Bees

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.

Beekeeping

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.

Visitor Centre

Our interactive and informative visitor centre and apiary are situated within the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in the heart of the Conwy valley in beautiful North Wales, an area rich with beekeeping heritage.



Here you can watch bees at work, weather permitting, watch hives and bees via our webcam, learn more about bees and beekeeping, buy honey, hive products and bee related items from our shop; book courses and events.

December is here and it is time to think of Christmas shopping. If you are looking for a bee themed gift then pop into our Visitor Centre for some ideas such as honey; balms and creams; honey pots and dishes; candles; Save our Bees bags and seed bombs.

Adopt a Hive

Give Bees a Chance

When you adopt a hive you can choose which hive you’d like to support.

Eirlys, Willow, Hafwen or Heather. Each hive has its own story and its own character, as you’ll discover in the coming months.

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Courses

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


Volunteers needed!

Please help us to help the honeybee

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As the Visitor Centre is staffed by volunteers we advise that you phone ahead to avoid disappointment, especially if you wish to visit the hives.

01492 651106 [email protected]

We are really pleased to announce that we have stocked Seedballs in our popular Visitor Centre for a number of years and they have just won their second award, the "Garden Retail Awards Best New Gardening Product (growing)". We are thrilled to be associated with this product which is endorsed by the RHS "Perfect for Pollinators". Remember, pollinator and bee friendly plants don't just attract honey bees. There are over 250 types of bees in the UK. Many Congratulations to Seedballs!!!


Monday
Closed excluding Bank Holidays
Tuesday
13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00


24 - 31 December 2017
Closed


1 January – 23 March 2018

Monday
Closed
Tuesday - Friday
13:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday:
11:00 - 16:00

Beekeeping courses

From £60 per person

Take a look at the range of courses we have to offer

Help us help the Bees!

Become a member

From just £2 per month for an individual membership