Join us on our award winning, organic farm for a fun introduction to beekeeping...
"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
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.
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.
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 - specifically the strain we care for here on the farm - and it’s fascinating history. 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.
THE BEES KNEES: 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
THIS WORKSHOP IS TAUGHT BY JEZ
Jez heads up Bees & Co. from our small, award-winning farm on the Lincolnshire-Cambridgeshire border. Keeping bees for some of the most iconic brands in Britain, Jez and his team care for bees and provide honey to hotels, restaurants, stately homes and businesses across the UK. Having learnt from some of the most widely-respected and experienced bee farmers and bee keepers, Jez is an ethical, artisan beekeeper, passionate about encouraging more people to discover the exciting and beneficial hobby of keeping bees. Currently completing Master Beekeeper studies with Cornell University, he is also co-lead on a native British bee breeding programme and invited to talk worldwide on honeybees and beekeeping.
OUR COURSES 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 an exclusive £15 discount code for beekeeping suits in our store, made by B.J. Sherriff - the leading supplier of beekeeping clothing.
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, use promo code ECO10 to save £10! You'll need to show us your train ticket, taxi receipt (or bicycle!) when you arrive.
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: Places are strictly limited and sell out every year so please do book early to avoid disappointment.