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Apiarist – Khaki *BEST SELLER – 53 years*

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From: £259

Product Description

Our Apiarist beekeeping suit, the ‘Original’ is without compare and first designed by B J Sherriff in 1968  and has been our **Best Seller** ever since.

As worn by TV’s Monty Don from Gardeners World, Kate Humble at Wye Valley Mead to name but a few…

The Apiarist offers extremely good overall protection for both new and experienced beekeepers being made of a fine weave smooth finish quality polyester cotton which is both lightweight and robust – the smooth finish enables bees to rest on fabric and fly away again without getting their feet caught in fabric fibres.

Whether you are a novice beekeeper or a professional the Apiarist offers a very high level of security. Our work wear comes in a variety of sizes which are designed to be roomy to fit over regular clothing  – to ascertain the correct size please use our conversion chart with videos on how to measure for your perfect fit.

Our unique ClearView™ veiling has been designed for perfection in viewing and is also lightweight and airy and is unique to BJ Sherriff.

Our S36. Apiarist beekeeping suit is the item of beekeepers protective safety wear that has been the most tried and tested. We created our Khaki colour which is dyed especially for us for use by beekeepers pollinating the kiwi fruit at night in New Zealand. The beekeepers were wearing white suits and the honey bees were attracted to the white colour in the moonlight. It comes with a recommendation endorsed by thousands of beekeepers, professionals and hobbyists alike and is the only garment on the market today which has BJ Sherriff’s unique ClearView™ face net which gives near perfect viewing and makes all the difference when looking at your bees. Unlike copies of our hood design we don’t use square screen mesh but our researched purpose made veiling specifically for beekeepers to see through.

Known as the LongLife suit due to the exceptional overall quality fabric and sturdy construction with the clearest veil on the market today – it offers you excellent vision and more enjoyable beekeeping. The perfect choice for your apiary needs.  

Khaki is also a good camouflage colour and is less likely to show the dirt – although we advocate washing your suit on a regular basis to avoid the transmission of bee diseases.

The Apiarist comprises a roomy boiler suit/coverall with drop sleeves and robust central vertical zip. Hood is completely detachable by means of our BJ Sherriff’s Twin-zip system, or removed completely for easy laundering.

The hood can be thrown back when not in use to rest lightly on shoulders. Features: the easy pull zips at collar, front and ankles are tough.

Extra strength stitching, elasticated back waist and ankles, thumb loop to retain cuff in position, velcro flapped breast pockets (pen pocket), roomy hip/thigh pockets, hive tool pocket and EPIPEN pouch, key ring clip in lower pocket to keep house and car keys safe. Fabric: luxury hard wearing polycotton that won’t shrink or fade.

Veil: BJ Sherriff’s sturdy ClearView™ black nylon mesh for excellent visibility and protection.

NEW: now with wide elastic cuffs at wrist with strong velcro adjuster.

5 year Warranty on all zips

15 years average lifespan

Should you feel your order is urgent or you need help with sizing please email

NB: To maximise your overall protection, twin with our WBT Wellington boots/APV ankle protectors and glove selection, GL2, GL3, BGL. NB Sherriff’s recommend that regular clothing be worn under this product which is classifed as workwear.

Customers tell us

Once you’ve had a Sherriff suit there really isn’t any comparison “need to make sure the suit is a Sherriff as heard they are the best” P.Stanley, Ireland

“I have a savage hive & they beat against my face in vain. I am very grateful for your suit, quite the best for my shoulder limitations.” Kind regards E. Dimock, Somerset

 ”I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I’m not entirely sure how many Sherriff suits I own!  What I can say is that the first one I purchased is still going strong. Great kit!” B. Maurer - UK

“Although Sherriff suits are on the costly side – you do really get what you pay for – and my first now in its third year at least and is still in almost new condition apart from a few heavy stains and that is after almost daily washes as I wash my suit after each use. Speak to Sherriff before you buy to ensure correct size or pop over I have a few different sizes for my family- Also when you order on line you get a quality pair of gloves for free which normally cost £20 plus. If the full suit is not for you I can also recommend a Rustler Jacket which is just the upper body protection, I use this for a quick visit.” Regards Simon Croson,



Responsibly manufactured solely by B J Sherriff in the Southwest of England using ethically sourced materials and components within the UK.

Cant’s find your size? Please call UK + 44 (0) 1872 863304 / email:

Additional Information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 50 x 42 x 10 cm