Welcome to Porteath Bee Centre
Porteath Bee Centre is a fun and informative day out 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
The Bee Centre will be reopening in line with government guidelines on Wednesday 14th April. Opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm.
There will be a hand sanitising station just inside the door and we ask that all customers adhere to our request of using this when entering the shop. Face coverings are mandatory for all customers.
There are floor markings throughout the shop to help pour customers keep the recommended 2 meters social distancing and we will be operating a one way system throughout the shop.
We are limiting the amount of people in the shop at any one time to:
3 people from different households, or
2 couples from the same household
A family from the same household
The shop will be cashless with only card payments accepted and the card terminal will be sanitised after each use.
The shop will also be cleaned at regular intervals throughout the day.
The Hive Café will be open upstairs for outside seating and take-away food and drinks- please see their website for their opening hours as these differ to ours.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
Porteath Bee Centre really started as a hobby. Heather started keeping bees in 1970 when a local beekeeper sadly passed away and his wife wanted to rehome the bees Heather being an accommodating person took them in and a home for the three hives were found.
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.