Painshill on screen

Painshill on screen

Netflix’s Bridgerton aired in the UK on Christmas Day 2020 and the Duke and Duchess of Hastings have certainly caused quite a stir! Netflix have announced today that it has become their biggest ever drama series.

A romantic, scandalous and quick-witted series, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market.

With spectacular scenery and decadent costumes, costumes Bridgerton is a feast for the eyes and is winning rave reviews from audiences all around the world.

We hope you spotted Painshill? It was used as a location for filming some of the scenes where the characters promenade and picnic.

  • BRIDGERTON PHOEBE DYNEVOR as DAPHNE BRIDGERTON in episode 102 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

We thought this would provide a lovely opportunity to tell you more about some of the programmes that have featured Painshill.

With its stunning 18th century follies and views free of modern buildings, Painshill has been chosen to represent gardens in various historical TV shows and feature films.

Notably among these are the 2009 Dorian Gray film, starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth, and ITV’s Vanity Fair which aired in 2018.

Of all the filming in recent years, Painshill is featured most prominently in Netflix’s Black Mirror. The lake, the Five Arch Bridge, the Ruined Abbey and the Gothic Temple are all very recognisable.

What is also so interesting about Painshill is that it doesn’t need to be an 18th century landscape garden. There are many areas that film makers have used to create all sorts of locations. Painshill is often used to stand in for places such as Primrose Hill and Hyde Park, in London.

In the 2015 film Suffragette, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan and Anne-Marie Duff are seen strolling along the banks of the Serpentine Lake.

Most recently, a distinctive crater in the Painshill woodland was used as Adam’s den for Amazon Prime’s Good Omens starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

Painshill locations have also looked fantastic in several music videos. The meadows and lake were used in Florence and the Machine’s Rabbit Heart and the Grotto features in Ellie Goulding’s Starry Eyed.

We look forward to sharing details of more recent filming with you once the footage has aired.

Weddings at Painshill

Outside wedding ceremonies are now available at Painshill

Elegant and natural outside ceremonies will be available in the Painshill landscape from summer 2021*.

Having had a marquee licensed and run by an external company in previous years, we are delighted to announce that weddings ceremonies will now be run by the Painshill Park Trust, allowing couples to get married outside in the landscape itself!  Proceeds will be used to maintain the upkeep of one of the best remaining examples of an 18th century landscape garden in Europe.

Glorious views, romantic follies and picturesque bridges combine to make our 18th century landscape garden in Surrey a magical place for couples to exchange their vows.

Featured on film and in TV dramas – including the Regency costume drama Bridgerton on Netflix – the 158-acre estate at Painshill makes a beautiful backdrop for romance, and the estate will be licensed to hold civil ceremonies or partnerships this summer.

Couples can exchange their vows in a ceremony for up to 75 guests* in the white Gothic Temple, high on a hill overlooking the serene Serpentine Lake.

Afterwards, the wedding party will have a marquee and exclusive use of the Amphitheatre lawn in front of the temple.

A golf buggy and chauffeur will also be on hand to drive around the estate for photographs in the park’s other magical locations, which include romantic Abbey ruins on the water’s edge, a sparkling Crystal Grotto, and picturesque bridges over the lake.

For further information please click here

*COVID-19 restrictions on ceremonies may still be in place. Painshill will follow all Government guidance and have measures in place to keep staff and visitors safe at all times.