Filming in the Vale

TV and Movie filming in the Vale of Glamorgan

We are a county of contrasts. Miles of dramatic coastline backed by rolling countryside. Small quaint Welsh villages, bustling market towns and large civic centres brimming with character and personality. We have Cardiff on our doorstep, and excellent transport links (road, rail and air) which makes for a great destination to use as a base for filming.  In recent years the Vale has regularly been used for the filming of several top TV shows and films. If you're looking for a location for your production, we're sure you will find what you are looking for in the Vale.

Barry, Barry Island, Penarth, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast have all featured in the making of popular programmes and feature films. Our varied landscape and buildings offer a great variety of set needs. Take a look below and let us know how we can help you.

You wont be the first to conside the Vale as the perfect destination for your film/tv are just a few others;


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How can we help you?

If you already know what you want for your production, that's great. Simply complete the enquiry form below  and we'll respond asap. If you'd like a little more inspiration, take a look through the information below and hopefully you will find what you are looking for. If not, get in touch and we'll help you find that perfect location. 

All enquirers will be asked to submit their request online by completing the form below. By providing as much detail as you can in the first instance, we will be able to respond sooner with details as to the approval, costs, etc. Not sure and would like to chat your filming requirements through? No problem, either email us using the 'Can we help?' button below, or call us using the details further below.



Parks and Gardens

There are so many beautiful parks and gardens in the Vale you really are spoilt for choice. From local parks and playing fields to fantastic local nature reserves and country parks. Here are few just to inspire you, but for a full list of all 19 parks follow the link below.

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Parks in the Vale of Glamorgan

Beaches In the Vale of Glamorgan 

Our Southern border is a glorious sweeping coastline, 14 miles of which makes up the stunning Glamorgan Heritage Coast. So we do beaches very well in the Vale. We have Blue Flag beaches, Seaside award winning beaches, family friendly sandy beaches, pebble beaches backing on to Country Parks, and a landscapes rich in geology making for a perfect natural backdrop against the cliff faces. Our Vale of Glamorgan Beach Guide will help you understand the facilities on offer at each location. Much of the coastline is managed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, but where permissions lie with independent landowners or agents we are happy to make contact on your behalf. 

Here are just a few to give you a flavour of what we have to offer..

Barry IslandBarry Island Beach View

Dunraven Bay, SoutherndownDunraven Bay - Southerndown

Cwm Nash , Llantwit MajorLlantwit Major Beach

Monknash BeachMonknash

Your guide to our beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan


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Inspiring Locations

Let us inspire you. Those that are already familiar with the Vale will know that there are many inspiring locations you can use for filming. We have a Lighthouse, a Victorian Pier, endless beaches, historic buildings, picture perfect rivers and streams, castles (intact and in ruins!), enticing high streets, an Airport, railway lines and secluded cliffs and coves.

Take a look at  Visit the Vale to see the huge variety on offer to you. Prefer a snapshot of some of our iconic features? Great, follow the link below and discover some of the great locations you can choose from:

Let us Inspire you 




Highways and Carparks

Our landscape is varied and diverse. We have rural winding lanes, urban highways, built up residential streets and coastal roads with views over the Bristol Channel. Our Highways department will work with you to find a suitable location with a backdrop to suit your needs. -   Map of the Vale of Glamorgan.

If your filming request includes filming on the highway and either temporary traffic control or a road closure is required please complete and submit either a Temporary Signal Application form or Temporary road closure application form for consideration before your filming request is approved.

If your production requires car parking facilities either for filming or for your crew, see our car parks guide below.   

Car parks in the Vale

Council owned buildings

 We have a number of Vale of Glamorgan owned/managed buildings that may be perfect for your filming requirements. Take a look and see what we have to offer in the way of Civic Buildings, Historical buildings, Sport Stadiums and more.

Council owned buildings


Barry Town Hall


Civic Offices, Barry


Docks Offices, Barry


Jenner Park Stadium


Filming Licence and Location Fees

Fees vary according to the Council property used as a location and any extra facilities required. There is also a fee for the preparation of a filming licence.

Fees  are charged at a daily, half daily or hourly rate on a case by case basis. Please contact us to discuss the fees relevant to your enquiry. Full details of the Vale of Glamorgan Filming Licence can be found below. 

Filming Licence and Location Fees

Drone Footage

Please follow the links below for information regarding drone flying in the UK.

All requests that include the use of a drone for commercial purposes require permission by the Civil Aviaition Authority, and will need to supply evidence of their licence before permission will be granted.

Please note that as of 13th March 2019, the drone flight restriction zone around airports and airfields has changed. This is particularly relevant to the Vale of Glamorgan due to both the Airport and St.Athan airfield. A very useful tool to identify restricted flying areas can be found here.

A very useful website detailing for all information relating to the flying of drones is Drone Safe Uk. The Drone Code is a useful document to keep you within operating guidelines - Drone Code

Drone operators (both commercial and non-commercial) require the permission of the landowner in advance of operating their drone. 

Next Steps?

Now you have an idea of what the Vale can offer you, get in touch and we can help.


Filming Request Form

We work closely with the team at Wales Screen who are the professionals when it comes to filming in Wales. Take a look at their website to see the support they can offer. 

Wales Screen

Please see the Vale of Glamorgan Council's website for more information on the area.