Our Favourite Locations – The Top 5

From an urban town in Greater London to the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the following is a list of our favourite five filming locations…

5. Cardiff Arms Park

Cardiff Arms Park has hosted international rugby matches for well over 100 years and is perhaps the most hallowed turf in the game.  Steeped in history, the stands of this great stadium build an unparalleled big match atmosphere, inspiring the players and making for a memorable occasion.

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IWRTV’s fourth show was filmed at this great stadium, and we were very privileged to film some of the Welsh and French greats here.

4. The Hayes, Cardiff

Possibly the most unexpected appearance in our top five, this commercial area in the Welsh capital certainly offers more than at first meets the eye.

The largely pedestrianised area boasts beautiful modern architecture such as the Central Library and St. David’s 2, but these mammoth buildings pay a deserved homage to the celebrated makeup of the capital’s Victorian arcades.

Watch our Flash Mob video here.

This busy area of the city was the scene of Cardiff Blue’s European shirt launch flash mob.

3. Maes yr Onn, Manmoel

Set high above the Gwent valleys, you may not have heard of Manmoel.  If not, you’re missing a wonderfully endearing setting.

Looking north at the surrounding hill farm and abandoned quarries, this could be any other district of the Welsh countryside, but turn to the south-west and you are treated to a stunning panorama overlooking Gwent and Islwyn.

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This view contends with even the most picturesque locations in Wales and is worthy of a place in our top three.

2. PHS Greenleaf, Staines

Drive through the suburbs of Staines in Middlesex and experience the heart of England’s green belt.  Tumbling into the river Thames, this town is the home of PHS’ wholesale nursery.

On entering the facility, your senses are overwhelmed with colours and aromas you just don’t expect in what is virtually Greater London.

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If you pick the right day, you may even be fortunate enough to encounter the resident fox or one of the other many urban inhabitants of this quaint little community.

1. Brecon Beacons

There’s something incredibly enchanting about the rugged beauty of the Brecon Beacons.

As you look through your view finder at the rough, beautiful terrain, you see a place of virtually unrivalled beauty – boasting both character and reams of history.  It can be felt in every lake and waterfall and absorbed while walking though every mountain and valley.

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The setting for our Brecon Carreg video in the Beacons is a worthy winner of our “Top 5 Favourite Filming Locations” blog.


Our Favourite Locations – The Top 5

Considering a career with a film crew? Troubles like these may make you reconsider!


Filming out and about on location poses even the most experienced crew certain issues.  In fact, it is impossible to ever rely on the working environment being just the way you want it to be….  Here’s our top five camera crew problems from our trips out and around Wales!

  • Live broadcasts are always stressful. All news crews know how tough vox pops can be to organise and film.  Everyone, it seems, has a very forthright opinion until the camera light comes on.  Some people just don’t get what you are doing however, no matter how many times you explain it to them in simple terms.  One lady reluctantly agreed to a live soundbite on a prime-time news programme managed to compose herself and give a great performance only to finish the interview by asking when she would be on TV….in front of an audience of millions.
  • All of nature is against you, not just the animal kingdom. When setting up a night-time time-lapse camera, you can expect the bad weather but even on a perfectly clear night, lit by a majestic moonlight, a mischievous leaf from a nearby tree will still manage to find a way to lodge itself over the camera lens and ruin a whole evening’s work.
  • At least calmness transcends the medical profession. The BBC drama Casualty shows the emotions of personnel in A&E but in real life the doctors are nurses we encounter are always serene and efficient……unless you walk in through the door covered in the realistic fake blood from the packs you have been using in a scene when even the calmest member of staff might drop her guard and scream, at the top of her voice, “OH MY GOD”!
  • Trust no-one. The incompetence of the public and their inability to comprehend the filming process is, whilst sometimes frustrating, entirely understandable.  However when you ask your own experienced crew member to accomplish a simple task such as asking delegates to be interviewed in front of a green screen, the last thing you would expect is for the first subject to be wearing a green dress so they can be made to simply appear on screen as a bizarre floating head.
  • I repeat, trust no-one. When taking a break from filming, it is important to remain vigilant….otherwise you may well find yourself questioning your sanity in the editing suite when unrecognisable scenes appear on screen as a result of colleagues “fun”.

Be warned!


Considering a career with a film crew? Troubles like these may make you reconsider!