Sanditon Season 2 Filming Locations: Where Was The Jane Austen Adaptation Filmed – And Is The City A Real Location?
Sanditon is based on Jane Austen’s unfinished last work, written in the months leading up to her death.
Austen completed 12 chapters of the novel, which Andrew Davies adapted into the screenplay for the first episode of the first season.
The series follows Charlotte Heywood, who relocated to Sanditon at a time of great change for the town as it reinvents itself as a popular seaside resort.
The second season takes place nine months after the end of the novel and sees Charlotte meet two new bachelors.
The series is filmed in several historic mansions around the UK, with most of the filming taking place in Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Is Sanditon a real place?
In the series, Sanditon is a seaside town on the south coast of England in the throes of rapid development – the setting is so present in the show that it’s almost a character in itself.
However, Sanditon is not a real place, although it is inspired by Austen’s own experience of life on the coast.
The author lived in the seaside town of Worthing for a time in 1805 when the resort was in the early stages of development.
It is likely that Worthing provided the blueprint for Sanditon, although the towns of Eastbourne and Bognor Regis may also have been the inspiration.
Where will Sanditon season 2 be filmed?
Sanditon House is the main set of the series – it is the home of Lady Denham, a very wealthy, twice widowed woman.
Sanditon House’s exterior scenes were filmed on the 17th-century Dyrham Park estate, which is owned by the National Trust.
Interior scenes were filmed at Badminton House, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort.
The core set for the town of Sanditon itself was built in an airplane hangar containing all the trappings of a Regency seaside resort.
Colorful shops, a main thoroughfare for horse-drawn carriages, a promenade and a pavilion reminiscent of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion were all built for the show.
The interiors of Trafalgar House, Sanditon House, Denham Place and the Sanditon Assembly Rooms were also built on sets at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios.
The Ston Easton estate is a replacement for Heyrick Park, the residence of Alexander Colbourne, a new character introduced in the second season.
Colbourne is a widower living with his daughter and niece. Production designer James North said: “We tried to keep things more fashionable and brighter and the backstory is that the woman decorated the house before she died.
“He never really got to grips with it and spends most of his time in a dark and smoky office.”
Brean Beach is the main coastal location for location shots and provides the coastal backdrop for the series.
When is Sanditon on ITV?
Sanditon Season 2 originally aired on BritBox in March 2022, the day after its US release on PBS Masterpiece.
The second season airs on ITV on July 22 at 9pm. The episodes will be released weekly at the same time and will be available to watch on the ITV hub shortly after they first air.