If you've ever wanted to keep bees, join us to discover everything you need to know on this fun, one day, interactive workshop. From hives to honey, we’ll teach everything you need to know about how to care for and keep honeybees in an ethical and sustainable way.
"What a great introduction to beekeeping - everything has been well thought out, the hosts are friendly and welcoming, pizza, a beautiful garden, honey tasting, a bee quiz and you get to wear a beekeepers outfit." David
Our hugely popular Beekeeping for Beginners workshop includes all the essential information you need to leave you confident about one of the most enjoyable (and oldest!) natural hobbies. The day begins at 10am and runs to approximately 4pm, here on our farm on the Lincolnshire-Cambridgeshire border, just 4 minutes from Market Deeping, and 18 minutes from Peterborough and Stamford train stations.
CONFIDENCE IN KEEPING BEES
We'll have welcome refreshments ready for when you arrive and, after a quick opportunity to say hello to your fellow workshop students, it's time for the fun to begin:
THE BEE BASICS: our day begins in the barn learning about the honeybee and the many strains available. You'll learn basic bee biology; how honeybee colonies work and communicate; the life cycle of a colony; and the essentials to best understand the honeybee and their behaviour, and why it matters.
BEEKEEPER: discover, and try for yourself, the equipment beekeepers use to care for their colonies and learn about some of the many different types of bee hives - and how to find out which is best for you. You'll learn some of the most common diseases to look out for, as well as the most effective prevention methods; how to care for honeybees day to day; which plants help support their population; and of course, how to harvest honey!
DISCOVER:how honey is made, and taste a wide range of different types of honey from different pollen sources, each as unique in flavour as the landscape the bees have foraged on.
MEET THE BEES: we don't like spending too much time in the classroom, so as soon as possible it'll be time to try on your bee suit and meet our bees! We'll provide everything you need, and guide you through how to safely, confidently and calmly work with these remarkable insects. You will be shown how to approach and open the hive, recognise the different types of bee (including how to spot the queen) and we’ll explain what they are doing in different parts of the hive as it happens.
TOUR: one of our team will lead you through the almost entirely pollinator-friendly gardens we have created, and explain how and why we have planted the way we have here at the farm, with bees and pollinators in mind. Then it's time to get back to the hives to put everything we've learnt into practice.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice on keeping bees, throughout the day.
“A huge thank you for the fabulous course. It was such a privilege to spend a day with someone who is so knowledgeable and passionate about their subject, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a learner. I so admire your approach and the ethics behind it and came away feeling completely inspired.” Jane
OUR WORKSHOPS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE
We'll provide you with everything you need, including: locally sourced, home grown and organic refreshments; an organic pizza lunch cooked in our outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven; and bee keeping suits for the day. You'll leave with plenty of notes and resources, including access to our exclusive beekeeping Facebook group and a 50% discount on our online beekeeping masterclass.
Bring a pair of wellies or sturdy boots with you, but please do not wear perfume or cologne as strong scents can cause problems for the bees. Do not drink alcohol the evening prior to attending. All delegates will be required to sign a declaration in order to take part in the day’s activities. Suitable for ages 16+.
100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
We like to run our workshops fairly and honestly. Your booking secures a very limited place, so is non-refundable - if you can’t make it, you can send a friend or colleague instead. If at the end of any of our workshops you haven't enjoyed yourself and don’t believe that it has helped you to achieve what it set out to, we will gladly refund you 100% of the price you paid.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We are actively trying to help the environment, so all workshop confirmations and supporting information will be emailed to you, including a reminder the week before the workshop with details and directions to the farm.
HELP US TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
If you're able to car share, use public transport (we're just 18 minutes from Peterborough and Stamford train stations), cycle or have an electric car, please do.
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: Places are strictly limited and sell out every year so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
Every person taking part in any activity provided by Bees & Co. is required to read and complete this text. Booking of this activity assumes your acceptance of this disclaimer.
You are accepting that you have read and understood all of the information and risks associated with the activities on site at Bees & Co.
All participants must listen to all safety briefings and instructions before taking part in any activities. You must NOT partake in any activity if you do not feel you have understood the briefings and/or instructions. If you require more assistance please do not hesitate to ask a member of Bees & Co. team and/or your instructor.
All participants must obey all instructions given by Bees & Co. team at all times. Bees & Co. reserves the right to terminate any activity immediately if we feel that participants are not following instructions.
Strictly no alcohol or non-prescription drugs are to be consumed before or during any activity. If we deem that you are under the influence of any altering substance, you will not be permitted to take part in any activities.
All protective equipment provided for you including head veils must be worn for the duration of the activity.
All borrowed equipment must remain on site and returned to the designated area after use. The equipment remains the property of Bees & Co. and in the event of any damage being caused to the equipment through fault of the user, the participant is liable to pay for the repair/replacement.
All participants must understand that bees are a wild insect and their behaviour cannot be guaranteed. Whilst all efforts are made to safeguard our delegates from such dangers, accidents and injuries can happen. In agreeing to take part in this activity, you are acknowledging these dangers and agree to take part at your own discretion.
Bees & Co. is not liable for damage or loss to persons or property however incurred.
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