10am - 4pm, here on our farm just 4 minutes from Market Deeping, Lincolnshire.
"What a great introduction to beekeeping - everything has been well thought out, the hosts are friendly and welcoming, pizza and lemonade, 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, there's no better time to begin!
Whether you're keen to learn everything you need to know to get you started in hobby beekeeping, or simply extremely interested in the idea of keeping bees, this 1-day fun and interactive workshop will teach you the fascinating secrets of the honeybee and how to care for and keep bees in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
Our Bee Keeping for Beginners workshop is lots of fun and packed full of all the essential information to leave you confident about one of the most enjoyable (and oldest!) past times.
We'll have organic tea, coffee and 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, getting to know about the honeybee, specifically the species we keep here on the farm and their fascinating history. You'll learn basic bee biology and all about how bee colonies work.
BEEKEEPER:find out about and try for yourself the equipment bee keepers use to care for their colonies and discover the many different types of bee hives and their different uses. You'll learn about the lifecycle of a colony, disease prevention and caring for bees and of course how to harvest honey and which plants help support the honeybee population.
DISCOVER how honey is made and taste the different types of honey from different pollen sources
THE BEES KNEES: it's time to try on your bee suit and meet our bees. We'll provide everything you need and teach you how to open the hive, recognise the different types of bee (including how to spot the queen!) and explain what they are doing in different parts of the hive.
TOUR the garden to see the bees at work pollinating. We'll 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 hive to put everything we've learnt together.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice on keeping bees, too.
This workshop is taught by Jez:
Jez heads up Bees for Business who install and maintain honeybee hives for businesses across England, offering a unique way for businesses to make a real and positive environmental impact for corporate social responsibility programmes. They also supply some of the finest artisan honey products to the most recognisable and iconic brands through their honey label, Bees & Co. Jez is an ethical beekeeper, passionate about encouraging more people to discover the rewarding and beneficial hobby of beekeeping. He has been privileged to have learnt from some of the most renowned bee farmers and as well as being an artisan beekeeper, is invited to talk worldwide on honeybees and beekeeping.
OUR COURSES ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE:We'll provide you with everything you need, including unlimited organic refreshments, a 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 a packet of free bee-friendly wild flower seeds and courtesy of BJ Sherriff, the leading supplier of beekeeping clothing, an exclusive 25% discount code for anything in their online store from beekeeper suits, gloves and equipment, too. Bring a pair of wellies or sturdy boots.
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 though. If at the end of any of our workshops you haven't enjoyed it 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 and so all workshop confirmations and supporting information will be emailed to you. We will also email you the week before the workshop to remind you of all the details and provide directions to the farm.
GIFT VOUCHER OPTIONS: If you choose the gift option, please email us quoting your order number with the name of the recipient. We will send a personalised gift certificate in a kraft presentation box, hand tied with ribbon and details of how to book for the recipient. Our gift certificates do not have an expiry date.
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE: Places are strictly limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
We've been awarded 5 stars by the Soil Association 'Organic Served Here' campaign in recognition of our dedication to bring you 100% delicious and 100% organic refreshments on all our workshops and courses!