Ever since the 1920’s Yorkshire has been one of the central hubs for the UK’s film and television industry; and has even garnered the nickname, Celluloid Dale. Way before Hollywood back in the 1880’s a French photographer named Louis Le Prince created moving images while working in Leeds. Roughly ten years later, one of the first commercial cinema screenings took place in the Peoples’ Palace in Bradford. Soon after a number of Yorkshire-based production companies formed and filmmakers from all over the UK made their way up north and take advantage of the spectacular scenery.
So if you are planning your wedding and love films and television, why not consider Yorkshire as your location?
Yorkshire in the Movies
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a protected area of land that has been used as the backdrop for some of the most picturesque scenes in cinema. One of the most notable landmarks is Aysgarth Falls, which is where Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood famously fought against Little John in Prince of Thieves. Yorkshire also has its darker side, making it a firm favourite among horror directors. The Whitby Abbey is situated above a cliff top and provided the original inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This location spawned two film adaptions of the classic novel, Dracula (1931) and Count Dracula (1977). More recently the Yorkshire Dales was used as the eerie setting for both The Woman in Black and The Wolfman. But not all of Yorkshire is made up of secluded villages in the country; the Red Riding Trilogy was filmed in the urban settings of Leeds and Bradford and featured both the Brudenell Social Club and Connaught Rooms. Academy Award nominated The Full Monty was also shot around the steelworks of Sheffield. Visitors can even pop by the Shiregreen Working Men’s Club and take a peek at where the lads performed their famous striptease. However, one of the most breathtaking places in all of Yorkshire is without a doubt the Newby Hall, which was the primary filming location for ITV’s adaption of Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park. This manor house contains over 25 acres of stunning gardens, a woodland walk and a miniature railway.
This would make your Asian wedding unique and wonderful.
Yorkshire in Television
Some of Britain’s the best loved television shows have also been filmed in Yorkshire. Emmerdale, the UK’s second longest running television soap was originally filmed on location in the village of Esholt. Although the series is now filmed in a closed set, it’s still possible to travel to Esholt and enjoy a pint at the real Woolpack. The Last of the Summer Wine was Britain’s longest running comedy series and many of the canal scenes were shot in Slaithwaite. Even though the show ended in 2010, the area is a well-known tourist destination and visitors can still pop-by Compo’s House to view a vast collection of photographs and original memorabilia. Other villages, such as Goathland have formed the backdrop for Aidensfield, the fictional village in Heartbeat. Goathland railway station was also the location of Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – an essential pilgrimage for any die-hard fan.
To this day the British film and television industry continues to thrive in Yorkshire, making it a must-visit tourist destination for any film buff. Each year more and more production companies venture north to film in the traditional villages, stunning countryside and historical monuments, reinforcing its label as “The Hollywood of Great Britain.”