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Surrey Film Locations: Adventure

PUBLISHED: 12:28 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:51 28 July 2017

'Hampton Court Palace', Farrukh, Flickr CC 2.0.

'Hampton Court Palace', Farrukh, Flickr CC 2.0.


In these blockbusters, we see Surrey setting the scene for fast-paced adventures, but you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled if you want to spot these familiar locations!

1. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016) – Shepperton studios and more

Following on from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass began filming at Shepperton Studios – and then spread locally. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are this time joined by Sacha Baron Cohen. There have also been sightings at Horsley Park in East Horsley.

Shepperton Studios Entrance

2.Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Bourne Wood, near Farnham

While the bulk of this all American superhero flick was actually shot at Shepperton Studios, scenes were also filmed in our county’s famous Bourne Woods.

bourne wood

3. Finding Neverland (2004) – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

One of a host of films to be shot at this famous theatre, Johnny Depp and co descended on Richmond for this semi-biographical film about playwright JM Barrie.

Richmond Theatre

4.The Golden Compass (2007) – Bourne Wood, Near Farnham

One of the biggest films of 2007, some of the woodland scenes in The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, were shot at Bourne Wood.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Virginia Water

There was not much whinging to be heard in Virginia Water, as Harry spots a Hippogriff and later confronts the Dementors at the famous lake. Incidentally, Harry’s only surviving relatives, The Dursleys, live in Little Whinging, a fictional town located in Surrey...

Virginia Water

6.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Virginia Water

Scenes from the fourth installment of The Goblet of Fire were filmed on the banks on Virginia Water lake.

7.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) – Surbiton Train Station

Eagle eyed viewers will notice that Harry is actually sat on Platform One of Surbiton Railway Station as he reads The Daily Prophet. The cast also spent several days on location in Farnham for the filming of The Half-Blood Prince - though it didn’t all go quite to plan... Filming suffered a setback when the set was “oversmoked” after the movie crew used too much special-effect fog and several scenes had to be reshot.

8. Hugo (2011) – Shepperton Studios, Near Walton on Thames

Martin Scorsese’s first venture across the pond - and in 3-D, too! Executively produced by Johnny Depp, delays in filming caused parking chaos at the famous studios as Captain America and Dancing on Ice were also on location. The automaton was created by an East Molesey maker.

9.The Huntsman (2016) – Waverely Abbey

The prequel to Snow White and The Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth reprised his role as The Huntsman with Waverley Abbey hosting the film crews between April and May 2015. False walls were added to the historic monument…

10.Into the Woods (2014) – Waverely Abbey, near Farnham

A big screen movie adaptation of the celebrated theatre classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Rapunzel’s castle is a half-historical, half-new creation making use of Waverley Abbey near Farnham. Further scenes were also shot at Byfleet Manor in Byfleet.

11. Jack and the Giant Killer (2012) – Bourne Wood, Near Farnham

A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants in Farnham (well, during the filming at least) is threatened. Filming has also taken place at the Hampton Estate in Seale where a 30-foot bean stalk has been built.

12. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Chobham Common , Chobham

The scenes where Peter O’Toole comes off his motorbike were shot at the largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east, Chobham Common.

13. Molly Moon (2014) – Shere

Starring Ben Miller, Celia Imrie and Joan Collins, this independent British film is based on a series of best-selling children’s fantasy books by Georgia Byng. They are centred around the story of Molly, an 11 year old orphan.

14.Robin Hood (2010) – Bourne Wood, Near Farnham

One of the many blockbusters to be filmed in these Farnham woods, Robin Hood saw Russell Crowe staying at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot and filming battle scenes in the woods, where a castle was temporarily erected. Filming also took place on the Hampton Estate around Elstead and at Virginia Water Lake.

15. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – Richmond Park , Richmond

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law reprised their roles as Holmes and Watson respectively, with Guy Ritchie filming at Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, and Bourne Woods near Farnham, among other locations.

16. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Bourne Woods, Farnham

Twilight star Kristen Stewart leads a cast that shot at Bourne Wood and Frensham Ponds, near Farnham for a twisted version of the fairy tale. The National Trust site was transformed into a fishing village for the film.

17. Tarzan (2016) – Virginia Water

A steamboat dubbed ‘Adelaar’ magically popped up at Virginia Water, as the stars of the latest Warner Bros blockbuster, Tarzan: The Untamed, headed to the Surrey beauty spot. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan, Margot Robbie as Jane Porter and Christoph Waltz as Captain Leon Rom.

Virginia Water Lakes, Surrey

18. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Hampton Court Palace , East Molesey

During filming of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie at Hampton Court Palace, Johnny Depp asked for an after-hours tour. A carriage chase in the film spans four locations, from Hampton Court to a full-sized set exterior at Pinewood Studios via St. James Palace and Middle Temple in London.

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