Practical Taster Sessions
£75.00 per session
Sold Out for 2022
Vouchers now available for the 2023 season.
Practical Taster sessions have been put together for those with an interest in Honeybees and their life cycle, as well as those thinking of taking up the craft themselves.
Bee suits will be provided at these sessions (please advise size when booking), we only ask that you bring Wellington boots and a pair of fresh Marigold type gloves.
The sessions are half a day long and involve opening of hives to carrying out inspections and manipulations as colony size and time of season demands. You will have the opportunity to view the contents of a full sized hive. You will see the three castes of honeybees including the Queen.
You will also be shown the stages, from egg to larvae, onto emerging worker bees as well as the all important pollen that the bees collect as well as the honey stores (their larder). In the session you will be able to handle the frames from the hives and ask as many questions as you want, and take as many photos as you like. We try and work on a one to one basis but can accommodate couples (there is only so much room around a beehive for all to see properly).
We run hives made from traditional materials as well as modern higher tech materials.
The sessions are very flexible to meet individuals requirements, whether you are just interested in finding out about honeybees or thinking of starting beekeeping yourself.
The taster session will last for half a day but bear in mind that hives are rarely opened earlier than 10.00 am as the temperature is too low (cold bees can be less than welcoming).
At the sessions end participants receive a jar of honey collected by the bees from the very hives you have been inspecting.
Dates will become available from early to mid April onwards.
Session costs are £75.00 and will be booked at weekends only initially. Please
email through the website for payment and booking details.
Beekeeping is weather dependant, therefore a confirmation e mail will be sent the day before to confirm or re arrange in the event of bad weather.
Please advise us of any allergies or medical conditions if applicable.