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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films – just in case they were ever needed later on in the

The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.

Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.

Mercure London Watford Hotel is just a ten minute drive away from the attraction. 

Watford Colosseum

Watford Colosseum is a 1,309 seat venue in the heart of Watford and is home to the best live music and entertainment outside London.

Watford Colosseum was built in 1938 as the Watford Town Hall Assembly Rooms to the design of architect Charles Cowles-Voysey and acoustician Hope Bagenal. Bagenal’s other acoustic projects include the refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall and the construction of the Royal Festival Hall.

Watford’s premier concert venue is world renowned for its acoustic qualities. Julian Lloyd Webberdescribed Watford Colosseum as “the finest recording venue in the world” and it has been used to record the soundtracks of Lord of the RingsThe Sound of Music and Star Wars. In 1995, Pavarotti came to Watford Colosseum to record Verdi’s Inno delle Nazioni with the Philharmonia Chorus. 

The stage at Watford Colosseum has seen performances from Elton JohnThe Faces (including Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart), Genesis (with drummer Phil Collins), Marc BolanJeff Lynne’s Electric Light OrchestraOne DirectionRobbie WilliamsJools HollandMelanie COasis and many, many more.

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, Bicester Village is located in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, only 20 mins away from Oxford.

Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60%* all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more.

The Village offers a wide range of services to enhance your visit, including Hands-free Shopping, VIP Lounge, Valet Parking, the award-winning Bicester Visitor Centre, an onsite Tax Refund, currency exchange service, personal shopper, luggage drop and home delivery. The Village has a comprehensive multilingual concierge service and you can also earn miles and rewards with 14 airlines via Frequent Flyer programmes when you shop at Bicester Village.

Spacious boulevards, attentive service and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere combine to offer a truly unique retail experience. So much to enjoy, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants.

Big Screen on the Beach, Watford, 6 July – 22 July 2018

Big Screen on the Beach, Watford, 6 July – 22 July 2018

Get ready for a summer of fun on the beach. Enjoy sunny days while the kids build sandcastles, or leisurely evenings with a cocktail at the outdoor cinema and real beach on the Parade by the pond.

Big Screen on the Beach promises blockbuster movies, fun activities throughout the day, great food, drinks for all ages, and lots to do – fairground rides, table tennis and much more. The screen will also be showing live coverage of this years Wimbledon semi-finals and final,

The screen is not just about sitting down and watching films, at weekends you can take part in yoga and fitness sessions between 9 and 11am.  There really is something for everyone!

The Big Screen is FREE – there is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the films!

View film schedule HERE.