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A “Must Do” Treat For All Harry Potter Fans

One of the most exciting days out for fans of Harry Potter has to be a trip to visit the Leavesden Studios of Warner Bros where every one of the films between 2000 and 2010 was made.

Leavesden is situated between Watford and Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire, and in 1940 Leavesden Aerodrome was created by the Air Ministry and the de Havilland Aircraft Company as a base at which to build what would become the Mosquito fighter plane. Leavesden was also used to build the Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber and by the end of the war it was the largest factory in the world. Later, the airfield was used to produce Rolls Royce aircraft engines, but they left the site in the early 1990’s and the aerodrome became disused.

In 1994, Eon Productions was looking for a site for its’ production of the James Bond film GoldenEye, as Pinewood Studios was fully booked, and they leased Leavesden, converting the hangars and factories into film studios, offices, and workshops. Subsequently, in 2000, Heyday Films acquired the site on behalf of Warner Bros in order to make Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Warner Bros finally bought the site in 2010 and subsequently invested more than £100 million developing it further.

Permanent Exhibition

As part of its’ development, Warner Bros created two brand new soundstages in order to house a permanent exhibition known as Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which opened in 2012. The studio tour usually takes about three hours and the attraction can handle up to 6,000 visitors a day. The tour is styled like a theme park, and the standard tour is self-guided, but there are also options for various guided tours.

Here you can step inside the Great Hall, look inside Hagrid’s hut, and explore the Wand Room. Take a trip down Diagon Alley, wander through Dumbledore’s office, and admire the antique furniture in Gryffindor Common Room. You can also see the Chamber of Secrets, have fun with the special effects in the Weasley Kitchen, and see the Invisibility Cloak.

Next up is the triple decker Knight Bus and the Dursleys’ house on Privet Drive, and you can also buy Butterbeer! No trip to Hogwarts would be complete without a look at some of the many goblins and elves that were created by the Creature Effects department over a period of ten years.

The Forbidden Forest

The latest part of the attraction to open is the Forbidden Forest which opened on March 31st, and here you are in for a really frightening experience. There are 19 very life-like trees with realistic bark and entwined roots hiding a number of creatures, including the hippogriffs, in the dark. There is also a full size working model of Buckbeak which has had every feather put in place individually by hand. Hagrid also makes an appearance, but further into the forest lurks the acromantular, Aragog. The spider has an 18 foot leg-span and was hand-fitted with sisal, yak hair, and hemp from brooms. It emerges from its’ lair when you are least expecting it and sends lightning and thunder through the forest. In the film it took 15 people to operate it.

Of course, you can see the Hogwarts Express steam engine which is actually the GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall dressed up as 5972 Hogwarts Castle, and you can visit the railway shop at Platform 9¾. Here you can have your photo taken while you push the trolley through the wall. You can sit in the carriage that was used as the original set and look through the “windows” at the Dementor attack and the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog.

See the Memory Cabinet, the Time-Turner, and an array of beautiful hand-made wands personalised for each character. Wander among the spooky ghost costumes, admire Hermione’s Yule Ball gown, and view the Quidditch robes.

There is certainly a lot to see at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London and it is well worth a visit for every Harry Potter fan. You can call into the Studio Shop before going home and buy replica wands, clothing, and other souvenirs.

Click here to book your Harry Potter Studio Tour..

Emmerdale Tours

For those that don’t know, Emmerdale is filmed on a purpose-built set on The Harewood Estate near Leeds in Yorkshire.  Since 1998 it has used this life-sized replica of Esholt, West Yorkshire as the location for filming the show.  Before this time it was filmed in the real village of Esholt in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  When they made the decision to put out 3 episodes a week they decided to look into a location for building a replica village.  The filming was becoming more and more disruptive to the people who lived in Esholt.  They would have to park their cars further afield and not walk into shots, plus fans of the show how to turn up to have a nose around.

The Harewood Estate was known to the show because they used two farmhouses in a field on the estate as exterior scenes for the Dingles farm and Glovers farm.  In June 1997 they began construction and copied the entire row of 4 houses next to the Woolpack and the 4 running along from the adjoined post office.  All the buildings were built to look the same and the replica set was finished by December of the same year.  The only difference to Esholt is that they made the stonework look more Dales like.  Apparently, they put yogurt over the stonework to encourage algea and moss to grow to make them look old.

Here at Brit Movie Tours, we have always been fans of the show. We have 4 Emmerdale tours for fans to choose from.  Below is a little summary of each tour:

Emmerdale Tour of Classic Locations

Our Emmerdale Tour of Classic Locations takes you to the original locations which are spread around West Yorkshire.  The tour lasts for 4 hours and takes you to the market towns of Otley (Hotton) and  Esholt  (Emmerdale Village).  Along the way, you will have a chance  to get off the bus and see the locations up close, but also enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside along the way.

The tours costs £29 for adults, £21 for OAPs and £21 for children under 16.

Click here to learn more and book

Emmerdale Village Tour

The Emmerdale Village Tour will take you around the live working TV set within Harewood Estate in Leeds. The tour is purely a walking tour of the exterior of the village as interior scenes are filmed elsewhere.  It lasts for 4 hours and will take you past Bob’s Cafe, The woolpack, the village Church and the familiar stone cottages. The chances of seeing the actors are slim as they only allow tours on the days the actors are off learning scripts.  However, if you keep reading you will learn we do have a tour for those wishing to meet a star from the show.

The village tour costs £65 for adults, £44 for OAP’s and £55 for children under 16.

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Emmerdale Studio Experience

Many fans that have been on our village and classic locations tour often book for the studio experience.  This tour allows you to see the behind the scenes and learn how the production team puts everything together.  It lasts for 90 minutes and is based at the ITV studios in Leeds. However please note that the full-scale set reconstructions are just that, reconstructions, and not the actual interior sets used, as these are constantly in use for the shows filming.
The Emmerdale Studio Experience costs £26 for adults, £25 for OAP’s and £24.50 for children unde4r 16.

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Meet an Emmerdale Star in Leeds

We are lucky to be able to offer you the chance to meet one of the actors from the show. You would need to book a location tour and at the end of the tour, we will arrange a private meeting where you can enjoy a drink or a meal with a star from the show.  You can get autographs and have your photograph taken with them and ask them questions only they can answer.  It is the all singing and dancing day out for serious fans of Emmerdale.

Click here to learn more and book.

Facts you might not know about Emmerdale

  • Originally the show was called ‘Emmerdale Farm’ and first broadcast in 1972 but changed to just Emmerdale in 1989.
  • The cast drinks real beer during recording but advised to drink small amounts during takes.
  • The episode where a plane exploded over the village was watched by their largest audience, 18 million viewers.
  • Ross Kemp, Pam St Clements, Anna Friel and Spice Girl Mel B have appeared in the soap.
  • The cast was kept in the dark for the ‘Who killed Tom King’ plotline and eleven different endings were recorded.
  • Edna’s dog Batley became the first animal to win a British Soap Award when it was put down after fighting a battle with cancer.
  • A full-time gardener works at the village and ensures the correct flowers are in bloom at the right time.  As the show films 6 weeks in advance, the gardener has his work cut out to ensure the right flowers bloom 6 weeks early.

Latest Storyline Rumours

This summer will be exciting for fans as it’s rumored a that Emma will finally get her comeuppance.  Emmerdale has clarified that Emma will be killed off in dramatic circumstances, possibly a shooting.  Also, the control freak that is Pierce is also rumoured to get his comeuppance.  Poor Rhona has had a long and arduous battle with painkiller addiction and because she keeps the secret of Pierce raping her, this eats her up inside and she starts to use the pills again as a coping mechanism.  The bullying storyline is also heating up as Dan Spencer discovers thug Josh’s lifeless bloodied body. Will he get the blame? It’s all happening on the famous cobbles and this summer looks set to be one to remember!

If Emmerdale is your favourite soap and you can’t get enough of it, why not join us and other like-minded fans on one of our tours.  We share lots of unknown facts about the soap and try to make each tour entertaining as well as educational.  People of all ages are welcome to book with us, we look forward to welcoming you on one of our Emmerdale tours.

 

 

 

 

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A Harry Potter Book Club is Coming to London

Did you know that it is nearly 20 years since the very first Harry Potter book was published? Bloomsbury published ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ on the 26th June 1997 and the following year in America. It’s hard to believe that before that date Harry Potter was unknown to the world and just a character on JK Rowlings imagination.  I suspect she didn’t realise what impact the release of that book would have on the world.  She must of believed in herself as she was turned down my publishers time and time again.  Now 6 books and 8 box office smashing movies later there can’t be many people in the world who haven’t heard of the Harry Potter phenomenon.

So what’s new in the world of wizards and muggles for 2017? There is a Wizard Book Club being launched  in London which is especially for lovers of the Harry Potter books.  The idea is to help Londoner’s  de-stress and relax by reading the Harry Potter books  together.  It is for old fans and new, however it’s for over 18’s as alcohol will be served.  Many people have seen the films but never read the books.  The Wizard Book Club will take place at a secret location in London, members will get an email a week before the event. Two chapters of the stories will read out loud by one of their storytellers and then lots of activities and treats will be on offer.   Each week will have a different theme based on the chapters members will be reading. It starts on Tuesday 7th June and will run on every Tuesday until the 15th August.  So if you’re an adult Potter fan new or old and can attend the book club in London  head over to this website and book your tickets today.  There will be limited places so the sooner you book the better.  This Wizard Book Club is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or Bloomsbury Publishing. The tickets are £25 to join and then £15 a week thereafter.

Here at Brit Movie Tours we have been taking fans on our Harry Potter Tours for a few years now.  They are one of our best loved and most popular tours. Fans can join us on a mini coach tour of locations around London on our Harry Potter Bus Tour of London locations.  This tour last for about 3 hours and costs adults who are 16 years or over £27, and for children under 16 it’s £20.

We also have a Harry Potter tour in Oxford which is a two hour walking tour taking you some of the film locations used in the Harry Potter movies. This walking tour of Oxford costs adults (16 years+) £20 and children under 16 years £19.  We also have a Harry Potter London Walk and an all singing and dancing tour taking you to the Warner Bros. Studios as well as plenty of film locations.  There is a tour for all budgets so take a look at all of our tours over on this page. We look forward to welcoming you on one of our magical Harry Potter Tours.

 

 

Latest News on Peaky Blinders Series Four

The latest series of Peaky Blinders is currently in the filming stage. Cillian Murphy revealed that the filming would begin in March. True to his word last month Cillian was seen running around the streets of Liverpool in complete Tommy Shelby attire holding a gun. Other images show Tommy surrounded by white smoke which assumes shots were fired. So it seems series four will continue with its dramatic and tense scenes to thrill fans.

The end of season three had a real nail-biting climax as the police arrived and arrested  Polly, Michael, Arthur and John. But if the images of the filming scenes are anything to go by it seems Tommy has managed to get them out of the police hands as he was seen laughing with his onscreen brother Arthur, played by Paul Anderson during a break.

Although the drama is set in Birmingham many of the scenes were filmed in Liverpool which you can see on our Peaky Blinders tour here. Last month Kinmel Street, South Street, and Powis Street were all transformed to look like the 1920s. You can see the vintage billboards and classic cars been driven onto the streets in the video below:

When will Peaky Blinders season 4 air?

Filming of the current series is expected to last until the end of June this year. Then they will spend 3 months editing the show. This means the series could be shown on BBC2 around October or November this year. This is what happened with season 3 so although no official dates have been released; this is the thinking behind the expected release.

How many episodes will there be?

It is thought there will be 6 episodes like all the other series. In January the show’s creator Steven Knight said he had almost finished writing episode 6 which we presume was the final episode.

Any new cast members?

Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody tweeted a picture of himself in period costume on the set confirming he is appearing in the new series. There is no talk of what character he is playing but Steven Knight said he was perfect for the role. Knight said, “He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the Peaky Blinders.” Also Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen is set to feature in this new series. Again there is no word on what role he is playing yet.

Regarding the rest of the cast obviously Cillian Murphy will return as the head of the family Thomas Shelby. Tom Hardy is also back as Alfie Solomons. Other main cast members are all returning such as Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Joe Cole, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards and Kate Phillips, Natasha O’Keefe and Packy Lee.

Are they filming any scenes in Birmingham?

Their are rumours that more scenes will be filmed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in May.  Once again the Museum will be transformed into Charlie Strong’s scrap metal yard which is the place where Tommy stores and exports his illegal goods.

Will season 4 roll straight on from season 3?

Well again this is rumour but because there is a new older child playing Tommy’s son Charlie, it is assumed the next series will have moved on by a couple of years.

October cannot come round soon enough for us here at BMT.  We are all serious fans and cant wait to see the Shelby’s carry on their shenanigans!

Titanic Tour

Those who can afford luxury travel might be interested in learning that you can now head to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean and visit the wreck of the Titanic. British travel company Blue Marble Private, the firm behind the tour, promises a once-in-a-lifetime epic experience.  However it’s not just a simple day tour, it lasts for days!

Those that don’t mind paying the reported £86,500 for a ticket, (which incidentally is double the original £40,000 cost of a first class ticket to sail on titanic), will fly in a helicopter from Newfoundland to the expedition’s support yacht in the North Atlantic.  After two days on board the yacht learning about the ship, these extreme sightseers will get a five-hour dive to the sea bed to see the decaying remains of the Titanic. Nobody could dive that deep and survive the pressure so a special submersible designed by OceanGate Inc will take people safely to and fro. The specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible can reach depths of 4,000 metres and will be guided by a crew of experts.

Obviously this is not a tour for us humble folk,  but it its thought it will be popular with the rich, scientists, archaeologists and wannabe explorers. Only 9 people will go on any one tour.

Take a look and the link below for details of how to book:

http://www.bluemarbleprivate.com/insight/dive-the-titanic

Titanic Tours – by Blue Marble Private (Photo: Oceangate.com)

Titanic Facts

  • The Titanic ship sank after hitting an iceberg on 15 April 1912.
  • It was the ships maiden voyage and left Southampton heading for New York.
  • Over 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew died.
  • The ship was more than 880 feet long and 100 feet high – the worlds largest passenger ship at that time.
  • Some of the wealthiest people in the world were on the ship when it sank.
  • The richest passenger to die was John Jacob Astor IV who at the time had a net worth of around £68m (approximately £1.6 bn today)/
  • Some of the ship’s interiors were inspired by those at the Ritz hotel in London.
  • Only 16 lifeboats and four collapsible boats were on-board.
  • 100,000 people turned up to see the ship’s launch on May 31, 1911

Titanic 1997 Film Facts

  • The film gross of over $1.84 billion.
  • The movie cost $200 million to make with $7.5 million spent to reconstruct the ship.
  • The movie set was mounted on hydraulic jacks which could be tilted.
  • Titanic nominated for fourteen Academy Awards.
  • James Cameron apparently drew all the pictures in Jack’s sketchbook, also the hands seen sketching Rose were not Jack’s but Cameron’s.
  • Matthew McConaughey was meant to play Jack, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Gloria Stuart who played Rose Dawson and also narrates the film was the only person working on the film who was actually living in 1912, the year the ship sunk.
  • Gloria Stuart became the oldest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar at age 87.
  • Oddly after James Cameron finished the script, he discovered that there was a real J. Dawson who died aboard the Titanic.
  • They used a genuine artefact that survived the sinking, the piece of wooden paneling that Rose floated on after the sinking can be seen at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Traditional Tours UK

Brit Movie Tours is pleased to introduce its sister company Traditional Tours UK which was launched a few weeks ago.  Over the years we have had many people ask us about general sightseeing tours and other tours which we couldn’t really class as movie location tours. So the decision was made to create a new website where we can group tours which are not strictly based on movie locations.

Currently we have a number of literary tours, Beatles tours and general London tours. Each tour has been carefully thought about and put together to really give an insight into each particular tour. Where possible we have tour guides that are either experts in that genre or have personal experience with the people or places on tour.

Literary Tours

Beatrix Potter Lake District TourFor fans of great English literature we have a Beatrix Potter tour which takes you to the beautiful Lake District where you start your tour at Lake Windermere.  Next you visit Hill Top and walk in the footsteps of Miss Potter and see why she fell in love with the area and how it inspired her to write her famous children stories. This tour involves a lot of walking and lasts for over 4 hours.  It is not recommended for those with mobility issues.

Our Shakespeare tour is a walking tour around London taking you to places that the famous writer frequented. The route of the tour focuses on the South Bank area of London because that was hub of theatrical life in the capital during the life of Shakespeare. It’s a 2 hour walking tour run by an guide who is an expert on Shakespeare.

Our Dickens London walking tour will take you back to the 19th century and take you to places that Dickens frequented and inspired his early work.  On the 1 3/4 hour tour you will get to visit many sites that are mentioned in his writings from Pickwick Papers, Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist and many other books.

Beatles Tours

Beatles ToursThere are 3 Beatles tours, two in London and one in Liverpool. The Beatles tour of London plus rock sites will allow you to immerse yourself in the sites of London that played an important role in influencing the culture of the 1960’s, the punk revolution of the 1970’s and 80’s. You get to visit iconic locations including the famous zebra crossing which was used as the cover picture for the Abbey Roads album.  Other rock locations include Brian Epstein’s house, where Bob Geldof conceived the idea of Band Aid and the Rolling Stones’s Edith Grove apartments and nightclubs and neighbourhoods that have shaped the music industry.

Those wanting the all single and dancing Beatles tour can book the VIP tour of London. The tour guide for the VIP tours is a man who actually knew the fab four as he was the personal hairdresser from 1967 onwards. You will learn personal stories that you cannot hear anywhere else.  This really is an insight into the lives of the Beatles and can be customised to your personal interests.

The Beatles tour of Liverpool by taxi takes you to the childhood homes of each one of the Beatles. It is well known that Liverpool was a huge influence on their early music and helped inspire many lyrics and songs.  If you want to visit Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields then this 3 hour tour is the one for you.

London Tours

Panoramic tour LondonFinally we have a number of London tours taking you to some unusual places around the capital.  Those wanting to learn the history of London, our City London Walking tour is a must.  It is a 2 1/2 hour walking tour that will take in most of the famous landmarks as well as some hidden gems that you probably don’t know about.

Our quirky London tour is a tour dedicated to taking you to places a little off the beaten track.  It was put together to show off parts of London that often gets forgotten about.  Also there are many bizarre facts which the guide will share with you.  There are plenty of quirky places which make great photo opportunities.

The locations used in the famous Notting Hill film are on full display on our Notting Hill tour.  You will get to visit over 10 locations from the film including the real Travel Bookshop featured in the film.  Along route you get to see some of the current and former homes of the famous including Richard Branson and Richard Curtis. The tour winds up nicely at the famous Portobello Road Market where you will get some recommendations on where to eat and drink.

Fancy walking in the footsteps of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers Jack the Ripper?  Our the Jack the Ripper tour you will get to walk the Victorian alleyways in Whitechapel and learn about all the theories, facts and fiction that has fascinated the world since the discovery of the first body in 1888.

With a Westminster Tour, a Panoramic London tour, underground and pub tour, there is a tour for everyone. Head over to our new site Traditional Tours UK and get booking your next adventure.

 

 

 

Winter Is Coming!

The icy cold dread that fans have expected for months now: the Long Night of Winter is here, and the coming summer will be shorter than ever.

The 7th season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere on HBO in mid-2017.  HBO unsurprisingly greenlit Game of Thrones for a season 7 before season 6 even aired on TV.  Unlike previous seasons that all consisted of ten episodes, the seventh season will consist of only seven episodes something that Benioff and Weiss have hinted for months now.  In addition, it appears that season 8 looks poised to only be a mere six episodes.

However they have confirmed that the total time spent filming will be the same as for a 10-episode run – and according to Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont),  this means that the scale and size of the set pieces will be far more epic and extraordinary than ever if that’s possible! The season was filmed primarily in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland.

Game of Thrones season 7 cast: Who is in it?

Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cersei), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) all signed up back in 2014.

The same five actors were also optioned for an eighth run of episodes in June 2016 – for a reported $1.1million (£8 85,000) per episode.

Sophie Turner’s is obviously back playing the incredible Sansa Stark.  And  it looks like the Lady of Winterfell will return for the final season as she let it slip that she needs keep her schedule clear for Game of Thrones season 8 later in 2017.

Therefore, it seems like anything could happen in the next episode, including characters having appearances that have died by the hands of others.   This seems to be the case with the villainous Walder Frey.

This is not to say that Walder Frey has survived having his throat cut by Arya. However as Arya has learned how to change her appearance at will, perhaps Arya will be posing as Walder Frey in order to truly bring the family to their knees.  With Walder Frey returning in some capacity for Season 7, could other characters eventually reappear on Game of Thrones?

Therefore, with all the rumours we will have to wait until winter is here to find out if many of the speculations and rumours are true.  Will Jon Snow marry Sansa Stark? Will Bran let the White Walkers through the wall? and will Jamie kill Cersei?  The possibilities are endless….

If you want to see over 10 UK filming locations, we have a number of Game of Thrones Tours which are proving popular.  We welcome all GOT fans to join us and discuss some of these rumours.  You will get to walk around Winterfell Castle, meet the actual Direwolves, and get your photo taken on an Iron Throne.  We look forward to seeing you.

Game of Thrones Tours

Outlander currently filming in South Africa

The next season of Outlander is currently being filmed in South Africa and if the recent leaked pictures are anything to go by, it looks like we are in for a real treat.

The cast started filming in the third series in Scotland last August 2016. The crew wrapped up filming in Scotland on the 7th of February and have since moved filming to South Africa.

Super fan Wanda Serrano tweeted the following recently:

 


Season two ended with Claire finding out that that Jamie survived the Battle of Culloden and wondering what to do next.

The third season will be based on Voyager, the third fantasy book by American author Diana Gabaldon. For those that have read the book know that Voyager reunites Claire and Jamie after a twenty year separation. Jamie’s life has changed beyond belief but his love for Claire is the same.

New Cast members

There are some new cast members we are excited about. Gary Young who was in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny has been cast as Mr. Willoughby, and Charlie Hiett who was in The Suspicions of Mr Whincher has been cast as Captain Thomas Leonard. Two important roles in season three are the Dunsany sisters. Hannah James has been cast to play Geneva and Tanya Rynolds will play Isobel.  Romann Berrus has been cast to play grown up Fergus. Australian actor David Berry becomes Lord John William Grey.

When’s its release date?

A date hasn’t been released yet but we are guessing it will be shown later in the summer this year or maybe early autumn.

Outlander Tours

The show has been a huge hit in America with many die hard fans wanting to see the filming locations.  We offer two Outlander tours.  Our ‘Outlander 2 day Locations Experience’ takes small groups to many locations in the series. Day one takes you to Jamie’s childhood home Lallybrock which is actually Midhope Castle,  a 16th-century tower house on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  Next you get to visit the home to Duke of Sandringham whch was filmed at Hopetoun House.   Many of the buildings were shot in the fictional town of Cranesmuir, which today is a perfectly preserved example of a seventeenth century town. On tour this is our stop for lunch.  Next we travel to Callendar House and Wentworth Prison.  Also along the way you will get to enjoy the views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

Day two starts at the 14th Century castle in Stirlingshire which was used for filming Castle Leoch. Next you visit the magnificent Gardens used to replicate The Palace of Versailles before heading on to a small medieval church.  This is the chapel where Rupert loses an eye.  After lunch you head to the 1945 Inverness location to see Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse before the final location stop used for Le harve.

Outlander 2 day Locations Experience details and booking click here..

Our second outlander tour is a one day 9 hour tour.  Highlights including seeing the church which stood in for Dalneigh Parish Church, taking in the magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle used as Castle Leoch. You will also learn about 18th century Scottish history and like all our tours get inside gossip on the cast and crew.  For more info this day Outlander tour click here.

Some of the sites you will see on our Outlander Tours:

 

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Is Fantastic Beasts just as Magical as Harry Potter?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review – Spoiler Free

Diehard fans of Harry Potter have probably already seen the new film by JK Rowling.  For those that haven’t seen it, we recommend it.  Whether you are a potterhead or not, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is original and enchanting and you will leave wanting more. We think it is every bit as magical as Harry Potter even if it is a bit more of a grown up movie.

One of the great things about the new film is that you don’t need to be well-versed in the world of Harry Potter to enjoy the film. You don’t need to have read any of the Potter books, but for fans there are enough hints of this world.  It may not be a real Harry Potter film but it is certainly just as entertaining and magical.

The film is the first of 5 films written by Rowling which prequels the Harry Potter film series. This is Rowling’s screenwriting debut and in our minds a complete success. Is there no end to the talents of this lady..  The first film is set in New York in 1926 and the main characters are all adults. The film is based on a schoolbook that Harry Potter and friends studied during their time at Hogwarts.

The Cast

The casting is brilliant. Eddie Redmayne plays eccentric Englishman Newt Scamander, who is the main character and is a magizoologist who is travelling the world to investigate its magical creatures.  He really encompasses the role and you can see what he was cast.

Katherine Waterston plays Tina Goldstein who works for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic. Tina is Newt’s eventual love interest and future wife according to rumours. She is a strong and ambitious character who likes to stand up for what’s right.

Alison Sudol plays Tina’s younger sister Queenie Goldstein who is a great fun loving, free spirited character who has the ability to ready minds.  Her character really stands out and shines and with this actress being relative new to the big screen, we look forward to seeing her career moving forward.

Dan Fogler plays Jacob, the only ‘no maj’ character.  A ‘no maj’ is the Americans word for ‘muggles’, a non wizard human.  He gets to go on magical adventures with the others and falls for Queenie.  There are some great scenes with them both in which I won’t spoil for you. But he is a great character which teases in the last scene that he will be back in the next film along with Queenie.

Colin Farrell plays Percival Graves who is the Director of Magical Security at MACUSA. I won’t go into too much of his character as there is a twist, but the importance of this character shouldn’t be underestimated.

The Story

The main character Newt Scamander arrives in New York with a suitcase of magical beasts.  Being a magizoologist we assume he takes his work with him wherever he goes. Why he is in New York is less clear but very quickly he unwittingly unleashes a number of magical beasts into the city and the rest of the film is based around trying to catch them.  He becomes friends with the other characters who help him try to re capture the beasts who are causing mayhem in the city. This film has a surprise ending which I won’t go into but again we assume it will lead onto the next film.

Rowling is already working on the next film screenplay and the filming looks set to start in the summer of 2017 with the film being released in November 2018.

Immersing yourself in JK Rowling’s magical universe is always entertaining and we think its every bit as magical as the Harry Potter films.  Everyone here at BMT loved the film and we can’t wait for the next installment which if rumors’ are true will be set in London.  This we can’t wait for as we will ensure our tours take you to all of these new locations.  If you would like to visit some of the movie locations from all the original Harry potter tours then take a look at all the Harry Potter Tours we have here.

New Star Wars Film – Rogue One

One of the biggest anticipated films of the year is nearing its release date.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in cinemas on 15th December in the UK and is tipped to be the biggest movie of the year.

The Star Wars franchise shows no signs of slowing down as this is the first in the Star Wars Anthology Series; a new series of stand-alone spin-off films.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place just before the events of 1977’s Star Wars in a period of civil war.  The Galactic Empire rules the galaxy and is putting the finishing touches to their ultimate super-weapon, the Death Star.  The Rebellion plan to steal its plans in order to destroy it. The team of Rebel Alliance features Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelshon, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen.

Gareth Edwards directed the film and has described is as a grounded, war-based movie, where normal people have to come together to fight the Empire as opposed to relying on the Jedi or the Force.

Here at BMT we can’t wait to watch it.  If you haven’t seen any of the official trailers, take a look below:
  

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