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Bee Keeping in Kent


  • Learn about beekeeping in the Garden of England
  • Small group & private group courses at Hawkhurst in Kent
  • Take home a jar of fresh honey from one of the hives
  • Informative & entertaining hosting by Clare and John

What's Included

Half Day Beekeeping

  • A half day interactive and intuitive 'hands on' bee keeping course
  • Get kitted up in your bee suits and visit the live hives
  • Your beekeeper will demonstrate the life cycle of the bee and the real workings of the colony
  • Opportunity to view the bees coming and going, some laden with balls of pollen, you may see some young bees emerging from their cells, and even the queen!
  • Lots of interesting facts and information and a question and answer session
  • Refreshments are provided
  • Take home a lovely jar of raw honey from the apiary

Exclusive Beekeeping 

  • Two hour exclusive beekeeping workshop for up to four people
  • Highly interactive session with the majority of time spent with the open hives
  • Explore the wonderful world of a bee colony
  • Take home a lovely jar of raw honey each from the apiary
  • Great experience for families or groups of friends

What Can I Expect

Bee amazed on a beekeeping course in Kent! Where better than the Garden of England to learn all about keeping bees? You'll discover the life and work of these busy bees on these half-day small group or two-hour exclusive group courses at Hawkhurst in the heart of Kent's High Weald.

Kent beekeepers, like your course leader John Osbourn, are utterly passionate about what they do. Given the fact that John worked for many years at the Natural History Museum, it's little wonder that he is now guardian to over 70 beehives in the Kentish countryside. With so much experience in beekeeping, John decided to impart his knowledge and start teaching beekeeper courses.

We love the programme for these lessons. First off, you'll investigate what the inside of an empty hive is like. It's a very simple idea, but works really well, as it's not often you get to see the workings of these worlds of nectar and honey without the bees buzzing around. Then once you've got your bee suit and gloves on, it's time to go to the 'live' beehive and see what's happening.

This is the moment John will deftly lift off the hive's roof and ceiling to expose the bee colony to see what's going on. You'll learn how the colony works together as a highly efficient team. From surrounding the brood nest with honey and pollen, to being responsible for bringing in deliveries of fresh nectar collected from all those Kent flowers, each bee has a role. You'll have to look closely to spot the Queen, as she's kept well protected by her loyal subjects!

You might even witness the birth of new bees, emerging from their cells all wobbly and unsure of themselves - and you'll be amazed at how quickly they grow into worker or drone bees. All of the various stages of the life of a bee and their roles will all be explained to you by John, as you investigate the working beehive.

There'll also be time during these beekeeping courses in Kent to answer your questions. So if you've ever wanted to know what Royal Jelly is and how it's used, or wondered if bees can survive the winter, book yourself onto a shared or private group course to find all the answers to these and a whole load more bee questions.


Half Day Beekeeping

  • Selected weekdays and occasional Saturdays between April and September
  • All dates are subject to weather conditions and availability
  • Sessions generally start at 10:00 finishing at 13:00
  • Occasional afternoon sessions are available

Exclusive Beekeeping

  • Sessions generally take place on Friday afternoons 15:00-17:00
  • Alternative days and times can be arranged, subject to availability


  • Hawkhurst, Kent

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 12
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

  • Participants should bring wellington boots and marigold gloves
  • The shared small group courses require a minimum of 6 participants to take place, in the unlikely event minimum numbers are not reached courses will be rescheduled
Bee Keeping
Bee Keeping in Kent
Half Day Bee Keeping
Total Price£75.00
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