THE Great British Bake Off tent has been a staple of our TV screens since 2010, but where exactly is it erected for each series?
Thankfully the beloved Bake Off tent has followed the show from the BBC to Channel 4 and is based in Welford Park, Berkshire, for the third year running. Here’s exactly where it is…
Where is The Great British Bake Off filmed?
GBBO is filmed at Welford Park, a private home, meaning it is only open during specific periods in the year – the beautiful grounds open to the public on February 1 2017.
You can visit Welford Park in February and March to see their ‘snowdrop gardens’, with the park opening at 11am and admitting last entry at 4pm.
Unlike many other reality shows, Bake Off is filmed over weekends, allowing contestants to resume normality and continue with their regular jobs during the week.
According to Deborah Puxley, who lives at Welford Park, it takes just three days to erect the marquee, lay the flooring and install multiple mini kitchens.
Not only does the estate play host to the huge Bake Off production team, the cafeteria catered for the large crew, and former judge Mary Berry is said to have thoroughly enjoyed Welford Park’s grounds.
The park was originally home to the monastery, and then became King Henry VIII’s personal deer hunting lodge.
Since then, the manor has changed hands a number of times, but now belongs to John and Deborah Puxley who live there with their two children.
The Bake Off tent has not always been based at Welford Park, and actually ended up there after the park’s agent “got talking to someone at a party” – the crew moved in three weeks later.
The first series of The Great British Bake Off was a completely different format to the one we know and love now.
There were six episodes and each was filmed in a different location relevant to that week’s challenge, for example Bread Week was filmed in Sandwich.
Series two was held in Valentines Mansion, Redbridge and series three and four were filmed in Harptree Court, Somerset.
When is Great British Bake Off on Channel Four?
The new series of The Great British Bake Off started on August 29 at 8pm and continues to air every week on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.
Bake Off was bought by Channel 4 last year amid much controversy, meaning the popular cooking contest moved from the BBC.
Paul Hollywood will now be joined on the judging panel by Great British Menu judge Prue Leith.
While the show will now be presented by Sandi Toksvig and funny man Noel Fielding.