TV and Film Location | Secret Forest

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The Secrect Forest Movie Location

Why Choose our Location for your TV or Film?

The Secret Forest will make a great location for both film and TV and
we would like people to use our truly fantastic location.

In Summary:

  • Beautiful, natural forest environment with crazy tree roots climbing over statuesque limestone rock
  • Lots of different aspects for different themes within the ‘scowles’ (outdoor natural ‘rooms’)
  • Tolkien and JK Rowling gained their inspiration from here
  • Perfect for period historic dramas like Far From the Madding Crowd, fantastical movies like The Huntsman or natural history documentaries.
  • Cave and mine entrance features and recreated stone age roundhouses.
  • Plenty of space for support vehicles
  • Good local staff with discreet attitude

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An Ancient and Original Setting

Step into an ancient and primordial forest, a fairy tale world, complete with magnificent yews, gnarled with age, enchanting glades, and homesteads from man’s prehistory. The Secret Forest is a truly unique location because of its untouched natural space.

 

Situated on the border of Wales, the Secret Forest is ideal for fantasy epics, adventure, historical and period dramas and natural history documentaries. We featured as a cameo in The Huntsman: Winter’s War and although this was a major film with all the facilities demands, we were able to accommodate them and this has interested us in more filming of any genre so that we can invest in the future of the site as a natural, historical and literary education resource. 

Secret Forest Tv Movie Location

If you ever tried to imagine where Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings would be set in the real world, the Secret Forest is the place, because this is where JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling gained their inspiration from. It is easy to see why – the forest carries an air of mystery and intrigue, with settings and scenery perfect for a director’s grand vision:

Contact Elaine for more info or to arrange a visit

T: 077 8615 6646 E: info@secretforest.co.uk

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Natural and Historical Features

The forest looks wild and almost untouched, but the history of human activity goes back to the Stone Age. Here, in unique shallow recessions in the terrain known as scowles, iron was mined long before the Romans arrived in Britain.

The forest contains a mix of tree canopies – from dark and dense, to dappled light and full sunlight. The ancient mining activities also left visible beautiful rock formations. And below your feet are natural limestone caves and man-made tunnels, including a cavern that can hold over 500 people.

A circular path through the forest leads to a recreated Iron Age village, with three large Celtic roundhouses – complete with turf and thatched roofs and a stockade surrounding the village.

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Facilities and Logistics


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  • There is ample parking space for support vehicles
  • Our trained staff are friendly and discreet.
  • Kitchen and large but homely tearoom with woodburner (a 1950’s style old schoolroom with wooden floorboards and exposed beams)
  • Earth closet toilets
  • Space to build sets
  • Exclusive use of the site
  • Distances by car:
    • London: 2 hours 35 minutes
    • Tutshill (JK Rowling): 21 minutes
    • Lydney Park (JRR Tolkien): 14 minutes
    • Gloucester: 40 minutes
    • Cheltenham: 50 minutes
    • Monmouth: 19 minutes
    • Chepstow and the old Severn Bridge: 23 minutes
    • Newport: 45 minutes
    • Cardiff: 50 minutes
    • Swansea: 1 hour 32 minutes
    • Bristol: 46 minutes
    • Birmingham: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Manchester: 2 hours 56 minutes
    • Liverpool: 3 hours
    • Leeds: 3 hours 30 minutes
    • Edinburgh: 6hrs 22 minutes
    • Glasgow: 6 hours
    • Newcastle: 4 hours 50 minutes
    • Exeter: 1 hour 50 minutes
    • Southampton: 2 hours 9 minutes
  • From local private airfield English Bicknor 11 minutes by car.
  • From airports
    • From the local Staverton Airport 44 minutes by car. Flights into Staverton are from Belfast, Jersey, Isle of Man and charter and air taxi services.
    • From the local Cardiff airport 1 hour 11 minutes by car. Flights into Cardiff airport are from Edinburgh, Belfast, Jersey, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen and London.
    • From Bristol airport 1 hour by car.
    • From Gatwick Airport 2 hours 43 minutes.
    • From Heathrow airport 2 hours.
    • From London City airport 3 hours.
  • From the local railway station 15 minutes from Lydney. Connections for Lydney are from Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham, London, Newport, Severn Junction and Bristol Templemeads and Bristol Parkway from London and the rest of the country.

Great locations nearby

  • Clearwell Caves
  • Clearwell Village, spring, ancient cross and Castle
  • St. Briavels Castle
  • Wye Valley
  • Rivers Wye and Severn
  • Wintours Leap, Tutshill
  • Lancaut mediaeval church set near ox-bow of River Wye and below the dramatic Wintours Leap
  • Symonds Yat Rock
  • Monmouth
  • Chepstow
  • Dean Forest Railway

Places to stay locally:

In Clearwell

Near Cinderford:

In nearby Sling:

In nearby Coleford

For places with more mass appeal and lots of rooms to book out, try the excellent Coleford:

For an extra large meeting/conference venue, try:

Camping:

 

Conclusion Summary:

  • Beautiful, natural forest environment with crazy tree roots climbing over statuesque limestone rock
  • Lots of different aspects for different themes within the ‘scowles’ (outdoor natural ‘rooms’)
  • Tolkien and JK Rowling gained their inspiration from here
  • Perfect for period historic dramas like Far From the Madding Crowd, fantastical movies like The Huntsman or natural history documentaries.
  • Cave and mine entrance features and recreated stone age roundhouses.
  • Plenty of space for support vehicles
  • Good local staff with discreet attitude

Contact Elaine for more info or to arrange a visit

T: 077 8615 6646 E: info@secretforest.co.uk

Elaine and Clare would like to thank William for putting this page together