Set-jetting: top film-related experiences for groups

Date Posted: 31/07/2013

Alan Partridge Alpha Papa -credit Rob Dodsworth Photography

Pictured: Alan Partridge Alpha Papa mural, Norfolk. (Photo credit: Rob Dodsworth Photography).

As VisitNorwich unveils its Alan Partridge walking tour to celebrate the film release of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, we take a look at some of the UK’s new film-related tourism experiences, guaranteed to satisfy the appetites of ‘set-jetters’ everywhere.

Alpha Norwich tours

To celebrate the release of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, VisitNorwich is launching a new walking tour of the city, designed with Partridge fans in mind.

The Alpha Norwich walk is a 90-minute guided tour of the city so dear to Alan’s heart, taking in some of his favourite haunts and several of the locations to feature in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, including The Guildhall, City Hall and The Forum.

The tour can be booked on a private basis, costing £48 for groups of up to 20 people.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures in the Harry Potter films have made this iconic series beloved by both young and old - and last year, the doors opened for everyone to explore the studio where it first began.

At the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London you'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see breathtakingly detailed sets, stunning costumes, props and animatronics. It’s a showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time.

Harry Potter fans can also try broomstick training at Alnwick Castle (aka Hogwarts), visit platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross station and go on a Muggle Tour of London.

Star Wars Miniland Experience

New for 2012, Legoland Windsor revealed its brand new Star Wars Miniland Experience, where the Star Wars Universe has been recreated using Lego.

Rebel ships, the Forest Moon of Endor and the planet of Tatooine all feature in the exhibit which depicts several famous scenes using 1.5 million Lego bricks. The experience was planned in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd to ensure complete authenticity.

Aston Martin DBS  Quantum Of Solace:  James Bond vehicles at Beaulieu.

Pictured: Aston Martin DBS, as featured in James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace.

Several planets, including Naboo, the home planet of Queen Amidala, were created by dozens of model designers and builders; the miniland also features authentic Star Wars sounds, actions and lighting effects that bring the Star Wars saga to life.

50 Years of Bond - Beaulieu

2012 marked 50 years since the first James Bond film hit the screens and as part of the celebrations, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu curated the biggest collection of Bond vehicles in the world.

It has proven so popular that the exhibition, which includes the legendary submarine Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me and three vehicles straight from the set of Skyfall, has been extended until 5th January 2014.

The exhibition is included in the museum’s admission price.

Downton Abbey tours

Highclere Castle is already sold out for this year’s openings, however Brit Movie Tours offers a country film locations tour if you can’t wait until next year.

Although it doesn’t go inside the castle, the tour does take in Downton Village, Downton Place and the home of the Dowager Countess.

Private group tours are available.

Jane Austen Festival

This year is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and as the new giant statue of Mr Darcy emerging from Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lido (complete with clinging white shirt) can attest, interest in the story and characters never wanes.

For fans of the numerous film and TV adaptations (and of course, the book), the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath is a must.

Taking place this year from 13th to 21st September, it will launch with a colourful costumed parade through the city centre, now reportedly the biggest Regency costume promenade in Europe.

The week-long programme includes talks and productions, readings and tours, and draws Jane Austen fans from around the world. Whilst in Bath, fans can also visit the Jane Austen Museum.

This list was compiled by VisitEngland. Group travel organisers can visit the website of England’s official tourist board for further advice on planning a group visit to any of the featured events and attractions.

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