Culture and leisure


Yorkshire’s stunning and varied landscape has made it one of the UK’s most popular locations for film and television production.

It's all about film

Yorkshire has a rich film heritage, the UK’s only national museum of film and many internationally renowned film festivals held each year across the region.

Bradford was designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Film in 2009 because of the city’s rich film heritage, its inspirational movie locations and its many celebrations of the moving image through the National Media Museum and the city’s annual film festival.

Britain’s national museum of film – the National Media Museum – is based in Bradford and attracts over 750,000 visitors each year. It’s a venue for galleries, exhibitions, events, screenings and festivals and includes Europe’s first permanent IMAX cinema and Pictureville, the only cinema in the world that regularly screens Cinerama, using the original three projector system.

Yorkshire also hosts a number of very successful film and documentary festivals.

International Film Festival

The Leeds International Film Festival is the UK’s largest film festival outside London, showcasing the best new cinema from around the world to an audience of 40,000. Bradford’s International Film Festival is an annual festival of new and classic film hosted by its National Media Museum. The Documentary Festival in Sheffield is a five day celebration of the art and business of documentary making attracting a worldwide audience of professionals in the documentary and digital industries. There are also two international short film festivals hosted each year in Hull and York.

Some examples of films which have been filmed in Yorkshire include:

  • ‘Red Riding’ shot at various locations around West Yorkshire in 2008
  • ‘Brideshead Revisited’ filmed at Castle Howard, York, June to July 2007
  • ‘The Full Monty’ shot at various locations in and around Sheffield in 1997
  • ‘The Railway Children’ filmed at Oakworth Station, Keighley Station, Oxenhope and Haworth in 1970