Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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A stunning location for film, tv, video and photo shoots.

A moated 15th century castle within 300 acres of woodland, fields and themed gardens.

Privately owned we offer on-site security, accommodation, catering, extensive parking and electric points around the site. We are able to cater for shoots of all sizes with advance notice.

We have experience working with a wide range of production companies and organisations, from small independents to large companies including the BBC, Sky and Amazon.

For an initial discussion please call Julie or Barry on +44 (0)1323 834444.

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Here are some productions that the Herstmonceux Castle Estate has featured in.

Good Knight

The Black Arts hired Herstmonceux Castle for the location of their latest film production for Cignpost and their Agency, Bridge 61.

Filmed within just a day, the film illustrates the involvement of Cignpost in the continued success of the UK Film Industry during the continuing Covid crisis.

Celebrity Hunted

Celebrity Hunted (Series 4) used the Herstmonceux Castle estate to film the gripping finale of the series.

Contestants aim to stay on the run without being found by the Hunted team. The grounds of Herstmonceux Castle were used as the getaway point and celebrities needed to find the helicopter somewhere within the estate and evade capture.

Due to our private estate, Shine TV (the producer of Hunted), felt we offered the right amount of security and privacy. The Castle and Observatory made a great visual destination and perfect extraction point.


The production team behind feature film Summerland, starring Gemma Arterton, required a Sussex location to film moments that show a characters past.

The Herstmonceux Castle estate made an ideal choice due to the expanse of woodland, gardens and features such as the ponds and folly structure. All of which contain very little around them that date the landscape to the modern time.

The castle interior was used to film scenes within an Oxford University college.

Sky Arts - Landscape Artist of the Year

For season five of this popular series, the Castle was the majestic subject for the competing artists.

The main contestants were positioned at the front of the castle and the ‘Wild Card’ entrants (talented local artists) were positioned upon higher ground at the rear of the castle, overlooking the gardens and trees.

Despite adverse weather, our staff provided all the support required to Storyvault Films and went above and beyond to ensure as stress free experience as possible.

Adventure Boyz

This feel-good, family movie was shot in and around Eastbourne including the Castle interior and some of the woodland on the estate. Latitude Films were really pleased with the end result and thought the Castle looked stunning on screen.

BBC Flog It

Season 15 of this perennial favourite included a visit to Herstmonceux Castle which drew a large crowd of visitors, many hoping that the treasured items they had brought with them might be of value when examined by the programme’s resident experts.

13 Graves

Local director John Langridge used the estate’s woodland to great effect for this dark slice of supernatural horror. Many of the cast and crew were from nearby Eastbourne.

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