FBKA's Apiaries

All about our associated apiaries

Essentially our apiaries are to teach people the art of bee keeping but they are also open for existing bee keepers to refresh their knowledge. Our first apiary was in Gleaston and in 2017 we opened a second one at Haverthwaite. In 2020 the Gleaston site was moved to Outcast in Ulverston.

Classes are held from 10.30 till 12.00 on Saturday mornings throughout the season for new and potential beekeepers to learn the essentials of beekeeping. So, around mid April to Mid September. We have protective clothing you can use until you are certain you would like to keep bees, but please bring your own wellingtons if you have them.

Lessons are currently free and you come along when you can. Before the hives are opened up we have some evening sessions at Greenodd Village Hall too.

When you feel ready to progress to keeping your own bees the Society will help you source local, healthy bees and mentor you though your early days until you feel confident to work alone.

To register your interest in the sessions or to make further enquiries please contact us.

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How to find the apiaries

Haverthwaite Apiary

On the A590 turn off at the sign marked ‘Grizedale Forest’, then immediately turn right. Follow this road to its end and park in the lay-by.

Then on foot take the track at the end of the road. At the top go through the gate and the Apiary is straight across the field.

Outcast Apiary

There are a number of approaches but the simplest is probably to take the turn by the Auction Mart and Canal Head into North Lonsdale Terrace that becomes North Lonsdale Road. Proceed down to and take the right turn into Cross Lane, at the Industrial Estate which includes Atkinson’s Builders Merchants and other businesses. At the end of Cross Lane, turn right and park in the roadside parking area on the left-hand side of the road, approaching in this way, adjacent to the allotments. The apiary is behind the hedge. The entrance is a few yards further up the road. The site can also be approached via Dragley Beck. Map ref: 304776