Welcome to Porteath Bee Centre
Porteath Bee Centre is a fun and informative visit for all the family! We have a bee exhibition and gift shop.
'Bee' fascinated by the wonderful world of bees!
You can find out about the work bees do and find out about the hives
Are you interested in beekeeping?
Whether you are new to the world of beekeeping of have been long since 'stung' with the passion, we have a great range of beekeeping supplies.
Nucleus with 2021 Queen available now
Join us in our 35th year!
Our current opening times are 11-3 Tuesday – Saturday. These are likely to change so please check before your visit to avoid disappointment.
Swarm Collection – We no longer deal with swarms, please contact either Linda Evans on 07889685059 or Molly Earl on 07743921425.
The hive cafe is currently closed but customers are welcome to use our outside picnic benches for lunch and to enjoy the view after a browse in our shop.
The bees are NOT in the observation hive for the moment but the exhibition is still open for learning and there will be someone on hand to answer questions.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Porteath Bee Centre initially started as a hobby. Heather began keeping bees in 1970 when a local beekeeper sadly passed away and his wife wanted to re-home the bees. Heather was very accommodating and took the 3 hives and gave them a home.
In 1979 the hives of bees were on Eddie’s land in Porteath. Eddie became fascinated during those warm summer afternoons watching the bees buzzing back and forth bringing in the different pollen. However, there were the odd occasions when Eddie would get a little too inquisitive which often resulted in a sting to the nose!
Not discouraged by any nasal discomfort Eddie decided he wanted his own hives and the following year both Heather and Eddie started to increase their hives making nuclei and selling honey at the door.