Northumberland Honey Co breeds queens at an isolated queen breeding apiary on the Northumberland/ Cumbria border. Bred to be hard working, easy to work with and disease resistant.


Luke and Suzie are knowledgable bee breeders, striving to improve the honey bee in Northumberland. Undertaking advanced queen breeding techniques with the use of instrumental insemination


They are experienced Beekeepers, members of the Bee Farmers Association and organise Beekeeping Training Courses from taster sessions, through to full day courses. on a day to suit you.


Queens and Bee Colonies are also available for sale throughout the season. From openly mated queens to instrumentally inseminated queens.

Personalised Beekeeping Courses

We offer a range of bespoke, personalised beekeeping courses as below


Taster Session

For those who are undecided whether to take up beekeeping.


1-2 Hours hands on with the bees.


Perfect as a gift, for any budding beekeeper

Introduction to Beekeeping

Full Day Course.


1/2 day theory and 1/2 day practical. Individual tution, ensures you get most out of the day

Queen Rearing & Grafting

For those interested in developing skills in rearing their own queens


Takes place over 2 days, with your own queens to take home at the end of day 2!

Bees & Queen Bees by Northumberland Honey Co

Local queens and bees , pre-order Nucleus Colonies and Package Bees  in time for the 2018 Season


Mated queens available in 2017 upto September



We breed our own queens selecting from the best stock.


We select for disease resistance, hardiness, temperament and honey production. 


Beekeeping should be a pleasure and we work with our queens to ensure it is.


We post queens by special delivery ensuring they reach you in the best possible condition.


We have both mated and virgin queens available at competitive prices

Nucleus Colonies & Package Bees

We produce, proven Over Wintered 6 Frame Nucleus Colonies available from March - April, headed by queens bred in the last year. 


In Summer we offer newly established 6 frame nucleus colonies headed by a newly mated Northumberland Honey Queen. 


We also offer 1.5kg Packages of Bees with Queen, ideal for installing into foundation less hives such as Top Bar Hives.


Instrumental Inseminated Queens

We use advanced breeding techniques such as Instrumental Insemination to assist with our breeding programme. 


We offer some of these queens for sale to assist other beekeepers in their breeding programmes. 


These queens also come with a guarantee for 1 year against becoming drone layers

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Please contact us with any enquiries or if you’d like to arrange a visit to our meadery / tasting room. Unit 7A / 7E Haltwhistle Industrial Estate Haltwhistle Northumberland NE49 9HA Tel: 07752534953 / Meadery: 01434 322 981 Email us at Copyright © 2016 Northumberland Honey Co