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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 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

Queen Rearing Course – UPDATED - “Hot off the Press”. We are delighted to announce that Ian Molyneux will be running a Queen Rearing Course over the weekend of 7th & 8th of May 2022 at the Dower House. The cost per person will be £50… ...more
Improvers Course 2022 - This is open to all beekeepers who are members of MDBKA and have kept their own bees for 2 full seasons. The start date will be Monday 18th April 2022 at 6pm and the course will run for 6 weeks.… ...more
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 – UPDATED - 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