Why we should pay homage to the humble bee

WHAT do Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman have in common?

The answer? They are named among the world’s top celebrity bee-keepers.

Given the focus on the environment and saving the planet, the humble bumble bee should be a global celebrity in its own right, such is its importance to the world’s ecosystem.

World Bee Day, which takes place with events around the globe in May every year, helps promote and celebrate the contribution made by bees.

And there’s the perfect opportunity to pay homage to those all-important bees close to home with a hive of activity on offer at a popular bee centre in Lancashire.

The Bee and Heritage Centre at Samlesbury Hall is the ideal place to head for on Sunday May 19.

Learn how bees have been part of our history for thousands of years, find out how honey is made and discover ways that you can help support and protect our bee population by taking some simple steps of your own.

Staff from the Bee Centre will be on hand to talk about bees, answer questions and deliver ‘bee experiences’.

A special craft fair will also be held on the day, and the on-site shop will be selling the bee centre’s award-winning honey, honey fudge, and candles, as well as beekeeping equipment and other bee-themed products. Entry and parking are free.

While at the bee centre, take the opportunity to visit the majestic Samlesbury Hall, with its magnificent manor house and gardens, and enjoy refreshments in its famous Wafflery.

Adults can continue the bee theme and enjoy a glass of Samlesbury Hall’s award-winning Sunshine Gin featuring honey from bees at the Bee Centre, as part of the hall’s popular Cuckoo Gin range.

Or make your visit an even more memorable adventure and stay overnight in one of Samlesbury Hall’s amazing Shepherd’s Huts.

To find out more go to or phone 01254 812010.

World Bee Day Facts

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, play an important role in agriculture because without them many plants, including many food crops, wouldn’t be able to reproduce.

A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.

The number of bees has declined dramatically over the past few decades, due to factors including pesticides and insecticides, land-use change and invasive insects.

World Bee Day is observed on May 20 because it is the birthday of Anton Janša, a famous Slovenian apiarist who is known as a pioneer of modern apiculture and a great expert in beekeeping.