05th Feb 2015

Film sets on farms in Kent and Sussex

Farm Locations has been set up to make it much easier for photographers, film-makers, production houses and location finders, to source their shoot location from one single point of contact.

With many farming connections to hand, we have  been able to pool together some wonderful farms, farm yards, farm land, woodland, lakes, and wildernesses, all within a few miles of each other, all of which we know personally. They straddle the Romney Marsh and neighbouring landscapes of Kent and then across the border into 1066 country and the High Weald of East Sussex.

One such example of a film set for those seeking a rustic, beautiful farmyard and farm shoot location, is Great Knights Farm, near Rye in East Sussex.

Film set location at Great Knights Farm, East Susssex

Great Knights Farm, near Rye, East Sussex


Historically a thriving farmstead, complete with cottage, granary and livestock barns, the farmyard is now left with a sense of desertion, be it we do use it for sheep husbandry tasks at different times of the year.  Only recently did the ewes come into the yard overnight to be pregnancy scanned. The grass is good at Great Knights Farm – they are expecting at least 2 lambs each, on average!

Film set on farms in Sussex

Pregnant ladies waiting to be scanned in the farmyard


Great Knights Farm is completely tucked away from the world, only accessible across a field and into the dip where the farmstead is nestled, with tremendous views out across the Brede Valley. Way back when, sheep used to be driven to the farmyard up from the marshes along a pretty drove road, lined with hedging.

Film set farm location near Rye East Sussex

Old drove road

There’s no electricity, just water and an endless supply of fresh air, nature’s activities and lots of lovely, crumbling traditional farm buildings.

Wood store for a film set, East Sussex

The wood store

Up close and personal, the old buildings burst with ideas for fabulous backdrops for film or photography.

A granary for a film set on a farm location

The granary is built on brick posts


Film set at farm location near Rye, East Sussex

Rustic simplicity


Surrounding the farmyard are a patchwork of fields heading up and down one side of the Brede Valley. Pretty small hedged pastures as well as a huge 50 acre field with awe-inspiring views, provide many choices for film set locations or for a photo shoot.

There’s even a large hole in one field. Organise a film or photoshoot here at lambing time and capture on camera the lambs’ very own version of Formula 1. The lambs have brilliant fun whilst their mums are distracted at feed time.

Lambs on film set on farm location in Sussex

The lambs’ grand prix. Round and round they go.

And if you do need additional “props” such as sheep, lambs, tractors, collies, quad bikes, straw, landrovers, hay, etc etc, just ask…

Why not give Jo a call to arrange a visit to Great Knights Farm? 07802 979348 or email [email protected]


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