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Manchester and District Beekeepers Association - Bee Swarm ManagementManchester and District Beekeepers Association - Train To Be A BeekeeperManchester and District Beekeepers Association - Visitors Centre And Honey Sales

Manchester & District Beekeepers’ Association (MDBKA) is a UK charity (number: 1159052).

We train and educate our members in the art of beekeeping through a range of courses, lectures, study and practical experience.

As part of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) our members enjoy a range of benefits including – BBKA News, Insurance and much more.

Dower House in Heaton Park, Prestwich (see Street View) is our Headquarters.

We have a public viewing area, extraction room and a bee garden (apiary), with bee friendly plants. There are a number of bee hives in the apiary and also a safe observation hive in Dower House where you can watch the bees going about their business.

Dower House MDBKA HQ

Visitors of all ages are welcome and we are open every Sunday.

However please check our Events Calendar BEFORE you travel.

Opening Times


Winter: Open at 12:00 close at 15:00 GMT

Summer: Open at 12:00 close at 16:00 BST

You can also purchase the excellent Manchester Beekeepers Honey gathered from our own apiaries as well as other bee related products.

MDBKA Services, Membership, Training and Education

MDBKA Swarm Service

Swarm Service

Do you think you may have a swarm of Honey Bees? We can help.

Become a MDBKA Member

Join Us

Applications for MDBKA membership come from all kinds of backgrounds and levels of experience. Find out more about becoming a MDBKA member.

Train to be a Beekeeper


We offer 2 day Beginner’s Beekeeping theory courses with practical evening sessions during the beekeeping season. Also a 1 day Bees, Pollinators and Plants course for the Non Beekeeper.

MDBKA Visitors Centre

Visitors Centre

Find out how you can help bees and other pollinators. View our observation hive – children in particular find this fascinating. Enjoy the taste of local honey.

News & Events

GREEN FLAG AWARD 2020 - Manchester and District Beekeepers' Association has been awarded for the 6th Year running by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government the prestigious Green Flag for Community Groups. This is awarded in recognition of the hard work the volunteers… ...more
Equipment Sale reopening Covid-19 Update (18/06/20) - The association is reopening the Equipment Store for sales from 19/06/2020 onwards each Thursday between 10.00am and 12.00pm. To ensure that everyone remains safe members are asked to follow the following guidance: bring a printed copy of the order with… ...more
COVID-19 letter from the BBKA - This letter is being sent to the Secretary of all Area Associations and Branches for you to distribute to your members. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) The impact of the Coronavirus could not have been foreseen but the BBKA is working hard… ...more
Bees, Pollinators and Plants Training - To Be Held On 16/5/2020   This is a new short course (4 hours).  It is suitable for anyone who is interested in bees, (including honeybees) pollinating insects and their interaction with plants.  The main focus will be on the… ...more