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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

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

UPDATE Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire - The latest information on the Asian Hornet please read the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-uk-sightings-in-2018?fbclid=IwAR1qP9Jlic5lu5uIWmo0pmp09_V57TcbcGkqzQWyUQ1kilmLmI-ciczJDM8     An Asian hornet sighting was confirmed in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire on 2 September 2019. This is the first report since July, when a… ...more
Asian Hornet Week: September 9th-15th 2019 - I could be coming your way – are you ready? We are asking everyone to be vigilant in looking out for this alien species, the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina. This hornet could decimate our pollinators including our honey bees, it… ...more
Heaton Park Honey Available in the Stables Cafe - MDBKA is please is announce that honey is available in the Heaton Park Stables Cafe. ...more
Heaton Park Honey - Heaton Park honey can be purchased at The Dower House in Heaton Park on Sundays from 12:00Hrs to 15:00Hrs (winter opening) and 12:00Hrs to 16:00Hrs (Summer Opening). It can also be purchased on a Thursday between 10:00 and 12:00. We… ...more