Why we don’t allow drones
To reduce risk to our staff, visitors, property, deer and wildlife. We have adopted a strict policy, banning the use of drones within Bedford Estates. This includes Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn Safari Park, The Woburn Hotel and Woburn Golf Club.
• Drone usage is regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority and use of drones often comes under great scrutiny. Further information can be found here https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/Flying-drones/
• Drones should not be flown over people.
• Drones should not be flown near property; the special nature of Woburn Abbey and our properties makes the risk of damage more severe.
• Should a drone cause damage or harm, pilots generally do not have the correct insurances to cover them.
• Our Deer Park is conservation area, the deer breed within 3,000 acres of Bedford Estates land and are sensitive to disturbance.
• Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws; for instance filming people without permission. This also infringes our filming policy. For more information on filming please visit /filming-press/
• Use of drones can affect our visitor experience and cause a nuisance.
We therefore do not allow drones within the Bedford Estates land. The only exception being contractors who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have specific insurances and have been commissioned by the Duke of Bedford.
If you have a query with regards to commercial activity and filming within Bedford Estates please contact marketing on 01525 290333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org