About Us

Paynes was started in 1922 by Fred Payne. With just a few hundred hives, he became well known in the beekeeping world, selling honey to the Local shops and helping many other beekeepers.

Since then, the business has grown and still family run with around 1500 hives spread across the Sussex Downs and now supplying shops and outlets across the uk with their range of honeys and beeswax products.

Paynes has become well known for their range of poly hives, since introducing the mainstream UK beekeeping market to them in 2009.   As avid users themselves of polyhives, switching over from the traditional wooden hives to the more modern material, they have seen firsthand the benefits for the bees.  Paynes remain committed to offering the best in poly hives that the UK market can offer and has continued to improve and increase the range of poly products available for the beekeeper over the years.

Poly hives are just part of the offering, with over 5000sq/ft of Warehouse space and a large shop floor, everything a beekeeper may need can be found, whether that is a new beesuit and hive tool, or the latest treatments to keep your bees healthy.  There is also plenty of advice to be had for beginners and the more seasoned beekeepers too, with most shop staff being avid beekeepers or beefarmers themselves.   As a fully working, commercial beefarm, we use the same equipment as we sell in the shop and online so you know that what we sell is well tested in a proper outdoor use and what we consider good value for the money.

Based in Hassocks, Sussex, Visitors are always more than welcome to visit the shop and stock up on beekeeping supplies, the tasty selection of honeys, jams and marmalades are also on show.