East Riddlesden Hall to feature live beehives

Shelley Hollingdrake (left), of East Riddlesden Hall, looks on as Airedale Beekeepers Association secretary Sue Chatfield and committee member Suzanne Starling (right) display a frame from a ‘virtual hive’ and a jar of honey

Shelley Hollingdrake (left), of East Riddlesden Hall, looks on as Airedale Beekeepers Association secretary Sue Chatfield and committee member Suzanne Starling (right) display a frame from a ‘virtual hive’ and a jar of honey

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Staff at a local tourist attraction are buzzing with excitement in anticipation of tens of thousands of bees making it their home.

The Airedale Beekeepers Association is waiting for the weather to improve before members move ten hives, each of which can contain up to 60,000 bees, to a specially-created educational apiary at East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley.

The feature will allow the public to visit the hives and see firsthand how honey is produced.

Currently based in East Morton, the keepers have been looking for somewhere they can make their work more open to the public.

Shelley Hollingdrake, of the National Trust which runs the hall, said: “We have been busy making sure it will be safe for visitors – it will be a fantastic visitor experience.

“The beekeepers were looking for a more secure site and being here they will have access to the hall’s facilities.

"The Trust thought of how the hall would have been used in the past, and they would have had hives on site to make honey for the workers.”

There will also be beekeepers courses on offer.

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