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Aidan Turner and Poldark are back filming in Gloucestershire

Posted on 08th September 2017

Aidan Turner is back in Gloucestershire filming scenes for Poldark season 4.

Chavenage House in Gloucestershire

The immensely popular BBC drama Poldark is currently in production for its fourth season and its star, Aidan Turner, has been spotted in Gloucestershire filming scenes at a number of locations.

The cast and crew for the Sunday night drama – viewed by millions – are filming key scenes at Chavenage House and the areas of Nalisworth and Tetbury which surround it. Turner has been spotted filming scenes at the historic home involving a horse and carriage.

Gloucestershire has been a frequent shooting location for Poldark, with the second and third series being filmed at Lasborough, Cirencester, and Chavenage. Chavenage House doubles as Trenwith House in Cornwall, a featured location of the show.

It’s not hard to see why the series, and many other high profile productions such as Wolf Hall and Sherlock, have chosen Gloucestershire as a filming location. With its luscious landscape and historic feel it makes the perfect setting for atmospheric drama.

This picturesque pocket of the country is ripe for a cinematic lens and you can see why Poldark has made the area a key part of its shooting process by visiting one of the area’s equally idyllic cottages in the Forest of Dean.

Poldark was originally made for TV in the 1970s and takes place in Cornwall’s late 18th century tin mining community.

Image Credit: Philip Halling

Watch a free film at a Gloucestershire cinema

Posted on 20th August 2017

Do you want to know how to see a free film at a Gloucestershire cinema? Then keep on reading.

Cinema audienceFor those in the area, or those looking forward to a holiday at a Forest of Dean cottage, having the chance to see a free film during your time in Gloucestershire might sound exciting indeed.

Well, you can now do just that when buying promotional packs of chocolate. The deal is valid for Sundays at participating cinemas: Cineworld in Gloucester and Cheltenham, and Merlin Cinemas in Coleford.

To get a chance of seeing that film you’ve been eying up for free, all you need to do is buy a pack of Minstrels, Revels, Maltesers, M&Ms, or Galaxy Counters. Just make sure that they have the ‘Sweet Sundays’ banner on the packaging.

We all like buying some goodies to munch on when watching a film at the cinema, so this is certainly a deal worth capitalising on. Customers just need to purchase five small bags (100g-165g) or two large bags (184g-300g) in order to get the complimentary ticket.

These bags can be found at most major supermarkets, and luckier still, they are even sometimes on offer, providing further savings to your cinema excursion.

Having  purchased the promotional packs of chocolate, just head to the Sweet Sundays website and input the code on the inside back of the pouch.

Vouchers are then emailed or posted to participants, and these can be redeemed either online or at the cinemas themselves.


A Hollywood film and its stars are shooting in Gloucester

Posted on 02nd August 2017

Scenes for a new Hollywood movie are being filmed in Gloucester.

Joel KinnamanThe film is called ‘Three Seconds’, and stars Hollywood talent such as Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike, and ‘House of Cards’ actor Joel Kinnaman.

Kinnaman has recently been tweeting photos from the location.

The scenes being filmed in the area are at Gloucester’s former prison, a fitting location considering how the film’s events are described by IMDB:

“An ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.”

The prison closed in 2013 but has been open for tours since earlier this year. The tours are on hold while filming for ‘Three Seconds’ takes place.

This isn’t the first motion picture or TV show to be shot in these parts, with the dynamic and cinematic environs of Gloucestershire providing the backdrop for productions such as ‘Sherlock’, ‘Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’, and ‘Doctor Who.’

Gloucestershire is truly an ideal location for dramatic productions and there is no better way to see what all the fuss is about than by booking a Forest of Dean holiday cottage.

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore


Gloucester Comic-Con has moved to a new venue

Posted on 19th July 2017

The venue for Gloucester Comic-Con has changed with the event now moving to the Kingsholm Stadium.

Kingsholm Stadium

The event, which is to take place on September 9 and 10, needed to be relocated as it had outgrown its city centre venue.

Moving proceedings from its old venue of the GL1 Leisure Centre to the Kingsholm Stadium will allow the organisers to now show movie cars and other large outdoor exhibits.

Fans have been reassured that the tickets purchased for the old venue will still be valid at Gloucester Comic-Con’s new location.

While the venue may have changed, the date and guests will remain the same, with the event ready to entertain all those in attendance and visiting while on holiday at a Forest of Dean cottage.

Guests at this year’s event include The Honky Tonk Man, professional wrestler Wayne Farris, stand-up comedian Norman Lovett (known for playing Holly in Red Dwarf) and actor James Mackenzie from the children’s series Raven.

Tickets are available from Skiddle.

Image Credit: Nicholas Mytton

The Legacy of the Dymock Poets

Posted on 16th February 2017

This year is the centennial of the death of Edward Thomas, who was killed during the battle of Arras on the 9th April 1917. Prior to his military service, Edward Thomas was part of the Dymock Poets, and though he never resided in the village itself, he held a firm friendship with famous poet Robert Frost. In fact, ‘The Road Not Taken’, Frost’s most famous poem, is based on Thomas’ indecisiveness on their walks together.

Daffodils near Dymock

The village of Dymock sits in The Forest of Dean area of Gloucestershire and rose to fame between 1911 and 1914 when it became the home of the literary group that inherited its name. The group’s members were Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Edward Thomas and Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, all of whom lived around or visited the village during that period and contributed to their own quarterly named New Numbers.

It was an advance copy of ‘The Road Not Taken’, a friendly satire of Thomas’ character that led to his enlisting in the military, though Frost had not meant it to have such an effect. After Edward Thomas’ death two years later, the community went their separate ways. The group, while thriving in Dymock and after their parting, found much inspiration in the landscape of the Forest of Dean, as it continued to influence their work.

While staying in a holiday cottage in the Forest of Dean, visiting Dymock and the surrounding areas that these literary giants once walked is a beautiful way to spend a day. Relax and take an afternoon to revel in a countryside that inspired some of the most famous poetry of its time.

“The Sun Used to Shine” by Edward Thomas

The sun used to shine while we two walked

Slowly together, paused and started

Again, and sometimes mused, sometimes talked

As either pleased, and cheerfully parted


Each night. We never disagreed

Which gate to rest on. The to be

And the late past we gave small heed.

We turned from men or poetry


To rumours of the war remote

Only till both stood disinclined

For aught but the yellow flavorous coat

Of an apple wasps had undermined;


Or a sentry of dark betonies,

The stateliest of small flowers on earth,

At the forest verge; or crocuses

Pale purple as if they had their birth


In sunless Hades fields. The war

Came back to mind with the moonrise

Which soldiers in the east afar

Beheld then. Nevertheless, our eyes


Could as well imagine the Crusades

Or Caesar’s battles. Everything

To faintness like those rumours fade—

Like the brook’s water glittering


Under the moonlight—like those walks

Now—like us two that took them, and

The fallen apples, all the talks

And silence—like memory’s sand


When the tide covers it late or soon,

And other men through other flowers

In those fields under the same moon

Go talking and have easy hours.


Image Credit: P J Photography (Shutterstock)