Where is Worzel Gummidge filmed?
Take a trip to Ten Acre Field with our Worzel Gummidge location guide.
BBC One's Worzel Gummidge returns to our screens on 28th December, with Mackenzie Crook starring as the misfit scarecrow in another adventure.
In the upcoming special, titled Twitchers, Worzel sees his plan to scare a pack of choughs – quite the achievement for a scarecrow – foiled by an interfering pack of birdwatchers.
Worzel and friends will then return again on 29th December for Calliope Jane – the funfair is in town and Worzel has heard tell of a magical fairground that sends humans to sleep so that scarecrows can enjoy the rides unobserved...
Recently, RadioTimes.com shared an exclusive first-look clip from the new episodes, which sees Worzel (Mackenzie Crook) share his scarecrow handbook with young friends Susan (India Brown) and John (Thierry Wickens).
The series is set in the country town of Scatterbrook – but where is the fantasy comedy-drama filmed? And where can you find all of the locations in real life? Read on for our full Worzel Gummidge location guide.
In the films, siblings Susan and John (India Brown and Thierry Wickens) arrive to spend the summer at Scatterbrook Farm, under the watchful eye of Mr and Mrs Braithwaite (Steve Pemberton and Rosie Cavaliero). All the Scatterbrook scenes were filmed at Valence End Farm, a working farm just outside Dunstable in Bedfordshire. The farm’s neighbours include elephants, cheetahs and brown bears (it’s right next door to Whipsnade Zoo).
Ten Acre Field
The field Worzel calls home was filmed in countryside close to Berry Bushes Farm in King’s Langley, Hertfordshire. This time around, Worzel’s neighbours include goblins, a giant basilisk and a certain boy wizard – it’s less than 10 minutes away from Warner Bros. studios at Leavesden, home of The Making of Harry Potter tour. Many of the other countryside exteriors were also filmed around King’s Langley.
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The opening sequence to first ever Worzel Gummidge episode The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook sees Susan and John being driven down a high-hedged country lane – this filmed at St Leonards, midway between Tring in Hertfordshire and Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.
Taking his cue from Barbara Euphan Todd’s books, Mackenzie Crook has written Aunt Sally (Vicki Pepperdine) as just that – Worzel’s aunt (unlike that flaming temptress Una Stubbs, who set Jon Pertwee’s heart a-flutter in the 70s TV version). Instead, Crook has reintroduced Worzel’s literary love interest Earthy Mangold (Francesca Mills), whose day job is keeping the birds off a local allotment. The veg patch in question was filmed at Highfield Park in St Albans, Herts.
The Local History Museum
The scenes where Worzel pays a call on Aunt Sally were filmed at Wardown Museum and Gallery, a Grade II listed building in the grounds of Wardown Park, Luton, Bedfordshire. The museum’s collection includes an Iron Age mirror and the Shillington Roman coin hoard – which no doubt piqued the interest of a certain detectorist…
The Tree of Tree
This is the ancient, magical tree that Worzel uses to send a message to the scarecrows of Albion. And what more magical location in the world could there be than… a car park in Luton.
Bloomsbury Barton Manor
The country seat of Lady Bloomsbury Barton (Zoë Wannamaker) – as seen in the episode The Green Man – was filmed at a private house in Watford.
Top of the world
In The Green Man, Worzel and the Green Man (Sir Michael Palin, no less) sit down at the top of a hill for a heart-to-heart about what it means to be a scarecrow. This is Ivinghoe Beacon, part of the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire. Perched high in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ivinghoe Beacon contains the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and several Bronze Age burial mounds, as well as offering spectacular views across several counties.
Worzel Gummidge returns to BBC One at 7.15pm on Tuesday, 28th December. For more to watch, check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.