Four-week closure set for Audley End as Danny Boyle TV drama begins filming
PUBLISHED: 13:16 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 09 June 2017
Audley End House will be closed to the public for four weeks after it was chosen as a filming location for a new 10-part television drama from award-winning director Danny Boyle.
Filming will take place from Monday, June 19, to Friday, July 14, and Audley House will be fully closed to the public on weekdays and weekends during that period.
The gardens will be open to the public at the weekends during filming, and the weekend events programme will continue to run as usual.
In advance of filming, English Heritage’s curators will be removing the historic collection from some of the rooms and as a result, the usual visitor route through the house may change.
The production at Audley End, in Saffron Walden, Essex, is one of the largest since Netflix drama The Crown filmed at the English Heritage site.
Jamie Osborne, general manager at Audley End House and Gardens, said: “We’re very excited to welcome Danny Boyle and his team to Audley End.
“Audley End’s starring role in such a high-calibre television series will mean that more people will discover this beautiful and fascinating property.
“This is a major production but we’ve made sure to keep the closing times to a minimum and ensure that the gardens remain open at the weekends and that throughout filming, our weekend events run as normal.
“We’re sorry if this causes any inconvenience to any of our visitors. English Heritage is a charity and every penny we receive from this production will go straight back into looking after Audley End and the other sites in our care.”
• Upcoming events at Audley End include Classis Cars on Father’s Day (Sunday 18 June), and a brand new event on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June – Blooming Gardens.
Visitors can enjoy a plant and garden festival along with tours and workshops led by the Audley End gardening team.
The first of English Heritage’s popular Stables Weekends will also take place on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 – the theme will be horse and hawk and visitors can see expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horse back.
On Sunday, July 9, the grounds of Audley End will be brought to life with live jazz and swing music.