On selected dates throughout the year, we open up the farm for our hugely popular, exclusive experience days.
FUN-FILLED & HANDS ON
Awarded the Green Tourism gold award, join us on our Carbon Neutral honey farm, for a unique, up-close and personal tour of our honeybees, and a day in the life of a beekeeper...
“Thank you for a lovely day - the day was brilliant, relaxed atmosphere in extraordinary surroundings. Really had a lot of fun.” Alison
Our experience days begin at 10am and run to approximately 2pm, here on our organic farm just 4 minutes from Market Deeping and 18 minutes from Peterborough train station in Lincolnshire.
It's a fun-filled, hands-on, day which involves:
- a short guided tour of the nectar gardens and the planting schemes we have created for an almost entirely pollinator-friendly site; why considering pollinators like the honeybee are important in your own garden or outside space and how simple it is to do.
- a look at the day's jobs, which could include: helping to build new beehives; checking the health of our bees; equipment maintenance; building wax frames; preparing to extract honey; helping to rear queen bees; painting new hives; feeding colonies... it's always varied and you can choose to help with whatever you'd like to try!
- we'll provide you with a beekeeper suit for the day so you can enjoy a guided tour of a working beehive - marvel at the bees as they work and learn how to spot the hive's queen. If you're lucky you may see bees being born and possibly even a "waggle dance", too!
“Thank you for a fabulous day; we really enjoyed the whole experience. Everything was exceptional, your knowledge, the refreshments, the build your own pizza’s, the honey. Just loved it all.” Kim and Carl
You'll be hands-on helping to inspect the colonies; taking photos, recording video and keeping records as our beekeepers explain what they are looking for, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Then we head back to the barn for a honey tasting session - a delicious way to learn about and taste a selection of different honey as unique as the areas the bees forage on.
UP-CLOSE WITH THE BEES
Beekeeping is dependent on the weather and the jobs required at the time of the year that you visit. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee what specific beekeeping elements your day will include but we always try to ensure you get to inspect a beehive. When the weather is too cold or wet to inspect the bees, we have many of our own video clips to show.
Suitable for ages 16+. Under 16s are welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult (aged 18+).
WANT TO BRING A FRIEND?
If you'd like to bring someone else with you on your gift experience day, subject to availability you can purchase additional spaces below.
OUR EXPERIENCE DAYS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE
We'll provide you with everything you need, including refreshments, an organic pizza lunch cooked in our outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven and bee keeping suits for the day. All of our ingredients are organic, locally sourced or home grown here on the farm. Bring a pair of wellies or sturdy boots with you, and 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.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We are actively trying to help the environment, so all details will be emailed to you, including a reminder the week before your selected experience day, with 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.
PLACES ARE LIMITED TO JUST 10 PEOPLE PER EXPERIENCE DAY
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.
All existing injuries or health issues that may be affected by you taking part in this activity must be reported to Bees & Co. before taking part and noted in the appropriate section of this disclaimer (e.g. heart conditions, asthma, diabetes, known allergies).
By purchasing this product you agree to have read and understood the guidelines above and assume full responsibility for any risk associated with taking part in the activities provided by Bees & Co. The management will not accept any liability howsoever caused for death, personal injury, loss or damage suffered by participants.