If you go down to the woods today, You’re sure of a big surprise!

If you go down to the woods today, You’re sure of a big surprise!

Urban Explorers make a trip to the woods and take a peek around Han Solo’s famous starship!

WARNING: Contains mild spoilers for Star Wars Episode VIII

The next chapter in the Star Wars saga is currently being filmed in various locations around the world as we speak. At the time of writing, there is a lot of activity in Ireland, in particular at Skellig Michael where the final scenes of Episode VII were filmed.

There have been reports of a partially built Millenium Falcon appearing there as well with many fans clamouring to see what has been going on, albeit from quite a distance.

Normally as an avid film fan, I enjoy watching some great YouTube videos of people discovering old filming locations be they real locations or fabricated environments that are still standing.

One such example would be the fake town built for Tim Burton’s Big Fish which is still standing today. This was bought to my attention by YouTuber known as Adam The Woo. You can watch that particular video here.

However, Thanks to a Facebook posting by The Replica Prop Forum, it seems some urban explorers have been visiting a set during filming!

Recently the website for the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, ran the story that a full-size Millenium Falcon and a partial recreation of Skellig Michael had been built at Pinewood Studios. The article was actually incorrect (no surprises there!) and the set was actually being built at Longcross Film Studios in Chertsey.


The location is set away slightly from the actual studio buildings situated in the woods that surround a test track for vehicles (I should know, I’ve been there several times for my job!). Several urban explorers successfully managed to infiltrate these woods and had a good look around the full-size Millenium Falcon set, or in other words, trespass illegally! Apparently they were chased off the set by security staff but not before taking several pictures.

Here’s just a small sample of the photos they managed to take on site. I bet someone at security is going to get fired very, very soon! As you can see they waited for the cover of darkness before they made their visit to the set.

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Another urban explorer who first made the discovery and more amazingly in normal daylight hours has posted his photos at the urban exploration site, 28 Days Later. Although what they did is still illegal, at least they showed more respect to the location and didn’t walk all over the ship.

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John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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