Filming locations in the South of England

landscape with conifer forest on the horizon

Hiring our woodland for your next project

Forestry England is the largest landowner in England and here in the South District we are the busiest of the six due to our proximity to major London studios. 

We cover all of Dorset, Hampshire and parts of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, and West Sussex. With backdrops to suit any woodland setting from the iconic Bourne Woods bowl to the mystical ambiance of Redlands, we are ready to accommodate your production’s needs. Previously hosting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and Napoleon (2023), who turned an area in Surrey into the snowy frozen battle of Austerlitz. See more hosted productions below.

We have developed a portfolio of 8 Woodlands to offer the Film and TV industry which are close to London and the film studios

Explore the portfolio below, and if anything catches your eye, or you would like to see more, contact Caroline Wright and Verity Lavender at

Marvel’s ‘Kraven the Hunter’ required a sophisticated 2nd Unit shoot involving stunts, wire rigging, pyrotechnics, action vehicles, cranes, traffic management and a helicopter. We enjoyed positivity, support and professionalism from the first day to the last.

Alex Gladstone, Supervising Location Manager

Spotlight on: Bourne Wood 

Made famous by Ridley Scott’s Gladiator in 2000, Bourne Wood has been a sought-after location for various movie productions. 

The primary allure of this area lies in its grassy bowl, embraced by soft hills adorned with pine. The vantage points offer views of the unique topography. 

Accessible via a well-maintained tarmacked road, the woodland leads to a spacious hardstanding area, providing an ideal on-site unit base for your productions’ needs.

Actor dressed in knights armour talking to children
Photo credit: Caroline Wright
old wooden house in forest

Spotlight on: Alice Holt Forest 

Alice Holt, a large forest offering filmmakers a mix of scenery. 

Wander along solid trails and find intriguing spots between a blend of coniferous and broadleaved trees. 

Access is good via forest roads, while the forest's amenities including a visitor's centre, cafe, and abundant parking, ensure an efficient filming experience.

Forestry England, valued members of the Filming in England Partnership, offer access to a wealth of unique landscapes across the country. With an array of locations that seamlessly double for settings around the globe, the filming team opens doors to exceptional opportunities for filmmakers.

Hayley Armstrong Head of Production Services at Creative England

Spotlight on: Bury Hill

Discover the expansive beauty of Bury Hill, a 240-hectare broadleaf woodland that promises an immersive experience for filmmakers. 

With its undulating topography serviced by an arterial forest road, and splintering paths, Bury Hill offers a dynamic backdrop perfect for a variety of woodland scenes. 

Capture scenic views over the adjacent fields and surrounding buildings from many vantage points, adding depth and realism to your productions. 

path through woodland
Photo credit: Verity Lavender
18th century robber in front of golden coach in a forest
Louisa Harland in Renegade Nell - Photo credit: Robert Viglasky

Some of the productions hosted in our forests

  • Lloyd’s Bank TV Commercial 2023
  • Napoleon – 2022
  • The Witcher: Season 2 - 2020
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 2018
  • Transformers: The Last Knight - 2016
  • Wonder Woman - 2016

Get in touch for the full portfolio of images

email Caroline Wright and Verity Lavender at

Forest landscape with fenced off area
Photo credit: Steve Mortimer


Night scene of Napoleon film set in forest


Essential links

view from behind cameras on a film set in a forest

Our Filming and Events Manager, Caroline Wright and our Filming Ranger, Verity Lavender can assist you with any filming questions.

Still image from Thor a Dark World, filmed in the forest

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Working with Forestry England was great. They were very accommodating, helpful, and easy to work with, on what turned out to be a complex and challenging shoot.

Jamie Jones, supervising location manager -Back in Action (Feature Film for Netflix)