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Filming in Thanet

Why should you film in Thanet?  

What makes Thanet a great place to film?

Hopefully the answers to these questions are below.


Thanet has a diverse range of locations.

Three main coastal towns of Broadstairs, Margate, and Ramsgate.  Each town is different to its neighbours.

Smaller towns & villages: Acol, Birchington, Cliffsend, Manston, Minster, Monkton, St Nicholas at Wade and Westgate on Sea.

19 miles of sandy beaches which are some of the best in the south east.  

London to Thanet - 1 hour 17 minutes via HS1 High Speed train.

The only Royal Harbour in the UK with a commercial port alongside.

In 2015, Dreamland is due to re-open with an operational Scenic Railway.

We have a wide range of locations locally which are considered to be film friendly from Grade II* listed Theatre Royal is the second oldest theatre in the country.

Botany Bay is considered to be one of the most photogenic beaches for miles and has been used as a backdrop for drama, commercials, photoshoots and music videos.

We work closely with the Kent Film Office and will try to ensure that film-makers 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 a number of production crews including:

  • BBC - True Love with David Tennant filmed in Margate and the surrounding area for 6 weeks,
  • Channel 4 - Ricky Gervais filmed an episode of Derek at Broadstairs and Dumpton Gap
  • Commercials 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 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 library of images that we are able to offer as either research or to include in your film.