In a nutshell
This low-key and pleasant customer centre is a champion for Welsh honeybees, that are more and more underneath menace from local weather change and loss of untamed flower meadows. It raises guests’ consciousness of environmental points and illustrates the four,000-year historical past of beekeeping and honey-making, from the traditional Egyptians by way of the Romans. A Hive Aid scheme permits you to undertake a beehive at certainly one of three places close by, and common programs (from £60pp) practice new generations of beekeepers.
Bees pollinate a few third of every part we eat and play an important function in sustaining our ecosystems. In financial phrases, honeybee pollination could possibly be price as much as £200m to the UK alone.
Hive thoughts … guests study beekeeping on one of many centre’s common programs
Best factor(s) about it
It’s a enjoyable but additionally instructional go to set within the superb countryside of the Conwy Valley. The What’s the Buzz part is nice for primary-school-age youngsters, describing how bees talk with one another: their “waggle dance” – it goes on to clarify – is the best way a bee lets others within the hive know the space to the forage for nectar and its relation to the angle of the solar. Join one of many common apiary excursions to see the honeypot hive up shut.
What about lunch?
Next door is the Furnace Tearoom, a part of the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, which serves gentle bites (toasties and wraps round £four.50) and low. And the Pavilion Restaurant on the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden is close by for cooked meals, together with baked potatoes (£5.25) and every day specials corresponding to native casserole with bread (£5.99), plus espresso and muffins. A stroll across the gardens afterwards reveals bee-friendly vegetation, corresponding to spring heather, lavender and sage. (The National Beekeeping Centre will likely be internet hosting bee-friendly occasions right here for National Meadows Day on Saturday 7 July.)
Exit by the present store?
There is a small vary of items on an apis theme, together with knitted bee toys (£1.99), wood honey twizzlers (£1.99) and a collection of honeys all made by north Wales producers (from £four.95). The bestselling Bodnant honey (£eight) goes quick.
It is simply off the A470 on the Bodnant Estate within the Conwy Valley and 10 minutes from the A55 north Wales coast highway. Follow the brown indicators simply after Bodnant Gardens.
Value for cash?
Yes. Visits and actions for teenagers are free, although donations are welcome. Taster days (from £60) and intensive weekend beekeeping programs (from £145) are held at Abergwyngregyn, 10 miles west down the A55.
Visitor Centre opens every day from 10am-4pm however it’s volunteer-run so telephone forward to test. Expect a buzz across the annual Conwy Honey Fair (13 September 2018).
eight out of 10. A great way to attach children with themes of ecology and, apart from, the bees want us. But the wasps can buzz off.