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Basic beekeeping

Looking at the bee hives at Acton Scott

About the Course

Basic beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture.

Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the queen, worker and male drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General handling and manipulation of bee colonies will be covered, together with honey production, extracting, processing and marketing.
The course is mainly theory based with a look at the farm’s hives, weather permitting.

You will need to bring: wellies and rubber gloves, all other protective clothing will be provided.

Tutor: Brian Goodwin
Brian is President of the Shropshire Beekeepers Association, a lifelong beekeeper and lecturer.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that the farm yard is cobbled and the ground often uneven. If you have any access concerns, please contact us. When booking please advise us of any medical conditions or special requirements.

Payment for courses
Course places must be paid for at the time of booking. Your place is not secure until paid for in full.
If you have to cancel your booking, please inform Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing or by email. If you cancel your booking more than four weeks before the course start date, 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of the course fee will be reserved to cover administrative costs). You may use your fee towards an alternative course. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the course start date, fees paid will not be refunded unless the course was full and your place can be re-sold.

Please contact us via the 'Contact' form above to book your place.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Lunch, refreshments, tools and protective clothing.

You will need to provide your own gloves and wellies.


Sarah Green at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Wenlock Lodge
Acton Scott
Church Stretton
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  • Parking provided
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One day (10am-4pm)

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- - #23806

Brian was absolutely brilliant. I could have listened to him for another 6 or 7 hours. Brian has a very warm and interesting presentation skill.

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- - #23723

Practical side to the bees was very interesting and not as alarming as anticipated. Classroom was very informative.

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- - #23088

Brian was extremely knowledgeable and easy to listen too, and clearly enthusiastic about his subject. He made the theory part of the day as (if not more) fascinating as the practical element.

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- - #22352

Knowledgeable and informative presenter, relaxed style, excellent lunch.

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- - #22351

Loved the whole experience, food was excellent too.

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- - #22350

Very knowledgeable teacher, all valuable. Actually handling the bees was great, but the theory equally useful and interesting.

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- - #17836

I thought it was all brilliant. Examining the hives was exciting but the rest of the course was so interesting.

In-person course
- - #17835

Brian's knowledge was clearly extensive and he showed great enthusiasm. We covered a huge range of topics

In-person course
- - #17834

Dressing up and seeing the open hives was great. Gave me confidence being around bees.

In-person course
- - #17833

Brian was incredibly knowledgeable - good to have resourses to take away too, great seeing the hives themselves.

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- - #17832

The practical aspects were very well delivered. The lectures were most informative and interesting

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- - #17831

Looking in the hive was great. Delivery was very informative. Very good knowledge from experienced bee keeper. Pitched at a perfect level for beginners.

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- - #17830

The best part was seeing the hives, Realising how much is involved in beekeeping, the lunch was very good, Brian very informative.

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- - #17829

All very informative, sold bee keeping to me.

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- - #17828

Course tutor and material all at the right level for a beginner.

In-person course
- - #5262

All of it – excellent!

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- - #5261

Fantastic course with excellent presentation and knowledge from Brian. Like the handouts to digest when there's more time. Listening to someone who knows about beekeeping

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- - #5260

Best bits were seeing the bees and Brian's answers to our questions based on his experience

In-person course
- - #5259

Brian was amazing at his job info about beekeeping was outstanding, seeing the bees in real life was great. The print outs are a really good idea. I would tell people to come on the course

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- - #5258

Brian is amazingly knowledgeable and skilled in delivery, lovely lunch. Fantastic - learnt so much

In-person course
- - #4709

Excellent venue. Excellent food. Fabulous value. I would have paid double for this course!

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- - #4708

Mr Brian Goodwin was just fascinating and I just wanted him to not stop talking. I learnt so much.

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- - #4707

Great presentation, photos, handouts (and seeing the bees). Lovely lunch.

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- - #4706

Brian and Malcolm were brilliant. Nice lunch.

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- - #4705

The whole course was excellent, I don't think it can be improved.

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- - #4704

Tutor was amazing to listen to, great interest in the subject.

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- - #4703

Excellent speaker - great teacher.

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- - #4702

Excellent, very informative. Great location.

In-person course
- - #4701

Going to see the hives was really special. Brian was marvellous - patient, interesting and giving so much really practical advice. Lovely refreshments too.

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- - #4700

Brian was fabulous! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Was good to get out with the bees too!

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- - #4699

I can't fault the content of the bee keeping course - handling the bees was a highlight. Thank you for an excellent day.

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