Meet the Bees

There is nothing quite like lifting the lid on a hive and observing a full colony of bees at work in their amazing and beautiful home. Will you see the queen, or a bee hatching, or the famous ‘waggle dance’?  Can you spot the difference between a drone and a worker bee, or brood, stored honey and pollen? Is your eyesight good enough to spot a newly laid egg or a hidden swarm cell? Don’t forget to close your eyes and smell the delicious scent of warm beeswax and honey, and listen to the gentle buzz of the industrious bees as they go about their ceaseless work.

We would like to offer you the chance to have this amazing experience and ‘Meet the Bees’ at one of our sessions this summer in May, June and July. You can choose from our Classic, Picnic, Corporate or Youth Groups options. Please read ‘the small print’ at the bottom of this page:


  •   Meet the Bees Classic – Ideal for individuals, couples, families, or small groups who would like to join other people and meet the bees. NB All children meeting the bees must be at least 6 years old.  Price £30 per person. Dates to be agreed – please contact us for more information, and don’t forget to read the ‘the small print’ at the bottom of this page. Spaces are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment. This visit includes:
      • An introductory talk about the bees
      • Meeting the bees
      • Opportunity to sample a range of local honey
      • Opportunity to buy a range of local honey and hive products
      • Loan of protective bee suits and gloves 
      • All visitors will need to bring their own wellington boots or similar that the legs of the bee suit can be tucked into
  •   Meet the Bees Picnic – Ideal for individuals, couples, families, or small groups who would like to join other people and meet the bees. NB All children meeting the bees must be at least 6 years old.  Price £50 per person.  Dates to be agreed – please contact us for more information, and don’t forget to read the ‘the small print’ at the bottom of this page. Spaces are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment. This visit includes:
      • An introductory talk about the bees
      • Meeting the bees
      • A picnic lunch or afternoon tea (bring your own picnic chairs or blankets)
      • Opportunity to sample a range of local honey
      • Opportunity to buy a range of local honey and hive products,
      • Loan of protective bee suits and gloves
      • All visitors will need to bring their own wellington boots or similar that the legs of the bee suit can be tucked into
  •   Meet the Bees Corporate – Ideal for groups who would like to organise a special day just for your own members. Minimum number 10, maximum number 20, price on application, dates to be agreed. Please contact us for more information, and don’t forget to read the ‘the small print’ at the bottom of this page. This visit includes:
      • An introductory talk about the bees
      • Meeting the bees
      • A picnic lunch or afternoon tea  (bring your own picnic chairs or blankets)
      • Opportunity to sample a range of local honey
      • Opportunity to buy a range of local honey and hive products
      • Loan of protective bee suits and gloves
      • All visitors will need to bring their own wellington boots or similar that the legs of the bee suit can be tucked into
  •   Meet the Bees Youth Groups – Ideal for groups from state schools, Brownies, Beaver Scouts, Guides, Scouts and Youth groups. NB All children meeting the bees must be at least 6 years old, and all children/teenagers must be closely supervised by a nominated responsible adult from their group or school at all times. Price – free! Dates to be agreed – please contact us for more information, and don’t forget to read the ‘the small print’ at the bottom of this page. This visit includes:
      • An introductory talk about the bees
      • Meeting the bees
      • Opportunity to buy a range of local honey and hive products
      • Loan of protective bee suits and gloves
      • All visitors will need to bring their own wellington boots or similar that the legs of the bee suit can be tucked into

    The Small Print!

    All payments must be made in advance. We regret that no refunds can be made if you change your mind.

    Bees are very weather dependant, and it is not possible to open the hives when it is not warm enough, raining, too windy or when thunderstorms are forecast. If we have to postpone your visit, we will reschedule it.

    Everyone visiting the apiary, even if they are not ‘meeting the bees’, will need to complete an ‘Apiary Rules’ form.

    All children meeting the bees must be at least 6 years old.

    Children attending with families or groups (schools/ Brownies/Scouts, etc) must be closely supervised by a nominated responsible adult at all time.

    Bee suits are like boiler suits - visitors need to wear clothing that enables them to wear a boiler suit on top. Anyone not wearing appropriate protective clothing (a fully zipped up bee suit with a veil, gloves and wellington boots or similar that the legs of the suit can be tucked into) will not be allowed to go near the open hives.

    Whilst we will take all reasonable precautions to minimise the risk of bee stings, we cannot guarantee that this will not happen. Members of the public need to be aware that bee stings are painful, will cause swelling and irritation, and can cause a potentially fatal allergic reaction in a very small number of people. Everyone visiting the apiary and ‘meeting the bees’ does so at their own risk.

    Parking is off site and visitors need to walk a few 100m down a track to get to the apiary. Special arrangements can be made, on request, for closer parking for people with mobility impairments. The apiary is in a roughly grassed area – there are no smooth pathways and there are tripping hazards that are not always easy to see. Visitors need to be able to move safely in these conditions and visit the apiary at their own risk.

    We have a portaloo at the apiary, but otherwise it’s all in the fresh air!