Should I include my hobbies in my Personal Statement?

Academic qualifications alone are not enough for most admissions tutors, they love students who put themselves out to achieve something and enjoy a life outside their studies, i.e., they want to see what makes you tick!
Include any hobbies and interests you may have and, if possible, relate them to how they will make you a better student.

Any involvement with any other extracurricular groups such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award is worth including in your Personal Statement. Mention any positions of responsibility, evidence of self-motivation and any hurdles that you have overcome.

If possible, include anything that shows you have an intelligent interest in the world. All these examples will help to demonstrate your character and your strengths.

If you are planning to take a gap year, explain your reasons and why would this be beneficial to your future career plan.