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Tim Burton filmed Miss Peregrine in rural England

Filmmaker Tim Burton shot his new fantasy movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children largely in the UK, with additional location work in Belgium and Florida.

Based on a novel by Ransom Riggs, the film tells the story of a teenage boy from Florida and his adventures with the ‘peculiar’ inhabitants of a remote Welsh orphanage run by Eva Green’s enigmatic Miss Peregrine.

Miss Peregrine in Cornwall

The Caerhays Estate in Cornwall, south-west England, stood in for the Welsh island community that is home to Miss Peregrine and the children in her care. 

“Only the estate and beaches were used for the filming of Miss Peregrine,” said Lucinda Rimmington, marketing manager at the Caerhays Estate. “It would be lovely in the future if the castle could be used.

“The whole area is unspoilt and can easily be taken back in time. The crew did an amazing job transforming East Portholland.

“We managed to transform Caerhays into a Welsh coastal village in the 1950s – anything is possible.”

While Cornwall stood in for Wales, the production team travelled to mainland Europe to find the building that was used for exterior shots of Miss Peregrine’s orphanage.

Miss Peregrine coastal filmingA 19th century castle in Tarenhof near Antwerp in Belgium stood in for the building itself, while interiors were filmed at Longcross Studios west of London in the UK.

“It just felt like a home for peculiar children,” said Burton, commenting on the suitability of Tarenhof as a filming location.

“It looked a bit tired but it still seemed like a homey place that had great character to it, and like somewhere children would want to live.”

The UK remains of the top production hubs in the world, partly because of its generous filming incentive support. Film and TV work is generally based in London but more shoots are moving outside the capital, with production spending in the English regions rising to £102m in 2015, according to recent figures from Creative England.  

Cornwall is the main filming location for the hit BBC One period drama Poldark and has also hosted Hollywood before, notably for scenes in Brad Pitt’s 2013 zombie drama World War Z.

For more on filming in the UK see our production guide.

Images: Jay Maidment/Twentieth Century Fox


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