With its beautiful leafy surroundings, many viewers of BBC One’s hit show The Repair Shop are curious to know where the series is filmed in the UK
The Repair Shop is one of the country’s favourite restoration programmes at the moment and it’s no surprise really, as The Repair Shop presenters consistently carry out innovative repair projects on priceless gems every time the show airs. It’s a winner among antique fans, anyone who loves a good story with a happy ending, and those who watch the sister series The Bidding Room, which follows auction experts from valuation to the sale.
So whether you want to visit The Repair Shop set yourself or are just interested to know where it’s filmed, this is what you need to know.
Where is The Repair Shop filmed?
The Repair Shop is filmed at the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton, Chichester. Situated right next to the South Downs National Park, most of the repairs take place at this location as well. While some projects are moved by cast and crew to the nearby smithery and wagon shed.
The museum describes itself as a “hidden gem in the South East, quintessentially British in a picture perfect setting.
“We are a museum for those who want to see, touch and even smell what life was really like for people living in years gone by. Whether you are 5 or 95 there is something for everyone!”
It’s truly the perfect rustic setting for the restoration show. The site boasts 40 acres of land and has 50 historic buildings going back to 950AD. It also has an array of beautiful gardens and walks that visitors can take, with farm animals and a millpond to see on the way.
Can you visit The Repair Shop?
Yes, you can visit the museum where The Repair Shop is filmed.
The Weald and Downland Living Museum is open from 10.30am to 6pm during the British Summer Time. It also opens between 10.30 and 4pm at other points in the year.
Although the site has been closed in recent years due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it’s now open again to visitors.
However, you won’t be able to visit while the show is being filmed. Unfortunately the programme closes the museum’s Court Barn for filming. And when filming is in progress, the set isn’t open for visitors to explore. This means that if you want to visit presenter Jay Blades and experts such as Suzie Fletcher at The Repair Shop for antiques restoration projects, you’ll have to apply to go on the show.
There is a cost for entrance which comes to £15.50 for adults (concessions available). Alternatively, it’s £27.50 or £42 for a family ticket, depending on how many adults are present. Children under 4 years old go free. And any child over four years old as well as students can enter the museum for £7.50.
How to appear on The Repair Shop
It’s very easy to appear on The Repair Shop, simply apply through the BBC’s Take Part website.
The only condition is that you must be 18-years old or over to enter.
The show is keen to hear from communities who have “objects of historical or social interest” they’d like help with. Along with people looking for the experts to restore their their family heirlooms and similar pieces on the show.
Hopeful viewers will be happy that if experts choose your piece, you won’t have to pay for repairs. As the head of factual entertainment at the show’s production company, Ricochet, Rob Butterfield said, “We don’t charge for repairs. If people wish to make a donation to charity, we’re very happy with that but it’s by no means necessary.”
Looking for more exciting shows with stunning filming locations on the BBC? Take a look at Vigil, filmed in Scotland, for a drama series with enough twists and turns to keep you in your seat for all six episodes.
A huge drama series in 2021, it stars Line of Duty actor Martin Compston alongside Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones.
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