Introduction to Skep Beekeeping - with Bees for Development 2024



Learn why, where and how it might be done. A concise, one day course on the art of skep beekeeping. Participants will learn about the history of skeps, referencing some of the old master skeppists, their varying styles of skeps and systems of management. The course will include hands on sessions with artefacts and tools and techniques. Mysteries will be be revealed concerning different shelters, floors and stands; spleets, snecks and garts; bennets, laps and litches and more. We will discuss best practice, harvest and health, enjoying indoor theory and outdoor practical sessions within the magical setting of Chris' home apiary. Reviews: "Wow, what a wonderful way to spend a day. Everything from the location to not least the stars of the day, the bees. We all three felt very privileged to experience such firsthand knowledge. Chris is a wonderful inspiring teacher and we loved that his daughter was helping and participating too. The other participants made it a friendly networking experience openly sharing their knowledge." - Joanna "I loved the course. It was perfect in terms of hands on and information balance and it felt informal so that questions could be discussed etc. The setting for the day was totally lovely too, and it was very special to visit Chris' apiary." - Mima

What's included in the price?

If the weather is suitable, students receive a live demonstration of honeybees in a skep.


6½ hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Bees for Development

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
  • Romantic
  • Pet lovers
  • Parking provided
  • Christmas
  • UK Holiday
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West Mill Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, Oxfordshire, SN6 8TH