Welcome to MDBKA

Manchester and Lancashire area beekeeper training for anyone who wishes to learn the craft of beekeeping
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.
Manchester and District Beekeeping Association  Dower House 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 Honey Bee Swarm Service

Swarm Service

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

MDBKA Membership

Join Us

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

MDBKA Training

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

BEE EQUIPMENT SALE ON 19th NOVEMBER

We will be having our winter bee equipment sale at the Dower House containers on Saturday 19th November from 12:00 to 15:00 10% off most items, excluding the...

BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS COURSE JANUARY 2023

Building on the great success of the 2021 style of course we will be offering 25 places on our 2023 Course which will begin on Monday the 30th of January...
British National Hive

The Weekend Beekeeping for Beginners course returns

THE OCTOBER COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - A NEW COURSE IS STARTING IN JANUARY 2023   After the constraints of the pandemic we are delighted to be able to...

If you are not receiving the BBKA Magazine or MDBKA Newsletter

If you are not receiving the BBKA Magazine or MDBKA Newsletter your membership has lapsed. You are not insured and will not be insured for 40 days after you...
Learn About The Hive

Queen Rearing Course 2022 – 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...
Pollen

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...

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.
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...

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...

Green Flag Community Award

Manchester and District Beekeepers' Association has been awarded for the 5th Year running by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government the...