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Beekeeping Courses & Experiences

Book a beekeeping experience and be a beekeeper for the day. Visit the hives, learn all about the Queen bee and her colony of busy worker bees as you literally lift the lid on the art of keeping bees and making honey. Beekeeping FAQs...

Beekeeping Suffolk/Norfolk Border

Bungay, East Anglia

From £65.00

Beekeeping Suffolk/Norfolk Border
  • A two-hour beekeeping course near Bungay
  • Hosted by head beekeeper Stacy
  • Investigate the hives in full beekeeper gear
  • Taste the honey the bees have made

Introduction to Beekeeping Berkshire

Oakley Green, Windsor

Buy For £79.00

Introduction to Beekeeping Berkshire
  • Half-day beekeeping courses near Windsor
  • Small group classes (max. 5 people)
  • Meet the British Buckfast bees
  • A mindful & relaxing approach to beekeeping
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Natural Beekeeping with Philip Chandler

At Home Experience

From £35.00

Natural Beekeeping with Philip Chandler
  • Online tutoring in natural beekeeping
  • Learn with the experts : Philip Chandler
  • Follow a course of 4 modules online
  • 'Expert' certificated option available

Beeswax Candles and Lotion Making Experience

Oakley Green, Windsor

Buy For £79.00

Beeswax Candles and Lotion Making Experience
  • Crafting using natural beeswax
  • Make candles, beauty lotions & creams
  • Beeswax from the hives onsite
  • Take samples home with you
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Bee Experience Lancashire

Brindle near Chorley

Buy For £55.00

Bee Experience Lancashire

• Explore the world of the honeybee
• See how honey is made in Lancashire
• Get kitted out in all the beekeeper gear
• Help the beekeepers open & inspect a hive

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Online Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Online Course

Buy For £49.00

Online Introduction to Beekeeping Course
  • Online teaching from expert Chris
  • Unlimited access to all content
  • Work your way through at your own pace
  • Course divided into 10 lessons
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Bee Keeper for a Day

East Grinstead

Buy For £95.00

Bee Keeper for a Day
• Learn about different types of hives
• Observe the bees at close quarters
• Tea, coffee and biscuits are included
• Courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm
bee keeping course kent

Bee Keeping in Kent


From £75.00

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
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Urban Beekeeping & Craft Beer Tasting

Kennington Park, London

From £42.00

Urban Beekeeping & Craft Beer Tasting
• Urban beekeeping & beer tasting in Kennington Park
• Get kitted up as a beekeeper & inspect a working hive
• Taste the beer that uses the honey from local hives
• This is a hands-on workshop suitable 18yrs+
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Rural Beekeeping & Craft Beer Experience

Albourne Estate, West Sussex

From £55.00

Rural Beekeeping & Craft Beer Experience
• Beekeeping, craft beers & wines in one experiences
• Takes place at Albourne wine estate in Sussex
• Get kitted out in a suit to visit the hives
• Tutored beer and wine tasting with nibbles
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Bee Keeping Experience Cardiff

Lisvane, Cardiff

Fully Booked 2021 Buy For £40.00

Bee Keeping Experience Cardiff
• Afternoon beekeeping experience near Cardiff
• Hosted by professional full-time beekeepers
• Lots of hands-on time handling hives & bees
• At a professional honey farm with over 100 hives

Beekeeping Retreat with Spa Treatments for Two

Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Buy For £299.00

Beekeeping Retreat with Spa Treatments for Two
• An overnight break at the 4* Moor Hall Hotel for 2
• Includes a beekeeping workshop in the grounds
• Includes a 25-min spa treatment & leisure access
• Includes carvery dinner and breakfast the next day
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Bee Lovers Home Hamper

Delivered To Your Door

From £29.00

Bee Lovers Home Hamper
  • Hampers with bees wax products you'll love
  • Choose between Bee Lovers & Queen Bee 
  • Lotions, balms, candles, food wraps & more
  • Delivered direct to your door by courier
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Sponsor a Beehive

East Anglia

From £55.00

Sponsor a Beehive
  • Adopt a beehive in East Anglia
  • All packs include honey from your bees
  • A private hive visit for the 'Queen Bee' pack
  • Welcome pack full of bee info
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Hand-Tied Mixed Flower Bouquet

Nationwide Delivery Included

Buy For £38.00

Hand-Tied Mixed Flower Bouquet
  • A hand-tied bouquet of seasonal flowers
  • Send by post direct to your door
  • Available all over the UK, Scotland & N Ireland
  • Flowers sourced from Holland & UK farms

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

If you've ever wondered how honey is made a beekeeping experience is for you. If you're thinking of keeping bees yourself, these courses give you an excellent insight into what being a beekeeper involves. If you like honey you'll love it!

Who it's not for

If you are allergic to bee stings this might not be the activity for you, as they are very much hands-on beekeeping experiences at our beekeeping centres and honey farms around the country.

Beekeeping FAQs

How do I get started in beekeeping?

The best way to learn about beekeeping is to go on a course. An expert beekeeper will teach you all the basics of keeping happy bees. It's a great way to find out what's involved in keeping bees before you go ahead and invest in all the gear and the resident bees.

Will I get stung?

If you get hands-on during a beekeeping experience, you'll be kitted out with all the protective gear. Having said that, a full bee suit is not a guarantee that you will never get stung as a beekeeper. The main thing to remember is that honey bees are naturally gentle creatures, only feeling threatened when they feel their queen bee or their hive is under attack. Also, make sure there are no bees clinging on to your suit when you take it off - that's a classic way of getting stung!

How much honey does a hive produce in a year?

Between 9 and 30kgs of honey year. But this all depends on where your hive is, how many bees you have in your colony, the weather, the pollen and so on.

Can I keep bees in my own garden?

In theory yes. In the UK there is currently no legislation on where you can or cannot keep bees. There are things to take into consideration before plonking a beehive in your garden, such as local habitat and your skills to be able to look after a beehive. That's why we highly recommend a beekeeping course before you launch straight in there!

Are there different types of beehives?

Yes - from top-bars and nationals, to warre beehives there are lots! It can get really quite technical quite quickly when it comes to different types of beehives available and their pros and cons. Our experiences will touch on types of beehives during your course.

Are these beekeeping experiences hands-on?

Yes. On some of the shorter taster courses you may not spend so much time investigating the hive, but you will in general get up close to the bees and watch them at work. On the full-day courses you will be all kitted out like a beekeeper for the day.

Beekeepers talk about colonies - what are they?

A colony is the bee 'family' that sticks together. It'll be made up of the Queen bee leader and her workers bees. So if you're a beekeeper with beehives (also known as apiaries) you'll have one colony of bees living in each hive.

What is swarming?

Swarming is literally when a Queen bee and a group of her workers leave a hive en-masse in search of a new home. A swarm can consist of something like 30,000 bees, so swarming can be quite scary and unnerving, but it's all part of the natural cycle of bee life. Having said that, some beekeepers ensure there are never any new Queen bees born in a hive, which is what starts the swarming process.

Is this urban beekeeping?

Urban beekeeping is keeping bees in urban areas. In recent years, putting beehives in in places like rooftops of buildings in towns and cities has grown massively in popularity, with urban beekeeping becoming a great hobby for city dwellers. In essence though, the method of beekeeping is the same wherever your hives are!

What should I wear for a beekeeping course?

Most hosts will include all the protective gear for guests, that's to say the beekeeper suit, the hat and gloves. Most will recommend that you wear wellies for the experience.

Can kids go beekeeping?

The minimum age for beekeeping experiences will vary from location to location, so please read the requirements listed for each location. Some of the shorter taster experiences are suitable for children as young as three years old, so beekeeping can be a great day out for all the family.

Are these beekeeper workshops suitable for beginners?

Yes. Totally. Many of our suppliers specialise in beekeeping training and these workshops and courses give you a great introduction to it. It's a really good way of dipping your toe in if you're thinking of keeping bees, or if you've just always wondered how honey is made.

Is beekeeping good for the environment?

There are arguments on both sides for this. Some say farmed honey bees are preventing wild bees doing their job. Others say having hives is good for farming and the eco-system. It's a great question to ask your beekeeper host when you meet them!

What do I need to start keeping my own bees?

A hive, a colony of bees (including your Queen), a smoker and lots of protective gear. Obviously, there's a lot, lot more to successful beekeeping than this, which is why it's important to get some beekeeping training!

Will I get to see the Queen bee?

Yes! The Queen can be pretty tricky to spot in amongst tens of thousands of busy worker bees, but your expert beekeeper host will show you the tips and tricks to find your Queen.

Will I be harvesting honey?

There are specific seasons for honey harvesting. In general, a new hive will take around four to six months to be ready for harvest and many keepers prefer to harvest in late summer/early autumn for the continuity of the colony. So whether you get to help out depends on where the bees are in their cycle.

Where can I go on a beekeeping course near me?

You can go on a beekeeping course near you with our beekeeping partners in:
  • West Sussex
  • Lancashire
  • Cardiff
  • Kent

Ready to lift the lid on honey making? Book your beekeeping experience now!

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