The Beehive

We have a beautiful women’s second hand clothing shop in the heart of Ashford, but The Beehive is not just any shop…

The Beehive began in 2017, as a pop-up shop in Ashford town centre for the month of October as part of Thousand Hours. The idea was that we wanted to offer a beautiful shopping experience with good quality second-hand clothing, donated from the community; for the community.

At the very heart of The Beehive is a place where women who can’t afford clothing can be referred by local services to come and get clothes for free. The Beehive is not a ‘charity’ shop, it is a place of dignity and beauty where paying customers and referred women, share the very same boutique experience. The only difference is that when the clothes are scanned into the till, our referred women’s total clocks up to £0.

Our aim has always been that every woman who enters our shop is made to feel beautiful, valued, and that they matter and we can’t wait to continue changing lives in Ashford.

The Beehive opened it’s doors permanently in November 2018 and moved to it’s beautiful new location in April 2021.

As well as having beautiful clothes we also have a café where you can sit and enjoy coffee and cake; have a rest and catch your breath. In our new location we also have a workshop room with a whole load of sessions where everyone has a space to thrive. We’d love to see you soon!

For more information about The Beehive, and how you can get involved, check out www.beehiveashford.com, follow the story on Facebook and Instagram, or get in touch at hello@beehiveashford.com. Please contact us on the website to check whether we are currently open for donations.

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Coronavirus update for The Beehive:

To all our wonderful customers

The Beehive has reopened fully now. We are operating a one way system in store, please maintain social distancing whilst browsing the clothes. Masks must be worn in store, unless you are sitting down in the cafe area. Currently our changing rooms are not open, but we are operating a no questions asked, 28 day, return policy. 

Our staff will be washing hands very frequently, and we will be taking extra care to sanitise our door handles, counters, tables and chairs. Please bear with us if things take a little longer. Please remember to sanitise your hands!

Our children’s books and toys are regularly cleaned, however for the meantime we have removed them from use to help keep Covid as far from our little people, and you, as we can.

We would ask you to use contactless payments if possible. Chip and Pin will be sanitised regularly. Please help where possible by taking appropriate rubbish with you.

If you have any symptoms of sickness, we recommend you follow government advice and stay at home. For further details on Ashford Vineyard’s full response to Covid 19 follow this link.

Remember, in all of this to be kind to one another. Thank you all as always for all you love and support, and for your help in these times to do what we can to take care of us all!