If you’re planning a visit to Bovey Castle, then you will know we have the best range of activities for one of the best adventure holidays in Devon this year. From exhilarating off road driving tracks to peaceful visits to our Deer Park we have something for everyone. You will have so much fun at Bovey Castle, why not come and find out for yourself?

We couldn’t run our activities department without our fantastic team, and we are so grateful to have our very own female Bear Grylls right here at Bovey Castle, meet our Activities Manager, Hannah! We asked Hannah a few questions so you could get to know her before visiting, if you’re interested, please keep reading…

Growing up, what did you want to be when you were older?

A dentist or a dancer which I still do.

How did you get into the activities role you are in now?

I had worked here previously in activities from 2008 for 3 years. I had other jobs in between but was looking for an outdoors activity job again years later and the timing was right as they were hiring again. Have been back about 4 years now.

What season is your favourite at Bovey for activities?

Spring because the flowers are just stunning here.

You are a qualified 4×4 driving instructor, tell us about how you got your qualification?

Other instructors and I go to train up at Honiton with Land Rover Experience on their tracks there. I am BORDA British off-road Driving qualified and passed the ‘higher standard’.

What do you do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies?

I love dance and performing, horse riding and clay shooting. I am a trainee horse trick rider and our team perform in jousting and trick shows up and down the country.

Favourite animal spotting on the estate?

Little baby stoats playing. I love ferrets so it’s a wild version of that.

If you were a Disney character, which one would you be?

Merida from Brave, as she is a strong character and can handle a bow and arrow!

If you could have dinner with one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Dawn French because she’s really funny and likes chocolate a lot!


What are two items on your bucket list?

Long horse-riding holidays and an aeroplane wing walk.

What would be your dream holiday?

Horse riding across Canada staying in ranches as I go.

If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?

To stop time, as there’s never enough hours in the day!

If you could time travel, where would you go?  

VE day on 8 May 1945. There were lots of celebrations and street parties to mark the end of the war, everyone would have been in such good spirits.

If you had a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be?

To have massages every day. Never get old. It not to rain.

Now you know more about Hannah, why not come down and meet her? We have so much to do here and Hannah is very excited to meet you! Discover adventure holidays at Bovey Caslte… Plan your stay here or book your activities here.


Birds of prey are fascinating creatures, getting up close and personal to them is a dream opportunity. Discover our top flight falconry experience at Bovey Castle…

Although falconry displays offer the chance to see these wonderful birds working under the guidance of an experienced handler, there is something to be said for going that step further and flying them for yourself. Birds of prey are handled in an exhilarating way at Bovey Castle, in the dramatic landscape of Dartmoor.

Falconry Experience England

Among the top destinations in the UK for wild birds of prey, our team offer a falconry experience visitors can enjoy at any time of year. A hands-on falconry session is on offer which runs on either a morning or afternoon for roughly three hours. A typical session starts with an introduction to the various types of birds of prey that can be handled and flown. Clients will subsequently gain experience of flying owls and working with falcons, one of the fastest wild birds of prey in Devon. The thrill of a falcon hurtling towards you at up to 100 miles per hour is something to behold!

However, the action does not stop there because the highlight of the experience is yet to come… The majestic eagle is a bird of prey that is also available during the experience. Flying the most iconic of all hunting birds makes a falconry experience a cut above the norm.

The Natural Surroundings

Well-known for its often bleak beauty, Dartmoor is the perfect place to learn how to handle wild birds of prey. Bovey Castle is also home to a stunning and naturalistic championship golf course which has a river running through its frequently challenging holes. As such, the short walk between the falconry centre and the hotel located at Bovey Castle is a joy. Why not book a superb experience that you will never forget when you happen to be in such great surroundings? You will get the chance to wear a handler’s gauntlet and to feed and fly raptors under the guidance of experts in a perfect natural environment.

Combining Your Falconry Experience Devon

After a face-to-face encounter with a beautiful bird of prey, what could be better than relaxing at Bovey Castle’s premier spa facilities or taking in a round of golf? The hotel is equipped with a number of places to eat, including a sumptuous à-la-carte restaurant, and a charming bar. Set in one of the country’s most stunning National Parks, the hotel has 60 rooms and is dog friendly. Bovey Castle benefits from a grand country manor feel with bedrooms individually decorated to complement that sensation.

Would you like to meet our resident birds of prey? Book this activity

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