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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

Beekeeper Training

We offer 2 day Beginner’s Beekeeping theory courses 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

Asian Hornet Alert - The National Bee Unit have put out an Alert that an Asian Hornet has been spotted. Full information is on our News Link http://www.nationalbeeunit.com//showNews.cfm?id=207. This is a very important after Graham's Talk on Asian Hornets and the confirmed sighting and release ...more
Bee-hind the scenes with the Manchester & District Beekeepers’ Association - Lena Crowe, President of the Manchester & District Beekeepers’ Association, tells us all about beekeeping for Environment and Bee Conservation week.   To read the full storey follow the link https://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/beekeepers/
FLORA Has Arrived Home and How we Got There - Flora our Bee is now on display at The Dower House. She is part of the Wild-in-Art trail. The story of the painting by Peter can be viewed on https://youtu.be/uN7chU0fnrc .
Bee-in-the-City Preview - Lena Crowe and Peter Davis at the preview of the bees at the Hive in Manchester. The Bees will start swarming out soon and be on the trail in and around Manchester from the 23rd July. Further information can be ...more