Let’s face it, we are all guilty of spending way too many hours binge-watching box sets, re-watching old movies, and getting perhaps a bit too invested in our favourite characters. The obsession with our screens has introduced a new travel trend: Set Jetting. Set Jetting, also known as ‘Location Vocation’, involves holidaying to your favourite TV show’s settings. Forget Game of Thrones’ Iceland and Mad Men’s New York, we’ve brought the Set Jetting holiday to you. Right here in good ol’ Yorkshire, you can visit the places that inspired, and appeared in, so many iconic shows and films.
Calendar Girls – Kettlewell
Inspired by a real-life story, the 2003 hit comedy Calendar Girls was filmed in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The actual Calendar Girls were members of Rylstone Women’s Institute, but most of the filming took place ten miles away in the neighbouring village of Kettlewell. Other filming locations include Ilkley, Settle, Skipton and Malham. If you’re a true Calendar Girls fan, then you have to try the Calendar Girls Trike Tour
Emmerdale – Esholt, Otley, Harewood
This long-running soap opera is set in the fictional village of Emmerdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. Location shooting began in the quiet village of Arncliffe before moving to Esholt in 1976, where it remained for the next 22 years. Filming then moved to a purpose-built set on the Harewood Estate in 1997. Other locations include the market town of Otley, which acts as Hotten, and Eccup.
All Creatures Great and Small – Askrigg, Hawes, Thirsk
Based on the books by veterinary surgeon James Alfred Wright (pseudonym James Herriot), All Creatures Great and Small is a true Yorkshire classic. All exterior scenes were filmed in North Yorkshire, mostly in the small village of Askrigg which became the fictional Darrowby. Many of the original interior set designs are now on display at The World of James Herriot Museum in Thirsk.
Last of the Summer Wine – Holmfirth
Running for 31 seasons, Last of the Summer Wine is the longest running British Sitcom! It was the town of Holmfirth which actually inspired this series and all exterior shots were filmed here and in the surrounding countryside. Holmfirth has now become a sort of pilgrimage site for Last of the Summer Wine fans and people can even stay in a replica of Nora Batty’s house. Sid’s Café, a regular filming spot, now features a statue of Compo outside!
Heartbeat – Goathland
This police drama is set in the 1960’s in the fictional town of Ashfordly and the village of Aidensfield in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Heartbeat was filmed in various locations around North Yorkshire, with most of the exterior shooting taking place in Goathland. Other key settings include Otley, Scarborough, and Whitby.
Happy Valley – Calder Valley
This BAFTA award-winning crime drama is set and filmed in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. Key Calder Valley locations include Hebden Bridge (Catherine’s home and local pub), Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge (the police station she works at). Halifax, Leeds, Bradford and other West Yorkshire cities are mentioned throughout the series. This dark drama took its title from what the local police call the Calder Valley.
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
That’s right, Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway appeared in the first instalment of this iconic film series and in most subsequent films too. Built in 1865 and virtually unchanged, Goathland station was transformed into Hogsmeade station.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – Malham Cove
In the penultimate instalment of Harry Potter, whist on the hunt for horcruxes, Harry and Hermione set up camp on the Limestone pavement of Malham Cove in North Yorkshire. It is on this majestic 260ft high cliff that they recognise the strange symbol in the Beedle the Bard story book.
The Railway Children – Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Haworth, Oxenhope
The majority of Lionel Jeffries’ 1970 version of Edith Nesbit’s celebrated book is filmed in West Yorkshire. Obviously, the most famous film location has to be the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, in particular Oakworth station and the stretch between Keighley and Oxenhope. Other key locations include Haworth, where the children collected presents for Mr. Perks’ birthday, and Oxenhope where the children’s home ‘The Three Chimneys’ was located. The KWVR has put together a walking route so you can see all the iconic settings.
Brideshead Revisited – Castle Howard
The 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel was filmed at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. In 2008, Castle Howard reprised its role as the Marchmain’s family home in the feature film version. Visitors to Castle Howard can see how the derelict rooms were transformed into the opulent film sets in their Brideshead Revisited exhibition.
Victoria – Carlton Towers, Castle Howard, Harewood House
This drama series starring Jenna Coleman as the young Victoria, was actually filmed in Yorkshire! Carlton Towers doubled as Windsor Castle, the interiors of Castle Howard were used at Kensington Palace, and Harewood House became Buckingham Palace. Other locations include Whitby pier, Newby Hall, Bramham Park, and Beverley Minster.
Enjoy your Yorkshire Set Jetting adventure! Comment below if you have any other favourite Yorkshire TV or film spots.