Frequently Asked Questions...

What do we need to wear for our visit to Mrs Burney’s Bee Club?

Bee suits and gloves will be provided for you. You will need to wear loose fitting trousers as some of our bee suits are jackets only. Please also wear boots that go above the ankle, wellies are ideal. If you have long hair or a fringe you may want to bring something to keep it out of your eyes. Bees are extremely sensitive to smell so it is advisable not to wear very strong perfume or aftershave.

What happens if my child is stung?

Mrs Burney is fully paediatric first aid trained.

Please take the time to fill out the medical information form prior to your visit. No one will be allowed to go to the hives unless we have their completed medical form. We have a full safety briefing before entering the apiary and if all participants follow this advice, we hope that there will not be any stinging incidents. However, if someone is stung, we have procedures to follow which will be explained to you during your visit. Most stings only result in temporary pain, swelling, redness and itching. Within easy reach in the shed we have first aid equipment including ice packs and Piriton (which will only be given with written permission from a parent or guardian). Our emergency procedure is also displayed in the shed which we would use in the very rare event of someone reacting badly to a sting.

How can I get involved in Mrs Burney’s Bee Club CIC?

We are looking for volunteers to help with Mrs Burney’s Bee Club CIC and we do not just need beekeepers. We know there is so much talent in Croydon and beyond so if you have any of the following skills and have some spare time to help please get in touch via the email below – gardening, photography, accountancy, knowledge about wildlife and pollinators, working with children, or anything else you would like to offer!

Where are you based?

We are based at Fryland’s Wood Scout Outdoor Centre on Featherbed Lane near Forestdale in Croydon. You can find out more about them and the amazing work they do here: The centre has ample free parking. If you are planning to travel by public transport see the map here.

Are sessions supervised?

All Junior Bee Club sessions are supervised by a trained beekeeper and another adult. One member of staff will be fully paediatric first aid trained and all staff will have the relevant DBS checks and safeguarding training.

What facilities do you have for disabled people?

We are passionate about providing our service for anyone who wants to take part and therefore if you or your child has a disability and would like to visit Mrs Burney’s Bee Club we would love to accommodate you. Please give us details of the disability on our consent form and we can liase with you to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible.