Yorkshire's film and TV locations showcased after All Creatures Great and Small

A new website designed to encourage tourists to visit the growing number of Yorkshire locations showcased in films and television series has been launched today (Tuesday).

Helen Alderson (played by Rachel Shenton) and James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) in All Creatures Great and Small. Credit: Playground Television (UK) Ltd.
Helen Alderson (played by Rachel Shenton) and James Herriot (played by Nicholas Ralph) in All Creatures Great and Small. Credit: Playground Television (UK) Ltd.

The Filmed in Yorkshire website has been set up to help boost the region's tourism trade in the wake of Covid-19 and the nationwide lockdown.

It shows where visitors can find some of the "beautiful and dramatic" locations used in high-profile series such as Channel 5's new All Creatures Great and Small, Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack and Victoria, all of which are currently open to the public.

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Sally Joynson, chief executive at the Screen Yorkshire agency, which manages the website, said: "We’ve had to move fast to get this new site up and running, but there’s never been a more important time to drive new business to the region.

Shibden Hall, which features in Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack. Picture: JPIMedia.

"We want to do our bit to help Yorkshire’s visitor economy and where better to start than with some of the fantastic locations which appear on our screens and are open to the public.

"Screen tourism is big business. On-screen locations are frequently cited as an important driver influencing choice of destination.

"Productions filmed in Yorkshire appear on screens in both the UK and across the world, and although domestic and international travel opportunities are limited at the moment, we hope this new site will lay the foundations for more visitors in the months and years ahead."

Visitors to the new website will be able to explore filming locations through a navigational map, photographs and production information, highlighting destinations such as the Yorkshire Dales village of Grassington, which doubles as Darrowby in All Creatures Great and Small.

Additional beauty spots and landmarks in the surrounding valleys and Dales that play supporting roles in the drama include Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and Bolton Abbey, both of which were part of bringing James Herriot’s 1930s world to life.

Other recent productions featured on the new website alongside their filming locations include Gentleman Jack, The English Game, Downton Abbey, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.

Screen Yorkshire will be developing the website in the next few weeks, adding more productions, as well as highlighting upcoming television and cinema releases. The agency will also develop a new screen tourism app next year to work alongside the website.

The site will cover both drama and factual productions where locations are open to the public.

Kate Midgley, of the Grassington Chamber of Trade, said: “Grassington was delighted to be chosen to be the new Darrowby and the filming of All Creatures Great and Small brought much excitement to the village.

"Grassington like many other towns and villages has seen a drop in footfall over the last few years, and businesses have been affected, more so with the impact of Covid-19.

"Therefore, the launch of All Creatures Great and Small and this website is perfectly timed to showcase our beautiful village and the surrounding area and encourage visitors to discover it for themselves."

As part of its new screen tourism strategy, Screen Yorkshire is also linking up with Welcome to Yorkshire, which will provide click-through information about things to do and places to stay around the filming locations featured on the new website.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive James Mason said: “I am delighted that we are partnering with Screen Yorkshire to celebrate and promote tourism.

"As I have said from day one, Welcome to Yorkshire’s role should be to collaborate with agencies such as Screen Yorkshire that hold the real expertise in a particular field and amplify the excellent work they do on a national and international scale.

"Visitor numbers to Yorkshire increased rapidly pre-Covid-19, following the success of hit shows such as Gentleman Jack, Victoria and Downton Abbey, spectacularly showcasing wonderful heritage buildings and stunning scenery.

"It’s no surprise that after seeing Yorkshire on screen, people then want to experience its beauty and drama first hand.

This new website offers TV and film fans from across the world the opportunity to find out more about where their favourite onscreen show was set and take a brilliant break in breathtaking Yorkshire."

The value of filming activity to Yorkshire and the Humber is substantial, says the agency, with budgets for high-end TV dramas and feature films averaging between £10m and £20m per project.

Recent productions filmed in the region with Screen Yorkshire’s support include: All Creatures Great and Small, The Duke, Gentleman Jack, The English Game, Downton Abbey, Ali & Ava, Peaky Blinders, Ackley Bridge, Emmerdale, Last Tango In Halifax, Victoria and Official Secrets.

Screen Yorkshire has been supported by the BFI’s National Cluster Growth Fund using National Lottery funding to support the development and growth of the Yorkshire screen sector.