-winning films The King’s Speech, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and Batman Begins, the area offers a collection of ideal filming locations.
Film Friendly Partnership Charter
North Herts Council is a member of Creative England’s Film Friendly Partnership network, welcoming filming to North Hertfordshire and ensuring cooperation and commitment to assist film and television production.
For enquiries including locations, studios, facilities and crew, or to seek advice on any of the above, please contact Joely Ellis, Production Liaison Manager, East & South East of England: Joely.Ellis@creativeengland.co.uk
For general enquiries, please contact Creative England’s Production Services team on +44 (0)208 324 2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in registering on the Creative England database? Your property could be just what filmmakers are looking for, be it a cottage or a castle, a suburban semi or stately home. If your property is based in England, outside of London, find out more and register on Creative England’s free database.
Creative England’s database also includes local crew and facilities. Registration is free, so whether you are an experienced professional or new entrant, an established business or start-up company, register on the database so productions filming in the region can find you.