Everyone’s buzzing about World Bee Day at top attraction

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 www.samlesburyhall.co.uk 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.

Editor’s notes

Samlesbury Hall is a magnificent, half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home. The Hall is beautifully maintained for the enjoyment of today's visitors and sits just five minutes east of junction 31 of the M6.

The current building and grounds are administered by a registered charity known as the Samlesbury Hall Trust (Charity number 526052), whose aim is to preserve the Hall for the people of the area and visitors to Lancashire.

The Trust was founded in the 1920s when the Hall was about to be demolished. Since then the Hall has been a museum and Gallery, and host to many grand functions.

The Hall is open to the public every day, except Saturdays and occasional Fridays, when it is closed for weddings.

On this site today, you will discover an ancient, magnificently preserved manor house and gardens, with a colourful history and a wide-ranging programme of year-round events and activities.

The bee and heritage centre is open thanks to funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, which has distributed more than £20m of Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grants support to community and environmental projects which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire since its start in 1998. The fund is supported financially by SITA UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council and various third party funders.

This press release was circulated on behalf of Samlesbury Hall by 32West. If you have any enquiries please call 07444 022038 or 01229 808306.

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