The New Forest plays host to a variety of unique filming locations from its untouched woodland and far-reaching heathland, a vast 43-mile coastline to historic buildings, flowing rivers, picturesque roads, industrial sites, bygone towns and villages, free-roaming animals, and much more.
Locations listed within our database include town and village centres, tourist attractions, farms, open countryside and woodland, businesses and private residences. To view these please click here or access our database via the button at the bottom of the page.
The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005 to give this outstanding landscape the highest level of protection and to preserve it for the nation to enjoy for generations to come.
In addition to its status as a National Park, the New Forest is subject to two separate European-level conservation designations due to its international importance for biodiversity.
The New Forest National Park Authority does not manage or own land in the New Forest, instead much of the New Forest’s open areas of heathland and forestry are 'Crown Land’. This is defined as ‘land in which there is a Crown interest or a Duchy interest'. Other land is managed by public and private landowners.
Forestry England manage the Crown Land (woodland/heathland and the car parks within it) In the context of increasing recreation pressure and the range of activities, levels of use and scale of the New Forest, it is necessary to have a protocol that sets out how each type of activity and event can be undertaken on Crown Land. Find out more about filming on Crown Land.
New Forest District Council administers the Film New Forest project and also has properties and locations, including on the coast, for which permission to film may be sought.
Filming at private locations
If you enquire to film at one of the private locations on our database, we will contact the location on your behalf (with the filming details you supply to us) and if the location owner is happy to agree in principle to the filming, then we will introduce you to each other (normally via email) and leave it to the owner to negotiate any filming fees etc.
Filming on New Forest District Council Land including Coastal Locations
If the planned filming location is on New Forest District Council land; the Film:New Forest team can work with the various council departments to facilitate your permission to film.
Typically, a fee will only be charged for filming on council land if there is a cost implication on our side, such as the closure of a council car park. Clarification can be given on a project-by-project basis from the Film:New Forest team.
Filming in Towns & Villages
View the individual New Forest towns and villages pages for a taste of what is available.
If the filming is to take place on Town or Parish council land, then a member of the team will signpost you to where permission must be sought.
New Forest District Council (NFDC) do not grant permission for recreational flights but do give permission for commercial flights on a case by case basis, subject to CAA guidelines and insurance requirements as outlined in the 'Fly a drone for commercial purposes' application form (which is available on request). Please contact us if you wish to apply to fly a drone over NFDC land.
Permission to operate a drone on New Forest Crown lands may only be granted by Forestry England for the purposes of filming, operational and scientific/research. Applications for permission will be reviewed and may be issued with constraints and limitations on use if appropriate. Find out more about drone filming on crown land visit: https://www.forestryengland.uk/article/new-forest-permission-drone-flying
Depending on the nature and location of filming, you may also need to notify the police, any public or private landowners as appropriate, and the Hampshire Highways Department (especially if road closures are required). More information can be viewed on the Hampshire County Council website.
A member of the team will signpost you to where permission must be sought.
View the New Forest Filming Locations
View the New Forest filming locations.
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Update an existing filming location
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