For those who are interested in taking the first step towards looking after their own bees. The day will cover all the practical considerations that need to be taken into account when starting beekeeping including siting an apiary, essential and desirable equipment, the beekeepers year and the processing of hive produce – plus many other aspects of this rewarding hobby.
Introduction – This one-day course is designed to give you a complete introduction to keeping bees. It will give you a comprehensive insight into beekeeping and what it entails, including a hands-on session in the Apiary with our bees.
The Course – This is a combination of theory, practice and demonstration with opportunities to participate at all levels. If you wish to come with a particularly keen partner, but just want to look, this course is still suitable – there are plenty of jobs to occupy an Assistant Beekeeper!
After each course you will go away with a comprehensive set of notes and guidance and be able to contact us or more help should you need it.
Part One – The Fundamentals of Beekeeping: Recognising bees in the UK; the different types of honeybee within a colony; the alternative types of hive, their construction and materials; clothing and equipment.
Part Two – A visit to the Apiary: A practical manipulation of a hive to show you when to look and what to look for; how to be safe and how it all works inside a hive.
Part Three – The Beekeeping Calendar: How to look after your bees during the year.
Part Four – Getting Started: Where to find equipment, books and fellow beekeepers.
Equipment – We will provide all protective beekeeping equipment, including gloves and tops, but you should wear a long sleeve top, trousers (not too flimsy!) and wellies or stout shoes with socks you can tuck your trousers into.
Price – £85 per adult (£55 children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult), including refreshments & a ploughman’s style lunch of local delicacies and our own produce.
Time – 10am – 4pm
Maximum No. of Students – 6
Location – A J Apiaries, The Lilacs, Dundraw, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 0DP.
Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that you do not get stung if you are aware that you have a severe allergic reaction to bee stings these courses are not for you as they all involve working with live bees.
Terms & Conditions of Booking Courses
Bookings for our courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, if you let us know that you are unable to attend, we will do our utmost best to resell your place(s). In the event that we are successful, we will refund you the cost of your place, less an administration fee of 20% per place. We require a minimum of 7 days notice for all cancellations.
In the event of there being fewer than four people on any one course, we reserve the right to cancel the course in which case a full refund of the course fees will be provided, but we cannot be held responsible for any other expenses incurred in advance of the course. We will do our utmost best to arrange an alternative date for you.
Our beekeeping courses can only take place with fair weather conditions – the bees do not enjoy being manipulated during inclement weather and the likelihood of them sharing their stingers with course participants increases dramatically! If it is necessary to cancel a course due to the weather then we will either refund you the full cost of your place or attempt to arrange an alternative date for you.