Cowboy Traders (2012)

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple

Cowboy Traders presenters Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger with the happy couple © Five

Production Company: Ricochet

Kent locations used: Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle, Sevenoaks

Popular Channel 5 series Cowboy Traders returns for series 7, and comes to Kent to help people who have fallen victims at the hands of rogue traders.

In the opening episode, presenters Dominic Littlewood (Don’t Get Done, Get Dom, The One Show) and Melinda Messenger (To Buy or Not to Buy, Live From Studio 5) help two couples who were conned by a wedding company. The shop promised to give them perfect weddings, they just had to pay for the package, and the company would deliver everything from dresses and suits, to the car and cake. Sadly, this did not happen for either couple and the shop subsequently shut down. They had paid several thousand pounds for their big day and received nothing in return.

While Dom sets to find the owners of the shop and get some answers, Melinda helps the couple who are in debt from paying for their wedding twice as well as  organise the wedding of a lifetime for a second couple who had to cancel their wedding altogether.

The Cowboy Traders team came to film in various locations in Kent including Chilham, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle and Sevenoaks.

Chilham is a village in the Ashford borough of Kent with a stunning fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings. Chilham has been chosen as a film location by  Top Gear (2011), Emma (2009) and Miss Marple – The Moving Finger (2005).

Ashford is a small market town, with historic buildings, lots of eateries and several shopping facilities. Ashford’s International Eurostar train station means that it is well connected with the rest of the country, as well as Europe. Ashford and surrounding areas has been used as a film location from productions including The Apprentice (2015), The Monuments Men (2014) and Emma (2009).

Sittingbourne is also a market town which has historical houses, museums, beautiful gardens and fascinating nature reserves. For fans of action, it also has a Greyhound Racing track and Go Karting, as well as a skate park. The area has been used by projects such as  A Taste of Britain (2014), Southcliffe (2013) and The Riddle (2007).

Hever Castle is a thirteenth century castle which was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and boasts formal Italian Gardens and an ornamental lake. The location has featured in various productions including Inkheart (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Anne of a Thousand Days (1969).

Canterbury is a historic City boasting the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey as well as parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional villages.  Previous productions that have filmed in Canterbury include Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (2013) BBC Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (2012) and Last Orders (2008).

Sevenoaks is a town in West Kent with vibrant shopping streets, architectural treats and historic buildings including Knole Park which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.  The area has welcomed filming from productions such as Rush (2013), BBC Doorstop Crime 999 (2012) and Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011)

Chilham is a remarkable village with fifteenth century square of black and white timbered buildings as well as a church, school and many shops and pubs. The area was welcomed filming from a variety of filming projects including Top Gear (2011), BBC’s Emma (2009), and Hercule Poirots Christmas (1995).

Tunbridge Wells is a town in West Kent, home to a host of historic buildings, specialist shops, churches and a busy town centre. Productions which have previously filmed in the area include Britain’s Best Bakery (2012), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) and Hunted (2012).

Don’t miss the first episode of Cowboy Traders on 4th April 2012 on Channel 5 at 20:00.


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