With the exciting arrival of the newest season of The Witcher, we thought we’d let you in on some of the filming locations set just on the outskirts of London for you to visit and get some monster hunting on. Although a sighting of Henry Cavill is sadly pretty unlikely on a visit to these filming locations, you may want to watch out for any beasts lurking about in the shadows.
1. The garden in Redania in Egham
The stunning palace garden in the realm of Redania was filmed in the Great Fosters Hotels in Egham, just by Heathrow Airport. The intricate and beautifully kept topiary garden is featured and was created in 1918. Originally designed by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins, the gardens are amongst the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe. Framed on three sides by a Saxon moat and designed to reflect the intricate beauty of a Persian rug, the knot garden is embellished with fragrant beds of flowers and herbs bordered by manicured hedges and topiary. This garden is certainly worthy of royalty.
2. The Belleteyn Festival at Epping Forest
The Belleteyn festival is a fan favourite event from The Witcher, and luckily for us the scene was filmed right outside London in Epping Forest. Sometimes known as ‘May Day’ or ‘May Night’, the Belleteyn is a fertility festival and centers around new life. The festival was filmed in Strawberry Hill Pond and Jacks Hill Park in Epping Forest which borders between Greater London and Essex. Epping Forest gives major medieval forest, fantasy realm and witch hunting vibes so it’s no surprise it was chosen as a filming location for The Witcher.
3. Virginia Water Lake
Not far from the Great Fosters Hotel and lying on the Southern Edge of Windsor Great Park is Virginia Water Lake which was reportedly used to shoot numerous night scenes in series three. Virgnia Water’s whimsical waterfall known as the Cascade which was completed in 1789 also features on the show, as well as the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna which were brought from Libya during the height of the British Empire. The lake as also played host to other film crew as it was also used throughout the Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts Lake.
4. Jolly Farm in Sevenoaks
Jolly Farm sits just outside of the M25 and gives all of the old fashioned medieval farm vibes so it’s no surprise that The Witcher was shot at this idyllic farm. The farm features an ancient ancient stable yard, vintage-packed farmhouse complete with all its original features including carts, jumps and side saddles, with chickens and peacocks roaming about freely and an adorable name to boot. The farm also has chickens, horses/ponies, sheep, and cattle, and even a Norman bridge.