This page lists any public events or conventions at which we know Merlin cast or crew will appear, along with any theatrical appearances.
We’ll keep this information as up-to-date and correct as we can, but of course it’s always worth checking the official sites before making any firm plans. Also, when cast or crew plan to attend events, this is always subject to their work commitments which of course must take priority.
Thanks are forever due to our Research Geek gealach_ros and various Locations Friends for the heads-up.
Over at our main website, Julie has started a re-watch of Merlin to begin systematically recording locations. Below, she explains why:
This website, and indeed the whole Merlin Locations thing, grew quite randomly. For me it all started with a visit to Puzzlewood and Speech House Lake on 25 April 2009; I fell in love with both in different ways. I thought that only a few people might share my interest in these places – not only for their own sake, I mean, but as filming locations for our beloved Merlin. I was astonished and happy to be wrong about that!
From there I investigated the obvious locations such as the Chateau de Pierrefonds, and also other more obscure locations when prompted by clues in DVD extras such as the video diaries or by information provided by fellow Locations Geeks. It was all pretty random. But I always thought we should at some stage start at the beginning, and go through the episodes in a more systematic way. Also, it seemed that people enjoyed my weekly updates on each episode’s locations during the third and fourth seasons. Hence the first of these ‘rewatch’ posts.
I’ve seen a few people asking about this on various other Merlin Fan Tumblrs, so I thought I’d help try to clear matters up a little!
Filming for each series usually starts around March and ends sometime in October. The cast and crew are generally in Pierrefonds three times during this eight month period: April, June, and September.
The studio sets are all closed to the public. We never know ahead of time when and where any filming will occur in Wales or England. We only hear about filming locations after the event. So while there’s a chance of you being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, it does indeed come down to luck. Or insider information that we’re not privy to!
The one real opportunity to watch the magic happen is at the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France. Filming has generally taken place in Pierrefonds during April, June and September and it only takes place on weekdays. The Chateau remains open during filming, though parts of it will be unavailable. Again, much of this comes down to luck, however. If they are filming an interior scene, then you won’t have access to that room, and you won’t be able to watch. If they are filming in the courtyard, in the carpark (the tournament ground) or in front of the Chateau, then chances are you’ll be able to see what’s going on.
You will of course be asked to respect the fact that our beloved cast and crew are all working hard! Silence is requested while the cameras are rolling (someone will call out to warn you). Our cast are generally friendly and approachable, but please be respectful enough to wait until they can spare you their time and attention. Being able to see them like this is a real privilege, and we’re sure you will treat it accordingly.
In 2010, filming took place at the Chateau from 8 to 21 April, from 3 to 17 June, and from 7 to 17 September. Both the June and September blocks were shortened compared to previous years because less footage on location was needed, due to the nature of the blocks’ storylines.
Please keep in mind that we only ever receive secondhand information, without any official confirmation. Thanks are due to various friends for the info and heads-up. It used to be worthwhile keeping an eye on the official website of the Chateau de Pierrefonds for more information, but they don’t seem to post the dates any more.
If official dates are posted, then keep in mind that the first and last days involve only the crew setting things up or packing them away. The cast are not there at all. And, in April 2010 at least, the crew started work a whole week earlier than the cast – presumably for the sake of fixing and redressing the town set, and so on.
Wow! What an episode! And that’s the series done for another year, can you believe it? We hope you’ve found these little posts interesting, and thank you very much for following ♥
I hope you have a brilliant 25th December whatever it is you celebrate. Have lots of fun and take care of yourselves!
I can’t believe we’re on the finale already! Tempus fugit.
Just to keep you on your toes, here are the locations used last week ;)
Jeremy Webb has directed thirteen episodes of Merlin so far, including some of my absolute favourites: 109 Excalibur, 207 The Witchfinder, 213 The Last Dragonlord, and the opening and closing double episodes of the third season. He has also directed episodes 10 and 11 of the fourth season, to be screened on 3 and 10 December.
Read Julie’s interview with him over at our main website by clicking the link or the picture!
If anyone wants me, I’ll be sobbing in a corner. And apologies for the lateness of this entry ♥
Poor Merlin really had his patience tested this week didn’t he!