Renishaw Hall, Visit Peak District, Creative England, Derbyshire County Council and QUAD toast new ‘film friendly’ partnership

Corks were popping and the estate’s own sparkling wine was flowing to herald an action-packed calendar of events to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee at Renishaw Hall & Gardens in north east Derbyshire.

Owner Alexandra Sitwell invited some special friends along to toast the forthcoming outdoor film screenings at Renishaw, the Peak District’s perennial popularity as a film and TV location and a brand new partnership aimed at attracting even more film crews into the area.

She and her guests also raised a glass to mark the 40th anniversary of the estate’s vineyard, still one of the most northerly in Britain, planted by her late father, Sir Reresby Sitwell, in 1972.

Renishaw is just one of a series of Derbyshire venues staging classic and contemporary films on a giant screen as part of the Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival 2012, co-ordinated by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, and supported by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board.

Visitors will be able to bring their families, friends, blankets and a picnic along to enjoy the King’s Speech (12A) on Friday June 1 at 7.30pm and The Queen (12A) on Saturday June 2 at 7.30pm, with stunning Renishaw Hall as a backdrop..

The Peak District’s role as a sought-after TV and film location has also been cemented with the launch of a ‘film friendly’ partnership between the tourist board, Derbyshire County Council and Creative England, a new agency charged with ensuring a dynamic and economically successful future for creative industries outside London. All have pledged to work together to proactively encourage and support filming across the area.

Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall and Gardens said; “the revenue and interest film brings to this area is crucial for visitor attractions and historic houses such as Renishaw Hall to thrive. I warmly welcome this new partnership in the run up to our important weekend of Jubilee Celebrations which includes two outdoor cinema events in conjunction with QUAD. It’s fitting that we are celebrating this partnership and toasting our Diamond Jubilee celebrations here at Renishaw Hall with a glass of our very own sparkling wine.”

“Supporting film and TV tourism and imaginative initiatives like the Summer Night Outdoor Film Festival is vitally important in the Peak District, on a number of levels,” said David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

“Not only does it bring in income while film crews are here, by supporting local accommodation providers and a range of other service-focused businesses, it also attracts further business, an extra economic boost and a higher profile for the area when a film or television series is transmitted.

“We are delighted to announce our new ‘film friendly’ partnership with Creative England, designed to maximise the economic, employment and promotional benefits that filming can bring.”

Kaye Elliot, Head of Locations & Production Services at Creative England, said: “Creative England is delighted to be working with Renishaw Hall, the Peak District, Derbyshire Tourism and the County Council to promote the wonderful and diverse locations available in the area, of which Renishaw Hall is an outstanding example.

“We’re really excited to announce that this year we will be launching a new national locations database which will include a fantastic selection of locations from across Derbyshire. We look forward to cementing our relationship with our partners in the county going forward.”

Other Diamond Jubilee events at Renishaw Hall between June 1st and 5th include outdoor music, the Big Jubilee Lunch Party, lighting a Jubilee Beacon on the roof of the Hall and a historic horse and carriage pageant.


Photo caption: Alexandra Sitwell and husband Rick Hayward (Renishaw Hall), David James (VPD), Chris Hordley (Creative England) and Adam Buss (QUAD) gather and raise a toast to filming in Derbyshire.

Contact Jane Travis on media@renishaw-hall.co.uk or 07779 596312 for more information

Note to News Editors


  • For more information about the Summer Nights Film Festival 2012, and to book online, visitwww.derbyquad.co.uk/summernights, or call the box office on 01332 290606.
  • For further details about Renishaw Hall’s extended weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and to find out more about its vineyard, visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk.
  • Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.
  • Creative England supports the sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London. Launched in October 2011, our mission is to develop the film, television, games, digital and creative sectors in the English regions.  Our work includes investing in talent, growing businesses, boosting audience access, improving market intelligence and encouraging innovation.

Creative England receives Grant-in-Aid funds from the BFI, and is a BFI delegated body for the distribution of Lottery funds for film in the English regions outside London. It has also secured investment from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for Digital Champions, a new scheme to support digital and creative companies, expected to launch in Spring 2012.



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