Beekeeper for a Day Gift ExperienceJoin us on our CarbonNeutral honey farm, for a unique, up-close and personal tour of our honeybees, and a day in the life of a beekeeper...
About this experience
Awarded the Green Tourism gold award, join us on our CarbonNeutral 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 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.
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.
You'll receive an experience day gift voucher, which explains how the recipient can select the experience day dates available - the recipient of the voucher will be given details on how to select and book onto the date of their choice.
Suitable for ages 16+. Under 16s are welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult (aged 18+).
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 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. We'll send one of our gift vouchers in the post to you, so you have something to give to the recipient.
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
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.