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A Beekeeping Experience Day Course


Duration: 1 day

Price: £98

Book with: Kerry Weller
at Mantel Farm

Mantel Farm
Henley Down
Catsfield, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9BN

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About the Course

A One Day Beekeeping Experience
A great experience for anyone interested in Bees, or considering taking up Beekeeping. You will learn in a small group all about this cherished insect, getting the opportunity to see inside a working Beehive. Taking home; a certificate, a pound of honey, a bee related gift and notes about the honey bee.

Course Programme: Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm

1. Introduction to Bees
Learn all about these incredible creatures; the different types, how they live and how to identify them

2. The Honey Bee
Learn a little more about the Honey Bee colony, biology and life cycle

3. British Beekeeping
How British Beekeepers look after the Honey Bee. What is involved in keeping bees, the seasonal duties in the Apiary

4. See Inside a Working Beehive
Time to put on your bee-suit and follow our experienced Beekeeper into our Apiary where you will see inside a hive, seeing where the bees live and store their honey, looking for worker bees, drones and the queen-bee

5. The Honey Harvest
How much honey does a hive produce and how is it taken from the hive? Sample different honey

6. Gardening for Bees
What can you do in your garden to help the bees? Learn about the best plant types and other tips for your gardening

What To Expect:
An informal day learning about the Honey Bees, and how you can help. Try a sample of honey and take home a 1lb (454g) jar of local honey, along with a honey gift, pack of bee-friendly seeds and notes from the day.

Refreshments will be provided, including a buffet lunch and a ‘honey-themed’ cake. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.

What To Bring:
Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have, along with a beesuit, gloves and wellies. A bee-suit will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know in advance. Where the bees and the weather allow, this day will include an inspection of a hive. Please arrive at 9.15 for a prompt 9.30 start.

Course Tutor: Mike Cullen
Mike is a Master Beekeeper. He has been keeping honey bees since 1972 and these days manages multiple apiaries, each with between 5 and 8 colonies. To keep up to date with the rapidly changing challenges of modern bee husbandry, Mike has continued to study and attain the BBKA Master Beekeeper status., passing assessments in Basic Practical Beekeeping; General Husbandry; Advanced Husbandry; and Theory Modules No. 1 - 8. Mike runs our regular courses in Beekeeping, from Beginners courses to 1-1 sessions and advanced Beekeeping Courses courses. He is the ex-chairman and current President of the Hastings & Rother Beekeeping Association. (H&R BKA), and represents the division on the Sussex Beekeeping Executive Committee. Furthermore, he is an examiner for the BBKA Basic and General Husbandry examinations.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Try a sample of honey and take home a 1lb (454g) jar of local honey, along with a honey gift, pack of bee-friendly seeds and notes from the day.

Refreshments will be provided, including a buffet lunch and a ‘honey-themed’ cake.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.



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  • Child friendly
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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