We put our feet up every weeknight at 7pm and watch drama unfold before our eyes in the Yorkshire Dales . Little do we know it takes 6 weeks to write one single episode and an hour and half to perfect make up for approximately 2 minutes worth of screen time.
Being the media enthusiast I am, I love visiting studios and learning about behind the scenes processes involved in creating the soaps we’re addicted to.
This tour takes you on a journey through the history of Emmerdale from the Beckindale days in 1972 right up until the present episodes with reconstructed sets of the Village Hall helicopter crash in 2015.
Tours themselves are entertaining and interactive allowing visitors to have a go themselves at being a lighting technician, editor or even an actor. Perfectly matched with a bunch of friendly and entertaining tour guides who were all quizzed up on their Emmerdale knowledge (creds to Ian). This makes a great day of fun and laughter while learning about all the hard work the team of talented professional put into the show every day, in order to provide us with our evening entertainment.
It’s a great day out for all ages, at the end of the day… a dedicated fan, is a dedicated fan!
Unlike most places, you’re allowed to take photos and videos in all areas of the studio tour which makes it even better. Snapping away some selfies in the Woolpack to share on Facebook as though you casually nipped onto set for a cheeky few bevvys.
You learn some incredible facts and crazy tricks of the trade that all come together to make the show as realistic as possible. You may argue that you won’t be able to watch it and see it as realistic as you did before, but believe me we’re too indulged into our escapist minds that you’ll forget everything about the artificial light coming through the windows. Escapism itself is a whole crazy concept that amazes me, but i’ll save that for another day!
In a practical sense, the studio is easy to find. Located just out of Leeds city centre with a reasonably priced pay and display carpark placed perfectly opposite. Tickets are reasonably priced at £22 for an adult and £13 for a child (5-15 years), with group tickets, students and concessions also available.
To end the tour there’s plenty of souvenirs to take away with you to remember this day including notebooks, beer glasses, colloquial Yorkshire slang products and even some of David’s shopping bags and goodies. Followed by a cute little café to have a cuppa in before heading back home.
Overall, it’s a great experience that is enjoyable for all ages and all levels of Emmerdale interest. (5*)