THE Great British Bake Off is finally back on our screens for its 2023 season.
With a dozen new bakers joining the line-up, we take a look at where the series was filmed.
Where was the Great British Bake Off 2023 filmed?
Once again, filming for The Great British Bake Off 2023 took place on the grounds of Welford Park – a country house and estate in Berkshire.
The Georgian property served as the filming location for previous seasons of Bake Off.
This was the show's main location from 2014 (series five), aside from a two-year Covid-related relocation.
The park has a current owner, John Puxley, who lives there with his wife and two children after it has been privately owned by his forefathers since 1618.
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Prior to Welford Park, Bake Off has taken place in various locations including Fulham Palace, London (season one), Valentines Mansion, Redbridge (season two) and Harptree Court, Somerset (seasons three and four).
How long did the contestants film at Welford Park?
The Bake Off contestants spent six weeks filming on the hotel grounds depending on how long they lasted in the competition.
Typically, each episode of Bake Off is filmed over two days, which is usually at the weekends.
So the hour or so of footage that viewers see is only a fraction of the time the cast and crew actually spent shooting.
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Speaking about how long it takes to film an episode, season eight baker Tom Hetherington told Insider: "It takes quite a long time to film, and I don't think everyone appreciates how long it takes, but it becomes very exhausting and very stressful."
He explained that depending on how many contestants are left in the competition, filming days can take anywhere from 10 to 16 hours.
When did the Bake Off tent move?
The Bake Off tent was moved to Down Hall Hotel in Essex in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.
Bosses decided to move the tent to allow the cast and crew to isolate with each other before filming began and enabled them to create a Covid-safe bubble.
Before filming, everyone was required to self-isolate for nine days and had to take three Covid-19 tests before being allowed entry into the hotel.
They then had their own social bubble for seven weeks during the competition.
A spokesperson told Berkshire Live in 2020: "It has been well documented that the series was filmed in a Covid-secure bubble this year, and the venue allowed for that."
Channel 4's Kelly Webb-Lamb added: "In terms of what actually went on in the tent, the challenges that they did, the amount of time they had to prepare, those things were the same as they always are.
"So it's been an incredible feat from Love to pull that off."
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