Woodchester Park gets the royal treatment in The Crown Series 2

Parkland at Woodchester Park

The Crown took the world by storm in 2016, winning numerous awards and accolades. Now Woodchester Park gets the royal treatment in the second series as it stars as parts of Prince Charles’s school, Gordonstoun.

This December the highly acclaimed Netflix series, The Crown, returns to screens across the country. We’re excited to say that Woodchester Park features in series two as the exterior location for both the Duke of Edinburgh's and Prince Charles’s school, Gordonstoun. 

The biographical drama, which covers Queen Elizabeth II’s entire monarchy, is set to cover the late 1950s and the early 1960s in series two. During this period the young Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland. 

The film crew chose to use Woodchester Park, one of the special places we care for in Gloucestershire, as a location for filming Gordonstoun. The production made use of the boathouse as a location for the school changing rooms. The lake and the old stables area feature as the location of a PE lesson with a giant obstacle course.  

The Boathouse at Woodchester Park
The Boathouse at Woodchester Park
The Boathouse at Woodchester Park

The 120-strong crew spent four weeks setting up and about ten days filming the scenes there. Much of the set-up included crafting the obstacle course and floating platform in the lake.

Ten-year-old actor Billy Jenkins (previously in Channel 4’s Humans) plays Prince Charles, who would have been eight in 1956 where the second series picks up. Claire Foy and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will continue their roles as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. 

Not only does Woodchester Park get to feature in this Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning series, but all proceeds from filming go directly into supporting ongoing conservation work at the property. 

" The income received from filming goes straight back into our conservation and visitor improvement works. Already we have been able to improve our visitor car park, with all of our car park spaces now on hard ground. It will also help us to restore grasslands to increase feeding grounds for the Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats that roost in the valley."
- Max Dancer, Area Ranger for Woodchester Park