The Larkins locations: Where is the glorious ITV series filmed?

The Darling Buds of May was famously filmed in the Kent countryside - but did reboot The Larkins follow suit?

The Larkins

ITV drama The Larkins concludes its first series tonight. In the “perfick” piece of TV escapism, we join Pop, Ma and their loving, chaotic family in the picturesque and sunny fields of rural Kent.

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Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan lead The Larkins cast, which is the latest adaptation of HE Bates’ novel.  The gorgeous filming locations will no doubt have inspired viewers – so if you’re looking to book your next UK mini-break, look no further as we fill you in on all you need to know about the stunning location.

So if you want to find out where the the show was made, read on for everything you need to know about filming locations for ITV’s The Larkins.

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The Larkins filming locations

Given the rural Kent backdrop was just as much a key part of the show as the Larkins themselves, the show could hardly neglect the Southern county, known affectionately as The Garden of England. So most of the show was filmed in Kent, true to its setting in the books.

However, the show did not reuse Buss Farm in Pluckley, which was of course the iconic home farm used in the original Darling Buds of May adaptation – instead the series was filmed on a different Kent farm, which has not been identified by ITV or the producers.

Production then moved to the surrounding areas of Kent for scenes that were not farm-related, including the villages of Underriver, Eynsford and West Peckham.

Filming received quite a bit of attention in Faversham, where the shops in the town’s Market Place were given a retro 1950s makeover, while Walsh was also spotted in costume at Walpole Bay Hotel in Broadstairs.

Executive producer Sophie Clarke-Jervoise said: “We wanted it to be in Kent because the novels are set in Kent. We wanted these lovely rolling hills, farms in the background, it’s just gorgeous, we’ve been so lucky.

She added: “We did look at other locations options but we just kept coming back to Kent because it has that authenticity of the novels.”

Star Bradley Walsh agreed, saying: “The joy of shooting here in Kent is the fact that this is where the books took place, so you get an infinity with it and you get a real feel for it. I think the farm we’re working on has a good couple of hundred, three hundred acres maybe, it’s beautiful.

“The interiors are the true inside of the farmhouse, it’s so lovely.”

However while filming did mostly take place in Kent, production did also occur in London and Surrey. Film crews spotted at Flanchford Farm in Reigate in April 2021 were widely thought to be for the Darling Buds of May reboot, while filming also took place at a nearby primary school in Betchworth.

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The Larkins began on ITV at 9pm on Sunday 10th October – for more information see our guide to when The Larkins episodes are released. For more take a look at our other Drama coverage, or check out our TV Guide to find out what’s on TV tonight.