Bees and blooms at Hughenden

Join the house, garden and countryside teams in celebrating all things bees and blooms this May with talks, walks and events to enjoy. Wed 1 - Fri 31 May

All about bees

Early spring flowers in the gardens and woodlands are a valuable form of forage as Hughenden’s bees get active again after their winter slowdown. With four gardens, formal parkland and ancient woodlands to explore, the Hughenden estate is a haven for beneficial insects like bees. And with a dedicated apiary at the end of the parterre there is always a lot going on as the bee season begins.

Our resident volunteer beekeepers are running events throughout May that reveal more about the wonderful world of bees. See a hive up close, try out specialist equipment such as honey extractors and smokers and buy some hive products including beeswax candles and honey made on site to take home.

Meet the Beekeepers - Mon 6 & 27 May - visit the information stand by the apiary and find out more about the beekeepers work

All About Bees - Wed 15 May - join a workshop to explore the world of bees and beekeeping and get up close to the hives

Gardens and countryside in bloom

In the formal garden, the new parterre bedding displays will be planted out between 20-24 May featuring strong colours attractive to pollinators with orange, reds and blue. In the walled garden, the herbaceous borders and vegetable plots feature bee-friendly plants and the pear and apple orchard blossoms are buzzing with bees. They offer pretty spots for a sit down to soak up the May sunshine and enjoy the displays, and they’re favourite spots for the bees and insects too.

Our garden guides are on hand to share the secrets of Hughenden’s gardens and to point out the best bee-friendly blooms. Take the chance to chat to the propagation teams in the glasshouses and find out more about the work that goes on to create the stunning displays.

In the countryside, our Woodcock Walk takes you amongst the carpets of bluebells, wood sorrel and anenomes. In the German Forest follow the line of the woods and meander along south-facing banks where pale yellow primroses, white lesser celandines and pink-flowered ground ivy colonise the warm soil.

Ranger Walk - Woodland Wildflowers - Thu 9 May. Join our countryside team on a guided walk through the woods to spot the bee-friendly plants of the forest floor.

Disraeli's bee books

In the Manor is a special display of bee-related books from Disraeli’s collection.  Many focus on economic theory and practice and use the image of the worker bee as an analogy for ideas and principles within the field. Look out for the beautiful beehive illustration in 'The Bee', published in 1819.

Half Term buzzy bees

This half term we've got fun activities for children to help them learn all about bees whilst they explore the grounds. There's Connie's Bee Trail from Mon 27 - Sun 2 Jun, a Mini Meet the Bees experience on Wed 29 May and fun Bee Crafts on Fri 31 May.

Children painting at Hughenden

May half term at Hughenden

Get buzzing at Hughenden this half-term with crafting activities, meet the beekeepers and trail trackers. Time to get outdoors!

Event Information

For all Hughenden events go to the What's On section for prices, information and booking details: