Beekeeper for a Day One-to-One Exclusive Gift ExperienceThe ultimate experience day gift...
Cost:£250.00 per person
About this experience
The ultimate experience day gift
Our Beekeeper for a Day One-to-One Exclusive Gift Experience is something really special - awarded the Green Tourism gold award, join us for a unique, up-close, personal tour of our honeybees and spend a day in the life of a bee farmer...
Just 10 exclusive one-to-one gift experiences are available per year, on selected days from April to September. We'll send you a gift experience voucher for you to give to the recipient, which gives details of how to book.
We'll begin by taking you for a guided tour of the gardens to explain the planting schemes we have created for an almost entirely pollinator-friendly site and why considering pollinators like the honeybee are important in your own garden.
You'll shadow a bee farmer for the whole day, seeing the bees at work and helping to care for them, including a whole range of activities with opportunities to ask questions and learn one on one.
You'll be hands-on helping to inspect the hives, take photos and record video, and keep records as our beekeeper explains what they are looking for. There's no such thing as a typical day in the life of a bee farmer but it can include: checking hives for needed repairs and maintenance, preparing new hives, moving colonies, painting hive parts, making up frames, jarring honey and keeping on top of the many jobs of a busy working bee farm.
You'll learn how bees make different flavoured honey and enjoy a special honey tasting session - a delicious way to learn about and taste a selection of different honey as unique as the areas the bees forage in.
Special & Exclusive
Beekeeping is dependent on the weather; the jobs required at the time of the year that you visit, and Jez's filming schedule. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee what specific elements your day will include but it is normally a full and fairly physical day.
Your day includes unlimited organic, home grown and local refreshments and a full ploughman's lunch provided, with an hour to rest up over lunch and enjoy the gardens (and play with the farm's dogs if you wish!). You'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions before heading home with a goodie bag as a memento of your day.
The day begins at 10am and runs to approximately 4.30pm, here on our organic farm just 4 minutes from Market Deeping and 18 minutes from Peterborough train station in Lincolnshire.
OUR EXPERIENCE DAYS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE
We'll provide you with everything you need, including unlimited refreshments, lunch and a bee keeping suit for the day. Bring a pair of wellies or sturdy boots but please do not wear perfume or cologne as strong scents can cause problems for the bees. Do not drink alcohol prior to attending. You will be required to sign a declaration in order to partake in the day’s activities.
HELP US TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
If you're able to 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 1 PERSON PER DAY
Suitable for ages 16+. Under 16s are welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult (aged 18+). We will contact you to offer a variety of dates on all days of the week and arrange a mutually convenient day to work with our beekeepers from April to September.
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.