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Concessions and filming

Sedgemoor District Council actively encourages TV, Film, Photography and production companies to use our land and buildings as filming locations.

How to get permission to film/photograph:

We are a film-friendly authority and try to make the process as simple as possible.

Filming rights are granted subject to the relevant production company entering into a licence agreement, which requires public liability cover of at least £5 million, a risk assessment and a health and safety plan.

The standard charge for filming is £500 per day or £250 for up to four hours - Sedgemoor District Council is prepared to negotiate concessionary rates for student filmmakers.

For more information on using a Sedgemoor location as a filming or photography back-drop please, contact Tim Mander, Property Management and Income Generation Team Leader - telephone 01278 435331 or

Sedgemoor District Council strives to be a "Film Friendly" authority and works closely with the location managers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The benefits of filming in Sedgemoor:

With easy motorway access from the M5, Sedgemoor is a popular location for the numerous Bristol and M4-corridor based media outlets looking for a beach or rural location. The beaches have good vehicular access, together with substantial dunes which can be portrayed as a desert.

Sedgemoor is also within an easy drive or train ride from universities and student filmmakers studying in Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

Ashton Windmill Within the district there are also numerous other locations such as rolling hills, the Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, the Mendips, as well as beach and beautiful parks.  Sedgemoor owns the beautiful Ashton Windmill,  The windmill was built somewhere between 1760 and 1774 and stands on the 'Isle of Wedmore' near Chapel Allerton, a 15 minute drive from the M5 junction at Edithmead to the south and around 15 minutes drive from Cheddar to the north.

We also have vacant premises which could be utilised for filming or usage as part of a TV series, when they are available. 

What has been filmed in Sedgemoor?

Both Berrow and Burnham Beach are regularly used as film locations and have both featured in diverse programmes such as Casualty, Top Gear, Normandy Landing Re-enactment, BBC 3's Young Mum's Mansion, Alexander the Greats Desert Campaign, a number of Natural History Films together with various pop videos including one by chart toppers Mcfly.

Berrow Dunes Sedgemoor District Council was also delighted to work with the BBC to assist with their filming of the period drama 'The Crimson Field'. Based around the time of the First World War the BBC transformed part of the Berrow Dunes area into a First World War Field Hospital. 

We once again worked with the BBC on the filming of key scenes of BBC 2 drama 'Wolf Hall'. These scenes were filmed on the Bridgwater Canal and feature the Albert Street Cutting posing as Traitors Gate. 

Berrow Beach was also transformed into War time Jersey when Bill Kenwright Films moved in November 2015. The feature film titled "Another Mother's Son" is  the true story of Louisa Gould and is set during World War 2 on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey.