Regardless of your opinion on ITV’s adaptation of Sanditon, it’s hard to deny the beauty of the English vistas featured by Andrew Davies. Sanditon itself is a fictional town – an appropriation of the seaside resorts which were gaining popularity in the period – but many of the locations used in Sanditon are local to the Jane Austen Centre in the South West of England.
Shots of the long stretches of sandy beach were filmed in the seaside town of Brean – a Somerset village nestled between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston Super Mare. Brean’s name is derived from “Bryn”, the Celtic word for hill and has a population of around 600 people.
Today, the village is popular with tourists and is home to a leisure park and tropical bird garden. Brean Sands is also a huge pull for land yachting enthusiasts and has played host to the world championships, with some boats reaching 60 miles per hour.