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Filming in Thanet

Thanet provides a diverse range of locations which includes the three main coastal towns of Broadstairs, Margate, and Ramsgate, alongside the smaller towns and villages of Acol, Birchington, Cliffsend, Manston, Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas at Wade and Westgate on Sea.

There are 19 miles of sandy beaches which are some of the best in the south east.  The area can boast that it has an airport and the HS1 High Speed train to London (6 Railway Stations) and it is also home to the only royal harbour in the UK.

We can offer you a wide variety of locations from the Grade II* listed Theatre Royal to the unspoilt Botany Bay.  Working closely with the Kent Film Office we will try to ensure that filmmakers not only find the perfect location but that the process is completed with the minimum of fuss.

Last year was a busy year for Thanet's Film Office. apart from Botany Bay, Margate was the star of last year.  Margate was the backdrop for the ITV comedy Drama Edge of Heaven filmed by Hartswood films in September and October 2013.  The crew should be congratulated on how sunny they made Margate look despite some of the worst weather experienced by a production crew in the area.

In the last few years we have worked with BBC - True Love with David Tennant filmed in Margate and the surrounding area for 6 weeks, ITV, Channel 4 - Ricky Gervais filmed an episode of Derek at Broadstairs and Dumpton Gap and a number of independent film companies have worked in the area. Commericals for Waitrose with Heston Blumenthal, BP Olympics sponsorship, McDonalds have visited for two different adverts - Advert 1 for Happy Meals and Advert 2 for there American is here.

Our Film Location Service

Thanet prides itself on being a film friendly area and we aim to provide a one-stop shop for film location managers, offering a variety of services designed to make filming in Thanet easy. We can help you with:

  • Finding the best locations
  • Permission to film can be arranged using the excellent links we have with Kent Film Office, Kent Highways and Kent Police.
  • Providing a range of support services and useful contacts
  • Liaising with council departments on your behalf
  • Attending initial technical visits with relevant personnel
  • Arranging parking facilities
  • Guidance on health and safety issues
  • Kent Film Office can arrange your road closures

Thanet offers this service on the basis of a completed film request form, evidence/copy of your public liability insurance (minimum value of £5 million) and risk assessment.

Thanet location service can advise on a variety of different areas including some of the best beaches in Kent, seafront promenades, harbours at Margate and Broadstairs, and Ramsgate Royal Harbour, Port of Ramsgate, local parks and buildings.

If you are looking for a location that the council do not own, we will try to assist with contact details from our database of local businesses who consider themselves to be “film friendly”.  We are here to help with all your filming needs.

Thanet District Council also has a small library of films and images that we are able to offer as either research or to include in your film.

Botany Bay is one of our most popular locations below is a fashion video filmed in 2011 and released in 2012.

Veiled Water, is a short fashion narrative showcasing the fashion by Alexandra Groover and filmed by Nicola Saint-Marc



A short synopsis of the film - Rising from the water and now lost on land she yearns to return to her aquatic utopia amongst the foam. Inspired by the legends of Faroese, Gaelic and Icelandic folklore, “Veiled Water” is a fashion narrative starring a lost selkie who must return to the sea. The film follows her fatal demise, as she finally accepts her destiny.

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