Clevedon, North Somerset
In fiction it’s set in Dorset: but in reality many of the scenes from ITV’s award-winning drama Broadchurch were shot in Clevedon. We have put together this trail around the town of locations used in series 1 and 2.
Broadchurch series one was nominated for seven BAFTA awards. Olivia Colman won Best Actress, David Bradley won Best Supporting Actor, and the show was named Best Drama Series. The Radio Times named it the best television series of 2013.
The third and final series starts filming this summer and once again uses various locations in and around Clevedon.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.
They will be joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight part series to be co-produced for ITV by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.
Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.
The Broadchurch Trail
If you come by car there is limited free parking on the seafront and car parks at Salthouse Fields (BS21 7TU) and Hawthorns (BS21 7RA) (opposite the bandstand).
Marine Lake (1)
(hard to believe but this was the location for the boat burning in series 1!)
Marine Lake, built in 1929, encloses a sea inlet that is filled and replenished by high tides. Its design ensures that the stunning views across the Bristol Channel remain unimpeded. Marine lakes were a popular feature of seaside resorts after World War One particularly in areas like Clevedon with very great tidal ranges where there is no safe, easy access to the sea
Poets Walk (2) and Wain’s Hill (3)
(used in both series)
Clevedon’s fine coastal walks offer stunning views which have inspired many great poets including Coleridge, Tennyson and Thackeray. This popular walk which starts near Marine Lake goes up into woodland before stretching out on the coast above with stunning views of the Bristol Channel and Wales. Sugar Lookout point on Poets Walk was originally built in 1835 and is said to have been used to see ships coming from the West Indies. The area is also the site of an Iron Age hill fort, and at Clevedon Pill the Land Yeo and Blind Yeo rivers discharge into the sea. This was a harbour at the time of Henry VIII.
Clevedon Pill (4) and Marshall’s Field and Bank (5)
(used in both series)
Marshall’s Field, just behind some of the main characters’ fictional homes, plays a crucial part in the Broadchurch world in both series.
St Andrews Church and cemetery (6)
(Broadchurch Parish Church of St. Bede featured largely in both series)
This is Clevedon’s oldest church, dating from the 12th century, and is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen. The church has two sanctuary rings (a ring on a church door, ensuring sanctuary to any laying hold of it) and for its pagan connections with ‘Sheela-na-gig’ (fertility symbol) and ‘Green Man’ images.
Salthouse Fields and seafront (7)
(the skate park and amusement arcade in series 1)
Clevedon's playground where many residents and visitors come to relax. There's a miniature railway, children’s playground, bouncy castle, crazy golf, tennis courts, and a refreshment kiosk. Donkey rides are often available during the summer.
Alexandra News on Alexandra Rd (8)
(interior of Jack Marshall’s newsagents in series 1)
Hill Road (9),
Clevedon’s thriving independent shopping area, became Broadchurch High Street – centre of a lot of action in both series.
The Food Market at Seeley’s (Broadchurch Echo Offices in series 1)
The crew refurbished a vacant shop Seeleys, which became the Broadchurch Echo, with incredible attention to detail. Now the shop is a successful local food and craft market – which has been running for well over a year. Traders on Hill Road got the idea to set up a market after seeing the fictional outdoor Broadchurch Market set up, and with a grant from North Somerset Council’s High Street Innovation Fund were able to transform Seeley’s into the great community market it is today.
N.22 Hill Road (exterior of Traders Hotel in both series)
Formerly a branch of Lloyds Bank, number 22 became the exterior of the Traders Hotel, where David Tennant’s character stayed. The transformation of the outside was so convincing that people were actually trying to use the phone number to book tables in the hotel restaurant!
You can’t refresh yourself at the Traders Hotel, but there are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops on Hill Road!
Go down Hill Road towards the coast and you will come to the iconic Clevedon Pier – the only Grade 1 listed pier in the country. It was described by Sir John Betjeman as "the most beautiful pier in England”. Although not featured in Broadchurch the Pier has featured in lots of photo shoots for advertisements and has its own filming highlights:
- A scene from the 2010 film of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley was filmed on the Pier and used in the film poster.
- And in March 2014, under strict secrecy and security One Direction helicoptered into Clevedon to film the video of “You and I” – rumours of the shoot spread like wildfire on social media and by the end of the day crowds of fans had gathered and Clevedon Pier had gone viral on Twitter!
Back on the Broadchurch trail walk up Wellington Terrace to Walton Park Hotel (10) (Traders Hotel interiors in both series).
If you want to take a longer coastal walk go to Ladye Bay and follow the coastal path up to Redcliffe Bay, Portishead, and stop at the many rock ‘balconies’ by the sea and rock pools.
While you’re in Clevedon why not take time to discover more of this lovely coastal town. Maybe go and see a film at the Curzon Community Cinema in Old Church Road. Over 100 years old the cinema is reputed to be the oldest continually running purpose-built cinema in the world. www.curzon.org.uk
Visit the National Trust’s Clevedon Court in Tickenham Road - an outstanding 14th-century manor house and 18th-century terraced garden. (check the National Trust website for opening times www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clevedon-court)
Discover unique local arts and crafts at Clevedon Craft Centre, an all-year-round attraction with free parking. The studios and workshops are housed in the outbuildings of a 17th-century Somerset "long farm" which was once part of the Clevedon Court Estate. http://www.clevedoncraftcentre.co.uk/