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The Horestone Apiary

The apiary at Horestone is situated in the pictureseque Taw Valley, near Bishops Tawton. It is a little difficult to find, along Devon's winding lanes, so maybe a phone call to the apiary manager prior to your visit would save a mystery trip around the countryside!

You are warmly invited to enjoy this website and contact us if you would like further information relating to honeybees. Our aim is to promote this fascinating craft to encourage best practice and share information.

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Looking down the apiary at the recently refurbished honey preparation hut, with the meeting hut in the background. The new concrete slabs ready to receive their hives can also be seen
The meeting hut (a former chicken shed) has a library at the rear and a meeting room which can seat 30 people or more.


The members meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm, throughout the year, and all new members or anyone interested in keeping bees are very welcome to join us. We have a small range of bee suits and veils for new-comers, so you can feel safe whilst observing the bees at work. All ages are welcome, however children, please bring your parents along! It is advisable to discuss sensible clothing and footwear prior to your visit please. Our meeting room has a small library, kitchen and pot-bellied stove for those cold winter days.There is very limited parking.

Inspection of the Colonies.

The inspection and management of the colonies is organized in 3 teams, with their respective team leaders. If you are visiting the apiary for the first time you will be invited to join one of the teams, and thereafter may choose according to the planned actions for the day.

Future Plans

A teaching programme for the spring/summer months is now available on this website, so if you are interested, please contact our education officer.We are planning to have disabled access in the near future.

Northern Lights

This is the title of our monthly newsletter which is published to offer updates on the apiary activities, with news and articles for both the new and experienced beekeeper.

We look forward to meeting you, and chatting over a cuppa tea and of course, cake!


An inspection of one of the hives


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