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1st February 2023

Customer review from Paul Spencer

Hi I purchased a Sentinel suit off you at the beginning of last year. I’d like to say it has transformed my confidence and enjoyment of beekeeping. Having kept Bees for several years and worn a standard well known brand of suit I have had several stings every season and been rapidly exhausted by the heat. Last season for the […]
30th January 2023

The British Beekeeping Show

We are really pleased to offer a “£50.00” discount on all Konigin Honey Extractors and machinery at the British Beekeeping show on the the 4th February at NAEC Stoneleigh. Limited availability so be quick, we are accepting pre-orders for collection at the show.    We will also have a “Show Special Offer” on our new range of Top Quality Stainless […]
23rd January 2023

Bee Vital – Some Exciting News!

We are really pleased to announce that we have been appointed an Exclusive U.K. Distribution Partner for BeeVital.
17th January 2023

Welcome to our New Website for 2023

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, after months of work we finally launched. Hope you like it !! There have been quite a few changes and we have added some NEW PRODUCTS. Over next few weeks we have lots more of new, exciting and interesting products to showcase, so please keep an eye out. If […]
10th January 2023

British Beekeeping Show 2023

Please come and join us on Saturday 4th February at this year’s British Beekeeping Show. We’ll be exhibiting our range of Konigin extraction equipment and will have SPECIAL OFFERS on Honey Extractors. We’ll also be exhibiting a wide range range of beekeeping clothing, equipment, tools and consumables, including our exclusive Sentinel Pro II and Queen Bee breathable and sting-proof beekeeping suits and gloves.
9th January 2023

Feature on the BBC News website

‘Virtually sting-proof’ bee suit made after allergy concern. A farmer has developed a “virtually sting-proof” bee suit after a bee-keeping friend suffered a severe allergic reaction after being stung. The Sentinel Pro 3D Bee Suit, created by Ian Roberts, is made from material thicker than the average bee sting. The suit is being used by horticulture students at the National […]
8th January 2023

Massive beehive removed from Oxfordshire church roof

An article on the BBC website featured Andy and Abigail from Tree Bee Society removing a massive colony of bees from a Church roof. Andy and Abigail were wearing our Sentinel Pro beekeeping suit. “A massive colony of bees has been removed from a church after its hive caused the roof to sag and honey to drip down the walls. […]
6th January 2023

Customer review from Mr Joe Lionel on Beekeepity.com

Review from Mr Joe Lionel on Beekeepity.com I am a careful beekeeper. I don’t like stings. In my first year of keeping bees (one colony, split into two by summer’s end) I had zero stings. None. I admit, I wore a smock, hat and veil, gloves, two pairs of jeans, a shirt and a t-shirt. Hey, as I said – […]
5th January 2023

Customer review from Ms Amber Sanchez

Ventilated, Sting Proof Bee Suits – The UltraBreeze or The Sentinel Pro 3D? The dreaded day came last year in June. A sting on the thumb; my fault, shortly followed by shortness of breath and a lump in my throat. My fears were confirmed by the immunology nurse at the hospital. I was allergic. And should give up bees. I […]
30th October 2022

Customer review from Rick westwood

Bought a sentinel full suit last year-Great for my confidence in my first year -I was very impressed by the great service, communication and helpfulness of the staff-so much so that I am about to order the jacket version
7th September 2022

Manual Honey Filling Machine

What a great bit of kit this is 180 jars in one hour, take a look. https://www.oldcastlefarmhives.com/product-category/manual-honey-filler/
24th May 2022

Customer review from Gerhard Thomas

Brand new to beekeeping and the help and advice from Ian is absolutely superb! Not to mention the fantastic service setting me up with a starter kit and extra bits. Thank you again Ian. Top man!
6th May 2022

Introduction to Beekeeping Day.

An Excellent Day had by all, lots of potential Beekeepers here.
1st April 2022

Customer review from Louise

Had to leave a review to say how happy I am with the customer service from Old Castle Farm Hives. I ordered a few items of clothing in the end and have ended up keeping one of the jackets (which I’m really pleased with). The items I’ve sent back were amazing quality but just not the right fit for me. […]
12th March 2022

Customer review from www.blackbeeman.ie

Hi ,I brought one of your hive lifters. Very well made and good quality .I would highly recommend this product. Gone is the heavy lifting of suppers. 130 kg lifting power top job say black bee man .ie Godwin’s
7th March 2022

Customer review from Alicia in Australia

Hi Ian, Just wanted to say thank you. My suit arrived end of last week. I was so surprised as I was expecting a few weeks wait at least. Everything fits great and I will try it out checking the girls this week. You were very helpful and I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Alicia
4th March 2022

Customer review from John Geeden

Brilliant company and great customer service. I had a Konigin extractor break down in the middle of harvest and Ian sent a replacement part out to me by special delivery.
4th March 2022

Customer review from Mark Sines

Bought one recently and very pleased with the suit and the customer service from Ian. Suit fits great and again thank you Ian for your patients when helping me in your shop to get the right size for me.
4th March 2022

Customer review from Verdegris Patina

I love my new bee suit 😁 It’s cool, comfortable… And I match my hives 😂 Thank you so much for the time you took to fit me up with the correct size and talk me through its extensive features. It really is an excellent suit. And it’s good to support a Welsh company too! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
4th March 2022

Customer review from Amber McCormack

MASSIVE thanks to Old Castle Farm Hives for supporting our community garden and apiary at Islington Mill, Salford. We LOVE our Sentinel bee suits – the absolute best on the market! We performed our first hive inspections at Bee Corner last week with volunteers and local residents.
4th March 2022

Customer review from Liz Childerley

Dear OCFH – I just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ for saving me in my hour of ‘extraction’ need. I ordered the screens for my Konigin extractor at 4.30pm and they were with me next day by 11am (a Saturday too!) – the extractor barely stopped turning. Fast and reliable service – thank you very much.
28th February 2022

A New Steam Gas Wax Melting Box

We have been asked by Konigin to offer for sale in UK their Gas Wax Melting Box, and what a bit of kit it is ! Take a look for yourselves.
17th February 2022

Customer review from Dave Thornhill

Fantastic service from Ian at Old Castle Farm Hives. I ordered a new Sentinel Pro II full suit after speaking to him to discuss sizes – I’m 6’4” tall and was surprised that the suit Ian sent me fitted perfectly, and is really comfortable, even with normal clothes underneath. The suit is highly ventilated and of the highest quality of […]
14th January 2022

Sentinel Pro 11 Trousers

Our Sentinel Pro II Trousers  are available in 3 different sizes and 2 colours. The Sentinel Pro II Trousers are made from the same material as our suits, designed to wear over trousers or shorts. They are generously cut and have an elasticated waist with a strong cotton waist tie. They also have the same waterproof knee pads and ankle […]
16th June 2021

Black Bee Designs

It has been a difficult year for most of us and as we all know Beekeepers need a little cheering up from time to time, especially at this time of the year. So, we’ve decided to create a new Buzz with our customers with the introduction of our new our venture BLACK BEE DESIGNS offering a range of Happy & […]
15th May 2021

Customer review from Wayne Yule

I burst 2 zips on my cheap suit and called Ian about ordering 1 is the Sentinel II suits. He was ever so helpful on the phone about correct size etc. I ordered it that night at about 1900 and Ian messaged me the next morning to say it had been shipped and it arrived the next morning. Staying up […]
16th April 2021

Customer review from Mandy G

Sorry this is a long overdue review. I received one of your sentinel bee suits the women’s style Dec/Jan 2020. It has been brilliant, does what it says – no bee stings in the year through the suit. More comfortable to wear than other suits I have had. Washed successfully after helpful advice from yourselves. Thank you – worth the […]
8th March 2021

Pollen Patties Bee Prepared!!

One of the highest concentration of Pollen Patties in the UK, the Honey Bee Pro Pollen available in 1 kg sachets, also in 15 kg boxes, Bee Prepared!! Please visit our online shop to see the full range: https://www.oldcastlefarmhives.com/product-category/feeders-and-bee-feed/  
22nd February 2021

2021 Nucs for sale

After a successful  2020, we are pleased to announce that we will have our Buckfast Nucs available again this year, they will be on 5 frame Nationals (other  frame types may be available) in our own correx boxes, unfortunately collection only from mid to end of March (weather dependent). £25.00 deposit required. We will also have Buckfast Queen’s  available as […]
8th February 2021

National Correx Nuc Box

We are happy to announce that we have created our own one piece correx nuc box, perfect for rearing, splits and swarms. Take a look at the video below to see how to put them together. More information here: https://www.oldcastlefarmhives.com/product/national-correx-nuc-box/ National Correx Nuc Box Assembly  
25th January 2021

Video Review from Dafydd Pett

Thank you kindly to Dafydd Pett at The Welsh Honey Company for the video review of the Sentinel Pro Suit.
25th December 2020

Customer review from Wendy

I have a sentinel custom made suit and I love it! I wore it for 12 hours on the hottest day of the year and I was totally ventilated all day. The breeze I felt through it was great. It is hard wearing and easy to wear. Being fitted to me makes it so comfortable and it moves with me […]
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