DAY 7 – Chatting in Chester
The next day was a little quieter for us as we took the opportunity to do some sailing and hang out in Chester, having lunch at the cosy Kiwi Cafe.
Check out my walking tour of the main street, Pleasant St, to get an idea of how the small town’s centre doubles for Haven:
VIDEO: Haven Walking Tour
The show has certainly had a big impact on the small town of Chester, and with that in mind I headed back to Nicki’s Inn to interview the owner, Nicki Butler, who has become involved with the show in many ways, from being chef and landlady to the cast to surrogate mother!
Images: Nicki and the Inn
She kindly let me interview her, with Jayne Eastwood, about this special Haven connection:
VIDEO: Nicki/ Jayne interview
I was also introduced to Anthony, a Haven actor staying at the Inn. He plays Jo, a Troubled Dad in episode 513.
Images: Anthony/ Nicki
Afterwards Jayne showed me the ‘Harker House‘ where she filmed the final episodes of Season 4. She recounted how after a long emotional shoot she walked out of the house to find the entire crew had gathered to give her a round of applause for her efforts – led by Shawn Piller who directed that episode! Unsurprisingly the sweet gesture triggered more tears.
Images: Jayne at Harker House
DAY 8 – Grey Gull Special!
We headed into Chester’s main street and bumped into Kirsty Hinchcliffe… AKA Officer Rafferty AKA Mrs Lucas Bryant! Unlike her cop alterego she was really friendly and talkative and we had a long chat about all sorts from living in Chester compared with LA, the Ebola crisis, and long working hours on Haven to shopping in Sydney! She even gave me career advice which I really appreciated. Thanks Kirsty for making our morning!
After that we headed out – at long last – to visit The Grey Gull. ICYMI check out our location video:
VIDEO: The Grey Gull
Images: Grey Gull exterior
After viewing the exterior Doug the owner gave us a tour round the inside! It was fantastic being able to check out the little props from coloured candles to the specials board that make the Gull, well, the Gull.
Images: Inside the Grey Gull
We also spotted a band set in one corner – could we finally be seeing a ‘musical’ episode of Haven? I’ve always thought the Gull would be perfect for a featured – maybe Troubled – band 🙂
Image: Band set at Grey Gull
We headed upstairs to check out Audrey’s apartment which was empty save some equipment. It’s unsurprising this is used as storage since scenes aren’t shot in there and the producers rent the Gull for the entire season. But the views from the balcony are stunning!
Images: Grey Gull Balcony
On our way back to our hotel we took little detour to search out the Haunted House. A nightmare to find down a forest road, it really does feel creepy – even from the outside!
Image: Haunted house
After getting ready for a big last night we headed back into Chester and chanced upon an open- doored Haven Herald! A production team was inside setting up for EPK interviews and very kindly invited us in to have a look around. Needless to say we were like kids in a candy store!
Images: EPK set
We found printing presses and chess boards, writing desks and even the Tutankhamun replica where Cabot’s journal is hidden in episode 501. A little known fact is the interior of Jordan’s bar, the Gun and Rose, is actually filmed in the back room of the Herald building. This is currently used as a store room for the Teagues’ tandem bike and some of the mysterious Archives!
Photos: Herald interior
Already brimming with excitement we headed to the Fo’c’sle for our Haven Fan Party…
Image: Outside Fo’c’sle Tavern
For more photos visit my Fan Trip Gallery. Check back next week for my final post in this series and lots of party pics with cast and fans!