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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

 Training

We offer a Beginner’s Beekeeping theory course on Zoom with practical evening sessions during the beekeeping season.

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

DOWER HOUSE VISITORS CENTRE NOW OPEN - The Dower House Visitors Centre and Shop is now open to visitors. Opening times are 12:00 to 15:00. You can now pay by contactless card. ...more
Hoffman Frame Construction BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS COURSE 2022 - Building on the great success of the 2021 style of course we will be offering 50 places on our 2022 Course which will begin on Monday the 31st of January 2022. The course will comprise: 6 weekly Zoom session on… ...more
EQUIPMENT SALE SATURDAY 23-10-21 - MDBKA Annual Equipment Sale  Saturday 23rd October  12.00 till 15.00  10% discount on all purchases  (excluding clothing, medication and hive stands)  Do not miss this opportunity to get ready for the 2022  beekeeping season  Advance orders only Order online on… ...more
MDBKA Spring 2021 Equipment Sale 15-05-21 - We will be holding our annual MDBKA spring equipment sale from Frank's container at the rear of the Dower House on Saturday 15th May 2021. It will start at 12 noon through to 3pm, all orders to be placed online… ...more