THE Great British Bake Off fans will be thrilled to know they too can visit Channel 4’s iconic marquee and its beautiful surroundings.
If you fancy seeing the location where past winners like Edd Kimber and Joanna Wheatley were crowned champions, then here are the details you need to visit the beauty of Welford Park, Berkshire…
Where is The Great British Bake Off filmed?
GBBO is filmed at Welford Park, a private home, meaning it is only open during specific periods of the year.
Those wanting to visit can see the beautiful grounds as it opens to the public in February.
Throughout February and March their ‘snowdrop gardens’ is available, with the park opening at 11am and admitting last entry at 4pm.
Unlike many other reality shows, Bake Off is filmed over weekends, allowing contestants to resume normality and continue with their regular jobs during the week.
According to Deborah Puxley, who lives at Welford Park, it takes just three days to erect the marquee, lay the flooring and install multiple mini kitchens.
Not only does the estate play host to the huge Bake Off production team, the cafeteria caters for the large crew, and former judge Mary Berry is said to have thoroughly enjoyed Welford Park’s grounds.
The park was originally home to the monastery and then became King Henry VIII’s personal deer hunting lodge.
Since then, the manor has changed hands a number of times, but now belongs to John and Deborah Puxley, who live there with their two children.
The Bake Off tent has not always been based at Welford Park, and actually ended up there after the park’s agent “got talking to someone at a party” – the crew moved in three weeks later.
The first series of The Great British Bake Off was a completely different format to the one we know and love now.
There were six episodes and each was filmed in a different location relevant to that week’s challenge, for example Bread Week was filmed in Sandwich.
Series two was held in Valentines Mansion, Redbridge and series three and four were filmed in Harptree Court, Somerset.
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Can the public visit where The Great British Bake Off is filmed?
The Welford Estate in Newbury, Berkshire is a private home, so you can’t stay over. However, it is open to the public on certain dates throughout the year.
This includes a five-week stint to display the stunning Snowdrop Garden, which attract lots of visitors from the end of January to Early March.
Newbury is a great place for a trip away.
Alongside hotels, there is lots of classic British countryside to see and plenty of pubs and restaurants.
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When is The Great British Bake Off on?
Channel 4 bosses announced that the 2019 series would premiere on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, with them sharing the news via social media.
The new series kicked off on Channel 4 at 8pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28.
Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks, with the final likely to be in November 2019.
Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood return as judges, while Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig reprise their role as presenters of the programme.