Join us for Easter Holiday fun with hives to honey at National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

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Drop in every day and visit THE HIVE activity area at the Land Gallery window. Dress up as a bee or a beekeeper in our selfie zone, check out some of the equipment beekeepers use and read up on bee facts in our story corner. You can also see our new beehive from the window viewing area and adopt your own bee! Don’t forget to explore the site with our new bee trail, available from the ticket desk.

Learn more about our new beehive and honey bees through our varied programme of family workshops and drop-in crafts and games. Meet our entomology curator or chat to local beekeepers and other bee experts. See below for more information about what is on offer each day, all included in museum admission.

  • Bee, photographed at the Parc du Mont-Royal, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Credit: Pascal Gaudette (Doundounba on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    Bee, photographed at the Parc du Mont-Royal, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Credit: Pascal Gaudette (Doundounba on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • Building chain made of bees Credit: Photo by Maja Dumat - CC BY 2.0

    Building chain made of bees Credit: Photo by Maja Dumat - CC BY 2.0
  • Busy bee in the hedgerow at National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.

    Busy bee in the hedgerow at National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride.
  • Tasting honey at National Museum of Rural Life © Steve Lindridge

    Tasting honey at National Museum of Rural Life © Steve Lindridge
  • B0007642 Honey Bee Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0,

    B0007642 Honey Bee Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images, available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0,

Drop-in activities

Buzzy Bee Bonanza

Sat 1, Sun 2, Sat 8 & Sun 9 April
14:30 – 15:15 (drop in, Picnic Field)

Join our Buzzy Bee Bonanza game as we find out which hive is the best! Race against other bees to get as much pollen as you can back to your hive before our timer runs out.

Bumble Bee Conservation Trust

Sun 2 April 12:00 – 16:00 (drop in)

Meet Lisa from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust to learn more about bumble bees, the varieties of bees in Britain, why they are so important and how we can help protect them.

Bee Mobile

Tue 4 & Mon 10 April
11:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (drop in)

Join artist Lorraine Mackie and get inspired by the bee illustrations in our special collections. Create your own honeycomb bee window decoration to take home.

Meet our Entomologist

Thu 6 & Sat 8 April
12:00 – 15:00 (drop in)

Our assistant curator Ashleigh Whiffin will be showing visitors a selection of specimens from our insect collection, explaining why the museum collects insects and bugs and why they are so important for the environment.

Honey Tasting

Fri 7 & Fri 14 April
12:00 – 15:00 (drop in)

Find out more about the journey of honey, from bee to jar, and taste the results with Plan Bee LTD.

Meet the Beekeepers

Sun 9 April
12:00 – 16:00

Meet Lanarkshire Beekeepers and the Scottish Beekeeping Association and find out more about their work supporting bees and beekeepers in Scotland for over 100 years.

Workshops

Printmaking workshop

Mon 3 & Tue 11 April
11:30 & 13:30 (1 hour, sign up on the day)

Join artist Lorraine Mackie for a fun printmaking workshop inspired by our new beehive.

Waggle Dance workshop

Tue 4, Thu 6, Mon 10 & Wed 12 April
11:30 & 13:30 (45 mins, sign up on the day)

Find out more about how honey bees communicate to one another to spread the word that pollen has been found and get down with YDance Scotland in our fun family Waggle Dance workshop!

Candle making workshop

Sat 1, Wed 5 & Thu 13 April
11:30 & 13:30 (1 hour, sign up on the day)

Learn all about beeswax and what it can be used for. Using sheets of beeswax create your very own pillar candle to make, decorate and take home.

Magic Carpet storytelling

Sun 9 April
11:00 & 13:00 (30 mins, sign up on the day)

Learn the story of the little seed and how plants and flowers can help our pollinators!


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Header image: Exploring the kitchen garden at Wester Kittochside farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

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Event information

When

1 Apr - 14 Apr 2017

Where

National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

How much

Included in museum admission.

Booking information

Our child friendly activities are designed with families in mind.

You are welcome to see which is the most suitable for your little ones though younger visitors will need assistance from parents or carers to complete some tasks.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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