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Equipment supplies

Hello Beekeepers!

There are many manufacturers of beekeeping equipment in the UK and abroad; a wide choice is available.

Below is a list of suppliers of beekeeping equipment, that have some recommendations from Tavistock Beekeepers members; mostly based here in the southwest.

The list is by no means comprehensive and changes all the time, if you would like to be added to the list please e-mail us via the contacts page – WebBee

Most suppliers will now deliver anywhere, so it is suggested when buying equipment you consult your local beekeeping branch members for their recommendations, this will help you make the best purchasing decisions and avoid buying too many unnecessary beekeeping gadgets! – WebBee

beehivesuppBee Hive Supplies provides a robust original design of polystyrene hive and parts; they also provide other beekeeping equipment, suits, tools, frames, and other related equipment.

“Bee Hive Supplies is based in Cornwall and is the choice for British National poly hives and beekeeping supplies. We provide high quality, affordable beekeeping equipment, clothing and accessories with an unbeatable service.”

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National Bee Supplies  sells a large selection of beekeeping equipment for the novice and the commercial beekeeper, hives of most types, parts and suits, as well as foundation, feed and bee medicaments.

“Bill and Paula Stevens are the hands-on owners of the company and head up a dedicated and experience team.  Every member of staff at National Bee Supplies “knows their stuff” when it comes to keeping bees.  Bill  is an experienced beekeeper and bee farmer who, like the rest of the team, will be delighted to help and assist with advice whenever you need it.”

BBwear is a family run business based in the UK, founded in 2000 by Belinda and Michael Bright.

Belinda has been working in the manufacturing industry since 1986, and has 10 years experience as a retail manager for a large company. Michael previously worked in textile design and production since 1993. With their combined experience, they saw the opportunity to develop a range of British made protective clothing for beekeepers. BBwear clothing is now sold all over the world and we are considered as a market leader.



Cornwall Honey Beekeeping Supplies provides a large range of traditional Beekeeping supplies including wooden hives, parts and traditional beekeeping equipment; it also runs courses.

“At Heather Bell Honey Bees we are full time professional bee keepers and bee breeders with a long established business – we know what works in practice for us and our bees. We sell the same equipment as we use ourselves so you can be assured of practical and qualified advice.”


paynesPaynes Bee farm provides a large selection of beekeeping equipment, from hives and suits to hives, tools and other items. They sell candle making equipment and Bees as Queens and complete hives.

“Paynes was started in 1922 by Fred Payne. With just a few hives, he became well known in the beekeeping world, selling honey to the Local shops and helping many other beekeepers.Since then, the business has grown and still family run with many hundreds of hives spread across the Sussex Downs and now supplying shops and outlets across the uk.” Thorne sell a wide range of Beekeeping supplies and bee related products, Hives, tools, suits, frames and other items. They also sell wax, honey extraction equipment and Bees, in either Nucs or full Hives.

“We have been manufacturing beekeeping equipment for 100 years and are justifiably proud of the quality of our products and the service we offer.”

A more Comprehensive list of national suppliers is here below. – WebBee

B J Sherriff
The UK’s finest manufacturer & supplier of beekeepers protective clothing since 1968. Specialising in the production of our original design apiarists’ protective range incorporating the world renowned ‘SHERRIFF’ design hood. For full range visit:

Bee Basic Ltd
Easing the sting by supplying good value equipment at sensible prices.

Beechwood Bees
Providing quality and affordable beekeeping equipment is what we are all about here at Beechwood Bees.

Bee Hive Supplies
Supplying British National high density polystyrene beehives and a range of beekeeping equipment

Bee Proof Suits
Advanced, high quality beekeepers’ protective clothing.

Blue Bell Hill Apiaries
Kents leading supplier of honey and beekeeping Equipment. Help always available from experienced bee farmer.

C Arden (Bookseller)
 C Arden (Bookseller): We sell new, second hand and antiquarian books on all aspects of bees and beekeeping. We carry a stock of around 250 different titles and issue bee and beekeeping book catalogues once or twice a year. We are always interested in purchasing large or small collections and can travel to view. Catalogues available free of charge.

Labour-saving brood box. Inspections without lifting.

EH Thorne
Offering a wide range of beekeeping equipment.

Fragile Planet Ltd
Driving prices down, keeping quality up. Fragile Planet provides inexpensive, high quality bee keeping equipment.

Freeman & Harding

Freeman & Harding, Packaging Specialists. Honey jars, buckets and more.

Maisemore Apiaries
Manufacturers and suppliers of all beekeeping equipment, bottled and bulk honey.

Modern Beekeeping

On-line supplier of a wide range of beekeeping equipment and  the UK’s largest supplier of high density polystyrene beehives.

National Bee Supplies
The finest quality Wester Red Cedar Bee Hives made in Devon combined with service as it should be.

Peak Hives
Specialist local producer of high quality hand-made beehives using timber from local sawmills.

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