Whether it’s looking for locations for feature films, or simple generic beauty shots, Hampshire has a whole host of locations for filming purposes.
Places such as Farnborough and Blackbushe Airports have been used in films as varied as Inception and Rush respectively. But Hampshire is not just about finding locations where Hollywood can make a scene.
The fact that Hampshire has several of its own airports and is only half an hour from the world’s 7th busiest airport of Heathrow mean it’s easily accessible internationally. A direct train link from London also runs straight through the heart of the county so getting anywhere in the UK by public transport is easy.
Here are a few of the areas we love in particular. We’ve embedded as many useful links into this article for you as we can – if it’s written in pink, click on it and it SHOULD take you to the relevant webpage.
The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. This area of Hampshire covers the south of the county, stretching from Southampton in the east, down to the end of the Solent estuary and then over towards Dorset in the west. It covers a total area of 218 square miles.
Ponies, cattle and donkeys roam free in the park’s open spaces and the combination of forest, gently rolling small hills, open moors, heathlands and cliff tops provide amazing open backdrops for a whole host of possibly scenic requirements.
The South Coast
From Hayling Island and Portsmouth in the east, across to Gosport, Fareham, the Solent with Southampton at the top, and then over to Milford on Sea in the west, the coastal parts of Hampshire are rugged and varied. Drastic clifftops, both sandy and pebble beaches, as well as shipping lanes and fishing areas mean the variety of coastal backdrops can cater for almost all British coastal filming needs.
Cities and Towns
The towns and cities of Hampshire provide varied environments in which to film. The historical city of Winchester (the capital of England before London), the marine cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, onto the more modern large town of Basingstoke can give almost any ‘built up’ environment you might be in need of for your filming.
Whether you want to film in one of Hampshire many exclusive hotels such as The Four Seasons, The Aviator and Tylney Hall in the north, to the likes of Hotel du Vin in the centre of the County, and then The Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, Langstone Quays and Southampton Harbour Hotel in the south, or a more traditional open office environment, Hampshire can find the perfect location. Just because you’re producing a corporate video, it doesn’t mean any interview segments have to be dry and bland; Hampshire’s many locations can make such scenes engaging and dynamic.
Hampshire County Council (HCC) provide support services for any productions considering filming in Hampshire. They give guides to filming on roads, provide guidelines for all other types of locations and even have a function on their website via which you can search for possible appropriate locations. Permits are needed to film in a lot of places, but again, the relevant pages on the HCC website will steer you in the right direction for this.
Local Crews and Expertise
Of course through our experience in producing video content in the region, we can easily have access to the best available production crews, studios, locations and equipment to help facilitate your filming in Hampshire in as cost and time-efficient a manner as possible.
Please get in touch to find out more about how you can benefit from filming your video content in Hampshire – whether your filming involves us or not, we’re always happy to give our advice.