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Cragside stars in new Jurassic World movie

Cragside House as Locklwood Manor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Cragside House as Locklwood Manor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

A famous north Northumberland visitor attraction is playing a starring role in a recently-released blockbuster movie.

Cragside, in Rothbury, was used to film scenes for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The house doubles up as Lockwood Manor – the mansion of character Benjamin Lockwood, played by actor James Cromwell – and shots of it can be seen in the film.

Earlier this week, Cragside – a National Trust property – revealed that it had been used for filming.

A statement released on social media read: ‘We have a secret that we can finally share...If you’ve watched the latest film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom you might recognise Cragside... oops, we mean Lockwood Manor!’

Meanwhile, a post on its website proudly adds: ‘In winter 2016, filming began in the grounds of Cragside that would later be used as Lockwood Manor in the latest instalment of the Jurassic World films

‘Those familiar with Cragside will recognise the house, iron bridge, and surrounding coniferous landscape.

‘What may be not so familiar are the dinosaurs that are roaming around the roof of the house…we can assure you they’ve been removed from Cragside and no dinosaurs or red squirrels were harmed in the making of the film.’

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out now in cinemas and is being shown at Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 19, at 7.30pm.

It isn’t the first time that Northumberland has been used by film crews, for both movies and TV programmes.

Among them, Alnwick Castle doubled up as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.

Meanwhile the cast and crew of ITV detective show Vera are often in the county.

Most recently, they were capturing scenes in Amble and were in Alnmouth in May.