Great British Bake Off is still attracting millions of viewers each week following its move to Channel 4, and despite having new judges, presenters and a new TV channel, there is one thing about the show that hasn't changed – where it's filmed.
The much-loved baking competition takes place in the famous Bake Off tent, which is erected in the grounds of the Welford Park Estate in Berkshire each year. And the estate provides the perfect backdrop for filming, with pristine gardens, an apple orchard with wild flower meadow and extensive woodland and farmland.
Great British Bake Off is filmed in the grounds of Welford Park
The team at the estate offer everything the contestants and crew could possibly need while filming the show; including a production office, green room and catering – although we imagine they usually enjoy the leftover cakes!
While the Welford Estate is a private home, it is open to the public on certain dates throughout the year, including a five-week stint to showcase the beautiful Snowdrop Gardens, which attract crowds of visitors from the end of January to early March. Welford Park has confirmed the attraction will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 31 January to 4 March 2018, with tickets available for £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for children, with under fours offered free entry. The park is also home to a gift shop and tearooms, which are only open during February.
The estate opens its Snowdrop Gardens in February
The new series of Bake Off is well underway, and HELLO! recently sat down with the 2016 winner Candice Brown to see what she makes of it following Mary Berry's departure. "It's just Bake Off," Candice told HELLO! Online. "I think people did have their reservations and I kept saying to them, 'It'll just be Bake Off', and it is, and I love the fact that people are eating a little bit of humble pie going, 'Oh it is just Bake Off.' It's amazing and the contestants are incredible. I met Prue a couple of weeks ago, who was just amazing. I think it's brilliant and the standard's insanely high."
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