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The Jinney Ring Craft Centre B60 4BT
West Midlands branch

Put on a beekeeping suit and see inside honey bee hives


Guided by experienced beekeepers from the North East Worcestershire Beekeepers Association (NEWBKA) and depending on conditions and what is found on the day, you will open hives, carry out inspections and take any action required.

There will be opportunity to ask questions, take photographs, handle the frames, discuss equipment and methods as well as discuss the life and husbandry of the honey bee.

You will be provided with suits and all necessary equipment to visit the hives, but you must bring your own gloves (‘Marigold' or equivalent rubber gloves) plus wellies to protect your feet and lower legs.

You will be outdoors on rough, possibly muddy fields, so wellies will be sensible for that as well. Bring sensible clothing for working outdoors, but remember that you will be wearing a beesuit over everything.

There is the option to have a snack beforehand or dinner afterwards or both - the ‘farmhouse' restaurant is open to 15:00. There is also plenty to explore around the Craft Centre including glassblowing and a pond with ducks. There are good walks nearby such as the 30 minute walk from the Craft Centre to Hanbury Church (steep hill) which gives wonderful views across the Worcestershire countryside.


£10 - RSB member
£10 - Accompanied child (10 or over) of members
£15 - non-member


The event is limited to 10 people. When booking your ticket please indicate your bee suit size and if your have a bee sting allergy in the special requests box. 

                   Chest in inches       Height In feet & inches (up to)
X- small      30-32                      5'1”
Small          34-36                      5'6”
Medium      38-40                     5'10”
Large          42-44                     6'
X - large      46-48                     6'2”
Other - please email Sue Howarth with details.


The Jinney Ring Craft Centre B60 4BT. Meet at 11:30 in the Jinney Ring restaurant and look out for the Royal Society of Biology banner. The hives are in the fields at the back of the Jinney Ring Craft Centre between Hanbury and Bromsgrove. The venue is 5 miles from Redditch; 9 miles from Worcester; 15 miles from Kidderminster and 18 miles from Birmingham city centre.

Free parking is available in the Jinney Ring craft centre or in the overflow parking spaces in the fields.

Further information

In the event of bad weather, the hives cannot be opened and the event will be rescheduled. The beekeepers will make the decision the day before and the RSB will notify you of a cancellation. 

In the unlikely event that a notifiable bee disease is confirmed at the apiary then we may have to postpone, giving as much notice as possible.

Please wear trousers and wellingtons. Bring a pair of good-fitting rubber gloves (like washing-up gloves).


Please direct specific event queries to organiser Sue Howarth and any booking or website queries to Jane Magill at or on 020 7685 2576.

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