Bees need our help. Their numbers are in decline due to disease, pesticide use and loss of habitat. At the National Beekeeping Centre Wales in Conwy, we firmly believe it is possible to reverse this trend and make the world a better place for honey bees. Find out how you can help the bees too by becoming more bee-friendly in your home and garden, how to become a beekeeper or how you can help us to help the bees.
To our customers, supporters and volunteers. It’s with regret that we have to report going into shut-down mode as a result of the coronavirus emergency.
This means the closure of the Visitor Centre, the cancellation of our planned beekeeping courses in May and June and a hold on the availability of beekeeping equipment from the apiary. Refunds of course fees will be given in full. In addition, talks to community groups and schools are also put on hold. For the moment, our weekend course planned for early September will remain open for bookings.
We’re very sorry as many of you will be disappointed, but as soon as we are able, we’ll get back up and running again. Keep safe.
The Adopt a Hive project has proved very popular and we need to limit numbers. We are a Community Interest Company run by volunteers and have limited resource to manage a bigger project. New members will receive their welcome packs and hive narratives throughout the year and all members will continue to receive updates as usual throughout 2020. Thank you so much for your support.
Conwy has a long history of beekeeping thought to date back perhaps 1,000 years, and bee boles can be found in walls throughout the Conwy Valley. The holding of the annual Conwy Honey Fair is in Conwy Town’s Royal Charter and was granted by Edward I in the 13th century when reports say that he himself bought a cask of honey at the fair.
By helping develop a vigorous, healthy and environmentally responsible beekeeping industry we hope not only to continue the tradition, but also to secure a good future for bees in Wales. We promote good practice, accurate and accessible public information as well as community action.
The Visitor Centre will be closed between the 1st February and the 14th February to allow for the transfer of stock into the Farm Shop. The Farm Shop will remain open during this period of reorganisation. We apologise for any inconvenience.
If you’re a beginner and want to learn to keep bees, build a hive or just get close to bees for the first time then we have the course for you. Take a look at the range of courses we have to offer, from a Taster Day to an intensive Beginners’ Weekend