Where is Happy Valley season 3 filmed? Yorkshire filming locations for BBC crime series - can you visit

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Season 3 of BBC crime drama Happy Valley starring Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, James Norton was filmed at locations in Calderdale in West Yorkshire

BBC crime drama Happy Valley, created by Huddersfield native Sally Wainwright, and starring Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood is set in Yorkshire. The show follows Cawood in the line of duty on major investigations and explores her personal life.

In the third series, when the remains of a victim killed in a gang war are discovered in a resrevoir - Cawood takes on the latest grisly murder investigation. As Cawood digs into the case, the is reluctantly brought back into contact with Tommy, her late daughter’s rapist and the father of her grandson. Tommy was last seen in prison the season two finale.

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The main cast including Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, James Norton, and Rhys Connah will return tonight (5 February) for the final episode of season 3, which was filmed earlier this year at locations across West Yorkshire. Here’s everything you need to know about where Happy Valley was filmed and how you can visit.

Where was Happy Valley season 3 filmed?

The series is set in the Calder Valley, a region in West Yorkshire containing several small towns and villages. Happy Valley was largely shot on location in Calder Valley. The first two seasons of the show were shot at Sowerby Bridge, in Calder Valley, as well as Meltham, Keighley, and Huddersfield.

Sarah Lancashire as CatherineSarah Lancashire as Catherine
Sarah Lancashire as Catherine | BBC/Red Productions/Ben Blackall

Season three began filming in Yorkshire in January 2022, nearly six years after the second season was released - Halifax in West Yorkshire was a major location for season three. Film crews were spotted in Boothtown, a suburb of Halifax, and at Hebden Bridge, a small town eight miles west of Halifax.

The Old Halifax swimming pool was transformed into a police station for the new series, and Harveys department store in Halifax was also used as the backdrop for some scenes. RadioTimes also reported that filming had also taken place at a former Sowerby Bridge Police Station, and Park Wood Crematorium in Elland, a market town in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

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Other TV shows filmed in Halifax include Gentleman Jack, A Touch of Frost, Ackley Bridge, Brassed Off, and the upcoming Marvel series Secret Invasion. Films shot in the town include The Lady in the Van, Wuthering Heights, The History Boys, Peterloo, Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

Can you visit the Happy Valley setting?

Yes, Halifax is a picturesque and historic market town - it is the largest town in Calderdale and sees millions of visitors each year. It is well-known for its Victorian architecture and there are several stops for tourists to visit. Halifax is home to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Shibden Hall (where BBC historical drama Gentleman Jack is set), Shibden Park, and the Piece Hall.

James Norton as TommyJames Norton as Tommy
James Norton as Tommy | BBC/Red Productions/Ben Blackall

When is the finale of Happy Valley season 3?

The new season of Happy Valley began on New Year’s Day, with the final episode of the drama series set to air tonight (5 February) on BBC One at 9pm. For those who miss it, the finale will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Is there a trailer for Happy Valley season 3?

Yes there is, and you can watch it right here:

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