A honeybee gathering nectar from a white allium flower

OUR HONEYBEES

Cotswold Bees

You can buy the honeybees that make Harry's honey.

 

If you are a budding beekeeper or an old hand you can buy a nucleus colony of bees from us. We offer 5 and 6 frame nucs - in correx and as poly nucs too. Our nucs of honeybees are available in two sizes - standard British National and 14x12. The frames are Hoffman self-spacers (so no worries about bee-space). 

 

You can pre-order overwintered nucs for delivery in spring 2023. We are taking pre-orders now.

Harry's British, locally raised queens and bees are gentle and easy to handle. And, as a real beekeeping enthusiast, Harry can help with any questions about beekeeping and the bees he sells. If you live within 25 miles of Honey HQ, Harry can deliver your bees to you free of charge. He'll happily help you install them - that's free too.

OUR HONEY

Cotswold Honey 

Harry's honey is untreated. All natural and gently handled. With nectar and pollen from the Cotswolds' flowers and trees.

Our honey comes from our apiaries around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds - including Winchcombe, Birdlip and Cirencester. Across fields, wild meadows and cultivated gardens it takes Harry's honeybees about 2 million trips to make each jar.

Our Cotswold honey is truly seasonal - its taste and texture reflect the flowers the bees forage on each spring and summer. Only lightly strained and then bottled by hand in small batches - that's it. Whether you call it raw honey, artisan honey or just lovely local honey from a lovely local beekeeper, you'll never go back to the supermarket stuff. 

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A beekeeper looking at a frame of honeybees
OUR TRAINING

Learn Beekeeping

If you are thinking of keeping bees or if you have bees and still have questions - our training is for you. Our training days will help you get the most out of this amazing hobby.

We remember what it was like starting out. Although the internet can be a great source of information it can also be too much. There's so much jargon and so many opinions.   

There's no substitute for face to face training - with the ability to actually see bees close up and to ask questions of a beekeeper "in real life". 

 

Each of our beekeeping training courses covers the basics. They bring everything together in a straightforward way. Scheduled throughout the year, we offer three different ways to learn. You choose which one works best for you in terms of format and timing.

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"I bought a jar of your honey yesterday for the first time and have just had two spoonfuls. It is the most lovely honey I have tasted in years. Your bees must be the happiest bees!

Thistles and Dames Violet in an English country garden