Picture the Great British Bake Off, and your mind goes straight to the iconic white tent among the famous green grass field. Now that series 14 in full swing, fans have been wondering where GBBO is actually filmed, and if they can visit the set, too. Here's what you need to know...
Where is the Great British Bake Off filmed?
The much-loved baking show is filmed in the grounds of the Welford Park Estate in Berkshire, with the grand estate providing the perfect backdrop for filming, with pristine gardens, an apple orchard with a wildflower meadow and extensive woodland and farmland.
The show was filmed there in 2014 to 2019, but in 2020 and 2021 the baking-fest was filmed at Down Hall, a hotel in Hatfield Heath, on the border of Essex and Hertfordshire. The change in location as down to the fact that Down Hall was more accommodating when it came to filming under pandemic restrictions. As of 2022, however, the show has returned to its roots, coming home to Welford Park Estate for seasons 13 and 14.
It seems the show's crew was pleased to return to their old stomping ground, including judge Paul Hollywood. "I love filming at Welford and we've been away for a couple of years," the baking pro told the Express.
"I sat on the grass, not far from the tents. It's a very reflective place and Bake Off's been a big part of my life for quite a while now. It's lovely being back. I felt totally chilled out and relaxed."
The team at the estate offer everything the contestants and crew could possibly need while filming the show; including a production office, green room and catering – although we imagine they usually enjoy the leftover cakes!
Can I visit Welford Estate?
While the Welford Estate is a private home, it is open to the public on certain dates throughout the year, including a five-week stint to showcase the beautiful Snowdrop Gardens. As of December 1 2023, fans can buy tickets to visit the Snowdrop Gardens between Wednesday 31st January and Sunday 5th March 2024.
There's also the Spectacle of Light event, which allows families to visit Welford Park after dark. This year, it's taking place between Friday 20th October and Sunday 12th November 2023, so you better hurry if you want tickets.
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