Photography and drone policy

Unless clearly stated otherwise in the submission of images, video or other content you grant to Holkham Estate a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to publish and use that content including any aspect of it, as well as permission to edit, crop or otherwise modify the content by Holkham, at Holkham Estate’s discretion for use on this website, and/or in publications, in any media and at any time. Holkham may, but are not required to, ask you to confirm the rights granted in this paragraph.

Commercial photography

Holkham Estate has diverse landscape and property that can be used for commercial photography, a fantastic opportunity for any publication, brand or campaign. All requests for permission to undertake commercial photography of any kind at Holkham should in the first instance be referred to Holkham Estate’s Location Managers.

Paul O’Grady
Holkham Estate Location Manager
Tel: 07973827536

George Wilcox
Holkham Estate Location Manager
Tel: 07854155387

Professional and semi-professional photographers

Holkham does not permit photography or filming on its property for commercial use or for reproduction in any form without consent from Holkham Estate. Images taken on Holkham properties and land may not be sold commercially, submitted to photo libraries, agencies or on-line providers or provided directly to image buyers without Holkham Estate’s consent, which may require a fee for the location licence. If it is found that photographers have done so, they will be asked to remove from the site without permission and charges will apply in accordance with Holkham location permit fees. Legal action could follow if required or deemed necessary given the exposure and/or use of the location in commercial photography. All requests for permission to undertake professional and/or Semi-Professional photography of any kind at Holkham should in the first instance be referred to Holkham Estate’s Location Managers.

Press photography

With the exception of organised press events at Holkham, all requests for access to Holkham for press photography should be directed to the Holkham Estate Head of Marketing, Lucy Downing by email:

Holkham estate drone policy

With an increase in enquiries and interest in the use of drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to film or photograph Holkham Estate and land, we need to be careful to balance these possibilities with the need to protect and conserve the land and buildings and to ensure safety for our visitors and wildlife. We will not grant permission to fly for amateur or student filming or approve requests from any fliers who seek permission in return for access and use of the footage obtained. The use of UAVs or drones is not permitted on or over any Holkham land without prior written approval. If use is approved by Holkham Estate then the following conditions will apply.

Drone Flight Conditions (if approved)

All operators must hold the following:

A current and valid CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) ‘Permission for Commercial Operations’ (PFCO) licence.

Evidence of valid insurance cover with a minimum of £5million cover.

A risk assessment for the proposed flight.

A method statement outlining what equipment will be used.

A flight plan outlining where flying is proposed.

All drone operations must be conducted strictly in accordance with CAA legislation and regulations, two elements to draw attention to below:

UAVs/drones are not permitted to be flown within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.

UAVs/drones should not be flown within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing or within 30 metres of any person except for the person in charge of the aircraft.

Next steps

If you are interested in flying a drone/UAV for filming on the Holkham Estate, please contact Holkham Estate’s Location Managers to discuss your project. or

Please note: For all projects including commercial and personal filming use, drone/UAV flying will be treated as a commercial hire and fees will apply as appropriate.