The Beatles in Kent (1967)

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever - the band standing in front of a tree

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever

Kent Location Used: Knole Park, Sevenoaks, West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill.

Legendary English band The Beatles who were formed in 1960, became world favourites with their huge catalogue of catchy rock and pop songs. The band,  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr filmed several music videos in Kent in 1967 including Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane and I Am The Walrus.

In 1967, The Beatles visited Knole Park in Kent to film the music video for their double-A side single of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

The Strawberry Fields Forever video features Knole Park where the band members walk across the park and climb on and off a tree which is attached to their piano.

The video for Penny Lane includes the band riding their horses through the Knole Park archway, down towards the ponds. The group then dismount and sit at a table where they are served with their instruments by liveried footmen.

I Am The Walrus was entirely filmed at West Malling Airfield now Kings Hill, where the band perform the song on the airfield.

Historic house Knole is set in a medieval deer-park in Sevenoaks. The National Trust location is over 500 years old and was once the palace of archbishops and royal property of the Tudor dynasty. Knole has previously featured in productions such as Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Kings Hill is a housing and business development built on an airfield site which was has been featured as a film location on Couples Come Dine With Me (2014), In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry (2012) and Channel 4’s Cape Wrath (2008).

The Strawberry Fields Forever music video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE

The Penny Lane music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU .

The I Am The Walrus music video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKIs1J_nB4A

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For more information about filming in Kent please email: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane: http://www.thebeatles.com/photo-album/shooting-penny-lane-and-strawberry-fields-forever-promo-films

For more information about Knole: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/

For more information about Kings Hill: http://www.kings-hill.com/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/