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Retrace the footsteps of Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Judi Dench in the Peak District & Derbyshire and Lincolnshire Pride and Prejudice Country

"Shooting through the summer of 2004 was a delight. It was like being plunged into a bucolic past and reminded us all of how beautiful a country England can be. The attention to detail paid off and cast and crew felt themselves immersed in the story. Hard not to as dogs, ducks and geese wandered freely about the set both behind and in front of the camera." Paul Webster, Producer, Pride and Prejudice

The story A sumptuous new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel following the adventures of the five Bennet sisters, including the strong-willed Lizzie, the serene and beautiful Jane, and Lydia, the youngest and most impetuous, and their attempts to find husbands.

An all-star cast An all-star cast featuring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Dame Judi Dench, Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn brings this classic battle of the sexes to life.

Location filming Unusually for a movie of this size, Pride & Prejudice was shot entirely on location around England. The production secured some of England's most beautiful houses for the shoot.

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Visit Pride and Prejudice Country – Peak District & Derbyshire and Lincolnshire Chatsworth, Derbyshire, used as 'Pemberley' www.chatsworth.org One of Britain's most popular stately homes and one of the largest private houses in England, Chatsworth is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatsworth was used for the exteriors and some interiors of Pemberley, Darcy's family home. Jane Austen mentions Chatsworth in the book and many believe she was thinking of Chatsworth when describing Pemberley. Within the house, the grand staircase of the Painted Hall is where Lizzie and the Gardiners begin their tour of Pemberley and within the Sculpture Gallery, Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy, while his housekeeper describes the many good qualities of her master. The bust of Darcy specially commissioned for a scene shot in the Sculpture Gallery, and a first edition of the book from the famous library, are on show to visitors for the rest of 2005. Burghley House, Lincolnshire, used as 'Rosings' www.burghley.co.uk The largest and grandest house of the first Elizabethan age, this has been home of the Cecil family for more than 400 years. In the movie Burghley was used

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for the exterior and interior of Rosings, the imposing home of Lady Catherine de Bourg, daunting dowager aunt of Darcy, and patron of Mr Collins. Built by Sir William Cecil, Chancellor and favourite of Queen Elizabeth 1st, Burghley House is now owned by a family trust and the property is managed by Lady Victoria Leatham. Many of the Cecil descendents traveled extensively, acquiring major works of art and employing artists and craftsmen from Europe to enhance their surroundings. The magnificent Heaven Room is an example and was used in the film as Lady Catherine’s drawing room. Among extras drafted in during filming at the House was Lady Victoria’s butler Harvey (Pascoe) who appears in scenes involving Dame Judi and became an unofficial historical advisor to producers during the filming. He has continued to stay in touch with Dame Judi. Haddon Hall, Derbyshire www.haddonhall.co.uk Haddon Hall, the family home of the Manners Family for over 800 years, is a unique example of building styles from the 10th - 17th Centuries. The main Banqueting Hall, complete with minstrel’s gallery, is one of the finest examples of a medieval hall in England. It is the present-day home of Lord Edward Manners and has survived intact and unchanged since the 1500s. Its banqueting hall, with a tapestry that belonged to King Henry VIII, transforms into the inn at Lambton in the movie, while its dining hall becomes Elizabeth's bedroom.

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Stamford, Lincolnshire, as 'Meryton' www.visitlincolnshire.com One of the finest Georgian stone towns in England Stamford, Lincolnshire, was used as the village of Meryton, where the film's heroine Elizabeth Bennet lived. Sir Walter Scott described Stamford as ‘the finest scene between London and Edinburgh’ and it takes little imagination to turn back the clock to the charm and tranquility of ‘old England’. But for the movie, set builders took around a month to complete the transformation of St George’s Square and St Mary’s Street into 18th century Jane Austen country. Stamford Arts Centre, on St Mary's Street, was among buildings getting a 1790s makeover wiping away any hint of the 21st century. Over 200 local people were used as extras for the filming. The Peak District www.derbyshirethepeakdistrict.com www.visitpeakdistrict.com The picturesque and popular village of Hathersage, sitting at the eastern end of the Hope Valley, nestles beneath dramatic views of the surrounding countryside featured in the movie. The Peak District is where Keira Knightley can be seen in one of the most evocative scenes in the movie as she stands overlooking the sweeping views before her.

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North Lees Hall, Hathersage. Derbyshire www.vivat.org.uk Filming also took place at the Vivat Trust self-catering holiday property, North Lees Hall which stands on a hillside beneath Stanage Edge amidst some of the most spectacular scenery of the Peak National Park. The lonely romanticism of the hall has attracted many writers - most famously Charlotte Bronte, through whom it became immortalised as "Thornfield Hall" in Jane Eyre. Stay in the star’s beds! Stamford, Lincolnshire www.georgehotelofstamford.com During filming at Burghley House and Stamford, Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Dame Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland all stayed at The George of Stamford, one of England's greatest coaching inns. It retains the charm and atmosphere of its long history yet offers today's guests every modern comfort and boasts an award-winning bar and restaurant, informal garden lounge and beautiful surroundings. Rowsley, Derbyshire www.thepeacockatrowsley.com While filming at Chatsworth and the Peak District, Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen stayed here. The Peacock at Rowsley is a small luxury hotel located in the famous Peak District.

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Recently acquired by Lord Edward Manners, owner of nearby Haddon Hall, the hotel has been refurbished throughout and styled by award winning designer India Mahdavi. Sit in Darcy’s carriage seat www.workingcarriages.com Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum, Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire, supplied the period carriages for the movie and offers visitors the chance to sit in Darcy’s carriage seat! Dine off ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Royal Crown Derby www.royal-crown-derby.co.uk Derbyshire’s Royal Crown Derby range of figures, giftware, tableware and collectables is the culmination of 250 years of craftsmanship and traditional skills. It is now producing a special regency design to mark the new Pride & Prejudice movie. RCD has a close relationship with Chatsworth and Chief Executive Hugh Gibson is a direct descendent of Jane Austen. See the movie, now visit the set A package of breaks offers visitors the opportunity to visit Pride and Prejudice Country and retrace the footsteps of Hollywood stars. Visitors can choose from a number of themed breaks using a choice of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering. The packages offer two night breaks with accommodation, entrance to Burghley House, Chatsworth or Haddon Hall as well as a choice of complimentary attractions ranging from heritage tours to beauty treatments and tours of Royal Crown Derby. Or for the ultimate Pride and Prejudice experience, visitors can go for the

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‘Full Darcy’ - four nights accommodation (two in Peak District and Derbyshire, two in Lincolnshire) and entrance to Burghley, Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. A new website www.visitprideandprejudice.com will be launched in August with full details of the packages while a new Pride and Prejudice movie map, also detailing breaks available, will also be widely distributed. In the footsteps of Jane Austen The fact that Derbyshire was used for location filming is fitting given that Jane Austen drew on the Derbyshire landscape for some of her most descriptive passages in the novel. Austen refers to there being "no finer county in England than Derbyshire", and features "all the celebrated beauties of Matlock, Chatsworth, Dovedale and the Peak". Pride and Prejudice returns after 10 years This year also sees the 10th anniversary of the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth some of which was also filmed in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. National Trust properties Belton House in Lincolnshire was Rosings, while the Peak District’s Lyme Park and Sudbury Hall were used for Pemberley’s exterior and interior scenes. More movie magic in 2006 Big screen stardom beckons again for the region as more movies head for cinemas. Filming begins in Lincoln during summer 2005 for the big budget version of best-selling novel the Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks will be in the historic city with French actress Audrey Tautou to film at Lincoln Cathedral. See the trailer Catch the latest Pride and Prejudice trailer at www.workingtitlefilms.com 8

Visit Pride and Prejudice Country sample itinerary Media familiarisation trips covering Pride and Prejudice locations in Lincolnshire and Peak District & Derbyshire can be arranged from itineraries lasting 2, 3 or potentially 4 days. This sample itinerary is purely indicative of the type of experience on offer. Day one Midday Arrive in Derbyshire. Visit Chatsworth. The stone house and its parkland become Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy, in the new movie. See the rooms that were used by the film crew. Lunch at Chatsworth. An opportunity to also enjoy a behind-the scenes tour at Chatsworth, with views from the rooftops. www.chatsworth.org 4pm Transfer to Haddon Hall. Haddon Hall is the present-day home of Lord Edward Manners and its banqueting hall, with a tapestry that belonged to King Henry VIII, transforms into the inn at Lambton in the movie, while its dining hall becomes Elizabeth's bedroom. Possibility of a guided tour with Lord Edward Manners www.haddonhall.co.uk Evening Overnight stay at The Peacock at Rowsley, Bakewell Road, Rowsley, DE4 2EB www.thepeacockatrowsley.com The restaurant has recently won the Restaurant of the Year in the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards 2004. It was also the

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hotel used by Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadfyen, the director and the producer when filming of Pride & Prejudice took place in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Day two 9am Depart for Hathersage. Experience the Peak District. This picturesque village nestles beneath dramatic views of the peaks which feature in the movie, including the evocative shot where Keira Knightley surveys the sweeping vistas before her. Nearby is North Lees Hall, where filming also took place. www.vivat.org.uk 11.30am Transfer to Derby Lunch plus behind-the-scenes factory tour of Royal Crown Derby – now producing a special regency design to mark the new Pride & Prejudice movie. RCD has a close relationship with Chatsworth. And Chief Executive of the company, Hugh Gibson, is a direct descendent of Jane Austen. www.royal-crown-derby.co.uk pm Transfer to Stamford, Lincolnshire, one of the finest stone Georgian towns in England and the setting for Pride and Prejudice’s Meryton village. www.visitlincolnshire.com Check in to The George Hotel, Stamford, said to be one of England’s greatest coaching inns and where Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland stayed. www.georgehotelofstamford.com

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Late afternoon walking tour of Stamford locations used in the movie plus a chance to relive the BBC’s Middlemarch, also filmed in the town. Dinner at the award-winning restaurant at The George. Day Three 9.30am Visit Burghley House, one of the largest and grandest houses of the Elizabethan age and ‘Rosings’ in the new movie. Tour of the house, and rooms used in the movie, by staff involved in the filming. Get a unique view of the estate and town during a tour of the unusual rooftop of Burghley. www.burghley.co.uk Chance to chat to butler Harvey who ‘starred’ with Dame Judi Dench during the Burghley shoot. Lunch at The Orangery, Burghley House 2pm Transfer to Lincoln and a chance to explore 2,000 years of history and heritage in this contemporary cathedral city. More Hollywood connections can be found at Lincoln Cathedral. Here location filming will begin in summer 2005 of best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks. www.visitlincolnshire.com 5pm Depart Lincolnshire

Further information Lincolnshire Mark Hibbert 01522 526450 Derbyshire Ian Weightman 01782 680 963 11 East Midlands Tourism Bernadette McAndrew 0115 988 8365


				
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