• 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 fresh honey from one of the hives
* Courses resume from 1st August 2020 with enhanced health and safety procedures*
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? On these half day courses at Hawkhurst in the heart of Kent’s High Weald, you’ll discover the life and work of these busy bees.
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 in there. 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’s also time during this half-day beekeeping course 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 this course to find all the answers to these and a whole load more bee questions.
• Selected weekdays and 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
• Vouchers for this season must be booked and redeemed before end September 2020
• Minimum age 12
• Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
• Not suitable for spectators
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Participants should bring wellington boots and marigold gloves
• Courses require a minimum of 6 participants to take place, in the unlikely event minimum numbers are not reached courses will be rescheduled
• Hawkhurst, Kent