South West Grand Pier Firmly In the Spotlight With TV Production Companies
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:53
THE Grand Pier in Weston-Super-Mare in being inundated with requests from TV production companies looking to film on the attraction.
The iconic seaside resort is currently trending worldwide for street artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition, with visitors descending from all continents.
However, the Grand Pier says it is not only tourists who are flocking to the resort, as it too is being inundated with film crews.
The attraction says requests from producers to film on the pier for popular television shows have trebled this year.
In the last few weeks it appeared on BCC show, Don’t Tell the Bride as the reception venue for Mathew Hill and Jamie-Lee.
Mathew wanted to surprise his bride-to-be with a pirate themed wedding and he selected the Grand Pier’s Regency Suite due to its location over the sea.
Filming has also taken place recently at the pier for Channel 4s, Come Dine with Me, BBCs Saturday Kitchen, BBC Breakfast, and BBC antique show, Flog It.
The venue is also famed for a scene with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thomson in the 1991 film, Remains of the Day.
Paul Charalambous, General Manager of the Grand Pier, said: “We feel immensely proud to be able to offer a unique and exciting location for filming opportunities.
“We have been inundated recently with requests from TV production companies who have been to film on location here, or are planning to visit us over the coming months.
“We hope this interest will continue for many years to come to help keep North Somerset in the television viewing spotlight.
“Weston super Mare and the surrounding Somerset backdrop have wonderful places to film and we are delighted to be on the top of the list as a venue worth filming.”
Film tourism is currently valued at £3 million per year to Somerset, and the Grand Pier says it anticipates this to grow substantially.
The pier says it will continue to work directly with film and TV production companies, along with Visit Somerset to further help boost film tourism across the region.
John Turner, CEO of Visit Somerset, said: “We are delighted with this news that The Grand Pier is being seen as a key destination for film crews and top TV shows.
“Visit Somerset is working very hard to ensure it is working with its key partners such as Creative England, so that Somerset is seen as a key film location destination.
“Film Tourism at present generates around £1.5 Million to the local economy and we want to increase that to over £5 Million by the end of 2018. With The Grand Piers help we are well on the way to making a success of that.”