Crusader Holidays are pleased to offer an exciting short break featuring the filming locations from one of the nation’s best loved soaps. The Woolpack Weekend is a 3 day themed break that takes in the sights from the popular TV soap Emmerdale.
Since the first episode on the 16th October 1972 Emmerdale has become one of Britain’s most watched television programmes, competing with rival soaps such as Coronation Street and EastEnders. Televised every week day, the UK’s second oldest television soap opera attracts 6–8 million viewers per episode. The show has earned various awards and nominations over the years for its cast performances and storylines.
Filming for Emmerdale originally took place in 1972 in a small village called Arncliffe in Littondale. The fictional Woolpack Pub in the TV programme was actually exterior shots of the village’s hotel, The Falcon. To compensate for disruption placed upon the small village, the production company gave donations to the local church and village hall.
The decision to move the filming location to the now well-known village of Esholt in 1976 was prompted when Arncliffe become too widely known. In addition the production company wanted a filming location closer to the Yorkshire TV Studios in Leeds.
Esholt was where filming remained for the next 22 years. The village has become a tourist attraction and pilgrimage for TV soap fans from all over UK and beyond. The village pub, previously known as The Commercial Hotel, has embraced and retained the adopted name from Emmerdale of The Woolpack Inn. A wise business decision I’m sure we can all agree!
Since 1998, filming was moved to a purpose built village set, constructed by Yorkshire Television in the Harewood estate in Eccup, near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Many modern TV soaps and dramas, such as Coronation Street and EastEnders have taken a similar step in filming in controlled environments in purpose built sets.
Despite Esholt and the local village pub not being the current filming location of Emmerdale, it is its spiritual home, set within the stunning Yorkshire countryside. Each year 1000’s of visitors enjoy a drink and mingle in the same locations as their TV hero’s and villains. Favourite story lines and characters from the past are shared and new conspiracies about modern story lines are composed and debated.
For those who have perhaps never watched Emmerdale, this 3 day break can more than compensate with the breath-taking scenery found in the Holme Valley. Dotted around this iconic English landscape are unspoilt villages, picturesque cottages and working farms. It’s possible to enjoy the scenery so much you may become an avid Emmerdale viewer to enjoy the sights again and again, along with the odd scandal, affair and murder!
As a part of the 3 day break, Crusader Holidays stay two nights with breakfast and dinner at the Great Victoria hotel, which was originally built in 1867 as a railway hotel. Included during the stay is a guided walking tour of Esholt, visits to Newark, Wharfedale and Holmfirth which was the filming location for another TV favourite, Last of the Summer Wine. During your guided walking tour of Esholt, The ‘Woolpack’ and surrounding cottages and scenery will be instantly recognisable. After spending time in Esholt the tour will continue to Otley, known as Hotton in the TV series.
For more information about the Woolpack Weekend 3 day break please visit Crusader Holidays Website.
Below you will find a selection of pictures from the most recent Woolpack Weekend tour.