Limited Edition Ivy Honey

There is a new addition to the shelves at Quince Honey Farm –and once it’s gone it’s not known if or when it will be back. The ‘limited edition’ ivy honey is the rare product of this year’s milder winter season. Bees do not usually produce enough honey to harvest during the cold months, and many lose a proportion of their colony. But Quince Honey Farm’s Ian Wallace said this year had been so mild, beekeepers had been able to yield a crop of the special ivy honey. Read more about our limited Edition Ivy Honey > North Devon Gazette   OR   Daily Telegraph  To order some Ivy Honey please give us a ring on 01769 572401 or pop in to the shop (while stocks last)  ...

Have you spotted any PINK hives? In support of local breast cancer charities

Have you spotted any PINK hives? In support of local breast cancer charities PINK beehives have been popping up around North Devon thanks to a collaboration between Quince Honey Farm and two breast cancer charities. We have teamed up with Lisa Wallis who recently set up her charity, ChemoHero, and Heather Walters who is fundraising to set up a new cancer support centre in North Devon. As a result, the pink beehives can be seen around the area as a mark of support for the charities, and Quince Honey Farm will also be donating 50p to the charities for every customer who visits the farm over Easter. Look out for the hives near Roundswell and along the A361 North Devon link road.   Read more here      ...

Easter holiday fun!

We have lots going on this Easter holidays, with free chocolate for every child and a visit from the Easter bunny over the Easter weekend!  There will be something different happening everyday throughout the holiday as well as the usual daily activities such as guided tours of BeeWorld, talks, critter encounters, candle rolling, honey tasting and much more! For the first time we are doing beekeeping demos – allowing visitors to get even closer to the bees so everyone can see and experience beekeeping first hand. There’s nothing quite like the sound and smell of a beehive! Plus the kids can burn off some steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas while you enjoy a Devonshire cream tea with honey in the café. There will be special offers on in the shop where you can taste and purchase some delicious honeys. Make a Bee-Line for Quince Honey Farm this Easter!            ...

Paddy Wallace awarded a Master of Excellence in bee farming

Owner and beekeeper as Quince Honey Farm has been recognised as a Master of Excellence in bee farming. Paddy Wallace was presented his certificate by the Lord Mayor of London Alderman, The Lord Mountevans at a glittering ceremony at Fishmongers’ hall on London Bridge on Monday, Febuary 15. Upon receiving his award Paddy said: ‘It is such a great honour and it has been a very humbling experience’. He was born in 1953 and has been beekeeping in some form since he was old enough to make beehive frames and extract honey on his father’s honey farm. Paddy joined forces with his father and together they created the largest bee farm in the country. He spent his winter months designing and building the world’s first mechanically operated opening hives. Quince Honey Farm became a tourist attraction offering people the opportunity to see honey processing first hand and to actually see inside beehives. Paddy’s contribution to beekeeping has also been recognised by the Livery Companies Skills Council which has helped the Bee Farmers Association set up its world class apprenticeship scheme. The Court of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, one of the sponsors of the apprenticeship scheme, voted unanimously that Paddy Wallace should be awarded a Masters certificate.   Paddy Wallace photographed here with the Lord Mayor of London Alderman, The Lord...

Inspiring women 2016

You may have met Verity on your visits to the Critter Cabin, but when she isn’t entertaining our visitors at the farm she has her skates on at Roller Derby!  ‘Roller Derby is a game where everyone falls over- you just have to get back up quickly’!  Verity is a member of the Devon Clotted Screamers; read about them and how Verity got in to the the sport in the ‘RE:Story Inspiring Women issue’.                       Go...