This workshop is for beginner beekeepers with some experience - ideally you will have your own bees, may have attended our Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop, or be helping to look after bees with someone else.
Since we launched our Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop we have received many requests from delegates wanting to return to the farm to learn more. Our Beekeeping Next Steps Workshop still focuses on fun and enjoyment but takes a more detailed look at how to care for your bees safely, competently and confidently.
BECOMING A BETTER BEEKEEPER
After welcome refreshments and an opportunity to say hello to your fellow workshop students, it's time to get stuck in:
DISEASE:we'll be taking a closer look at the common diseases of the honey bee in much more detail; ensuring you know how to spot, treat and prevent them in your own bees with the various efficacious methods available. Using a combination of exclusive photos, videos and our own experience, we'll share practical methods of controlling disease and what to do when disease presents.
BEEKEEPER: beekeeping should be fun, but there is a maze of information available. We'll honestly share the pros and cons of various methods and equipment, helping you to decipher the most practical, and safe, ways to approach beekeeping.
PRACTICAL: working hands-on with some of the hives here, we’ll demonstrate efficient and practical methods for handling and inspecting your bees to ensure smooth, stress-free beekeeping. You'll have an opportunity to handle the bees, brushing up on your handling skills and confidence.
Q&A: perhaps the most valuable part of the workshop will be a question and answer session in an 'open clinic' style: an opportunity for you to share any existing challenges, concerns or knowledge gaps - expect practical, efficacious solutions.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout the day.
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 are welcome to bring your own beekeeping suit but it must have been cleaned and unworn since last inspecting your bees. You'll leave with plenty of notes and resources, including a digital download of the disease presentation and a 12 month subscription to our exclusive monthly Bee Club.
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.
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.
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.
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All protective equipment provided for you including head veils must be worn for the duration of the activity.
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