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About the Project

"March of the Bees" is a project aimed at community involvement awareness and education about bees. The aim is to target young people, schools, families and community groups, to raise interest and awareness about the current decline, problems and issues facing bees and what can be done locally and at home to help. The project will be educational but will have a highly creative and fun focus.

Workshop activities will be held each week day to be concluded with the “March of the Bees “parade and a “Bee Tea Party” on the Saturday.

Join us on Saturday the 7th of July at 12noon for face painting and stalls in the Roland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University. Parade starts at 1pm Roland Levinsky Building finishing at the Jigsaw garden in town for the "Bee Tea Party".


  • Workshop location: Plymouth City Library
  • Daily Workshop Sessions run from 10am – 3pm Monday 2nd to Friday 6th
  • Information workshop will start at 10am
  • Creative activities will follow where children will be split into groups to work on each activity. The creative activities will run for around 30 minutes and groups will rotate.
Information Sessions

Each day schools, community groups and families will be invited to join an information session.

The information workshop will give details on bee biology and ecology, why they are in trouble, why they are so important and what can be done to help them both at home and in the local community.

Creative Sessions

Following the information session there will be a creative session where people can get involved with:

  • Creating bee puppets and masks made from recycled material.
  • Create banners with information about different bees, what problems they are having and what people can do to help.
  • Create musical instruments out of rubbish for a junk band for the parade; these would include shakers, kazoos, drums, rattles and other percussion instruments. An easy beat will be taught to be repeated during the parade with guidance from local musicians.
  • Learn a simple bee dance to be done at the conclusion of the parade choreographed by a local dance performer and teacher.

Children will be encouraged to dress up as bees and attend the Parade and Tea Party on Saturday July 7th, parents will be informed and encouraged to attend.

Parade & Tea Party

  • Parade location: Starting in the Crossway @ the Rowland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University, the parade will go around Plymouth city centre ending at the Jigsaw Garden for the “Bee Tea Party”.
    • Saturday 7th : “March of the Bees” Parade
      Parade activities will start at 12am where people can come and learn about the bees and get their faces painted.
    • Parade will commence at 1pm.

    People will be encouraged to dress up as a bee and have their faces painted. All the puppets and banners will be used and paraded around Plymouth city centre with the bee band playing a beat for the marching dancing bees.

    Tea Party

    The conclusion of the “March of the Bees” parade will be a “Bee Tea Party” with all treats made by participants and donations from local companies. Bees are responsible for pollinating about 70 crops here in the UK.

    Bellow is a list of foods that need pollination worldwide.

    Cocoa (chocolate!), all berries, melon, nuts, kiwifruit, papaya, coconut, lemon, lime, oranges, fig, soybeans, palm, flax, apple, mango, passion fruit, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, sesame, vanilla, sunflowers, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflowers, mustard, cabbage, cucumber, squash, courgette, carrot, avocado, beans, pears, tea and coffee.

    Food fed to cows like alfalfa and clover also needs pollination, so all beef, cheese, milk, yoghurt, ice cream!

    Some vegetable crops will produce a harvest without bees (cabbages, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and mustard) but we need the bees to pollinate the plant to make the seeds.

    (This list includes some foods that may be pollinated by bees, flies, wasps, moths and butterflies).

    We welcome participants to bring along a delicious dish or some tasty juice to the "Bee Tea Party" on Saturday 7th July.

    If you would like to be involved please contact us using the form below.

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