Discover some fascinating facts about bees and bee creative by taking part in a competition to design a new beehive enclosure.

First, find out more about bees by watching our videos. You’ll also learn what an innovation process looks like and how bees and their beehives are included in this.

Watch our bee videos here:

Introduction to Keep Calm, Innovate and Bee Yourself from Ronan


A talk about Bees from Bruno (York & District Beekeepers Association)


A talk on the innovation process and what it looks like from Antonio (Nestle)


Useful information on the Competition from Antonio



If you go to school in York, you can also enter our design competition. We’re looking for innovative ideas for Nestlé’s new beehive enclosure fence and can’t wait to see your designs. Why not take part in the competition with a group of friends and work together to complete your design? Nestlé will choose the winning teams by 31 July 2021. You can find out more here.

Keep Calm, Innovate and Bee Yourself is presented by York Cares in partnership with Nestlé and the York & District Beekeepers Association. As part of York Festival of Ideas, they will also be taking part in an Ask the Experts session on Friday 4 June at 2pm. Why not join us then?

About the presenters

York Cares

York Cares matches the skills and expertise of employers and their employees to community projects where they can have most impact. Our tried and tested programmes deliver tangible benefits for local people as well as workforce development opportunities for employers. Located at the University of York, some of our projects are co-delivered by employers and university student volunteers, who pool their time and energy, business experience and expertise to make a positive impact on our community.

Nestlé York

Nestlé as a company works to make a positive impact in the communities. Specifically, through this initiative, alongside York Cares. Nestlé wants to contribute to raise awareness on the importance of innovation and the benefits it can bring with it, while setting the ground to educate about bees and their relevance in the food supply chain.

The York & District Beekeepers Association

The York & District Beekeepers Association’s (YDBKA) mission is to provide information about honeybees and other pollinators to the general public. It offers training to people wanting to learn the craft of beekeeping, and supports and shares knowledge with beekeepers at all levels of experience through regular meetings and practical activities.