Living where we do we are lucky enough to have a number of iconic buildings and special places which have been the setting of many a film. Once I started looking into it, I was surprised by just how many there are and that a number of them are my favourite Rom-Coms. There are also a lot that I have never heard of…. But today I thought I would share with you some of the most popular. With the festive season upon us they are ideal for a family visit. If you want to visit then you can look up the address for any of these locations via PCA Predict.

  • Love Actually – Epsom Downs Racecourse. Now this totally took me by surprise as I use to work very close to Epsom Down Racecourse and so have been to many a horse meet there. The iconic scene in the movie where they show people meeting the supposed arrivals hall in Heathrow. The bit that grabs your heart and always moves me to tears… well its not in the airport at all. Its at the racecourse. The producers totally had been fooled.


  • The Holiday – Are your sensing a theme in the sort of films I watch? Well I love this one which sees Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet exchange homes for the holiday season. After their relationships break down… needless to say they find true love. One of the homes is a quant little cottage in the middle of the country. As part of the village set up a pub features prominently (naturally) which is actually The White Horse in Sphere (near Dorking). I have often driven past this pub on a cut through from home to Guilford.


  • Four Weddings & A Funeral – This was probably the first rom com that I ever watched at the tender age of fifteen. One of the churches used in the film is also near Dorking – in Betchworth. I can see Hugh Grant walking up to the entrance now. Its hard to think it was the film which I remember so clearly is now twenty three years old.


  • The Wedding Date – I love this film and it catches me every time … I am a big believer in happy ever after. Basically Debra Messing hires a escort to take her to her sisters wedding where her ex is also going to be. Needless to say she falls head over heels in love with him. But ends up having to come clean to her family at the same time her sister comes clean to sleeping with her ex. But of course this wouldn’t be a happy ever after if that didn’t happen. Even if the path to get there is rocky. Turns out the film features a number of local attractions including Winkworth Arboretum and St James Church in Sphere


  • Bridget Jones Diary: The Edge of Reason – Keeping on the Sphere theme, St James Church is obviously a popular spot for producers. As it also appears in the final wedding scene in the 2003 Bridget Jones Diary. Assuming you can of course see pass the horrendous lilac dresses and fully shawls.

If I ever get some time to myself when Hubby is out and I have control of the remote control then I always opt for a Rom-Com. Next time that happens I will be keeping my eyes open for local landmarks in the back ground.

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  1. Hi, I knew about most of the films but not about Love Actually and the airport scene being at Epsom Racecourse #bloggerclubuk

  2. You have completely blown my mind that the Love Actually airport scene is not as an airport. I can’t get over it #bloggerclubuk

  3. You sometimes forget how picturesque and how big a county Surrey actually is. I must take the kids for a drive out there more often. I’m such a fan of Bridget Jones and Love Actually!

  4. Iris Tilley Reply

    County Surrey is a great place to visit great for kids dogs and adults not been for a while though

  5. anthony harrington Reply

    love reading about film locations. we used to go to Wooburn Grange which was the Hotel that was used for Fawlty Towers, it was a country club with a nightclub, was great fun going up the driveway quoting lines from the show. sadly it caught fire and was demolished and now flats are there, many people were disappointed to find out was filmed in Buckinghamshire and not Torquay.

  6. Louise Clarke Reply

    I didnt know Bridget Jones Diary was filmed at St James Church. Its my all time favourite film

  7. Leila Benhamida Reply

    The only location I usually recognise in movies are London. ?

  8. Lyndsey Cooksey Reply

    It’s lovely when you have a place on your doorstep you can go visit and make a day of. I live in the West midlands and I’m not far from the Black Country museum and Peaky Blinders was being filmed there just the other week!

  9. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    I had no idea that Surrey was such a mega location for rom coms, time for a little break to experience for ourselves, I think


    I love a good romcom always cheers me up and there are usually some good tunes in them as well

  11. We once had a production crew call to ask if they could use our house to film Unforgiven in. Mum said no.

  12. What an unusual post – and an interesting one. I wonder if I will ever be asked a question about film locations in a quiz?

    A really fab pic of the little one, too.

  13. Anthea Holloway Reply

    I am so surprised to learn all these films had Surrey locations. How super!

  14. Lynsey Buchanan Reply

    Interesting read.

    I remember they filmed “doomsday” in the street in Glasgow I was living in. There was an old listed building in my street which had been a school, I think was the reason my street was chosen as it was not really that bad, honestly lol.

  15. Kayleigh Watkins Reply

    I love all of these films, your so lucky having the film settings on your doorstep, my fiance works in a factory and they have a section cordoned off where Dr who record, but staff have to walk around the long way when they are filming xxx

  16. Sam Cornford Reply

    I never knew that about Epsom. I remember as a child going to Epsom race course every year with my nan and grandad for some massive fair and market.

  17. Tee Simpson Reply

    I dont mind a goid rom-com every now and again. How lovely there are scenes nearby

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