Course Start DatesSaturday 25th April 2020
About the Course
Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Or are you just intrigued to know what goes on inside that enigmatic wooden box...Maybe you have heard about the plight of our bees and want to understand how to best help them.
Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention.
Topics covered include:
What type of hive
Where to site your hive
Overview of sustainable management
Plants for your bees
There will also be a chance to ask questions and discuss how we can all help out our pollinators.
Please note that we don't open up a hive on this occasion (you will learn why on the course!) so there is no need for equipment. For those people who are wanting to go ahead and keep bees, then do stay on for the Introductory Plus. We will have a short break and then carry on to look at the basics in more detail, where we will also talk about setting up a hive, building frames and go in to more detail about getting started. We will go and have a look at the apiary but if the weather is awful, I do have back up plans in place! Please contact me for prices and details.
If you would like a bespoke course about beekeeping or bees in general I am very happy to accommodate a small group as a special event, tailored to your needs. Discounts available for multiple bookings, as well as 14-21 year olds and university students. Please do get in touch.
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?
A hand out of the information covered is provided but you are welcome to take notes.
Refreshments: tea, herbal tea and proper coffee and homemade cake.
Loved the course. Very practical and helpful.
karen Leason - - #29130
Response from Wayward Bee:Marvellous to hear, Karen. Thank you very much.
Inspiring. Got home, bought a hive.
Hein Behrens - - #29032
Response from Wayward Bee:That's great news! Thank you for your review.
Really enjoyable, well presented - I like Jennifer’s approach to bee-keeping. Left me motivated and keen to start. I really should mention the excellent cake too!!
Lizzie Hopkins - - #28931
Response from Wayward Bee:Ah, thank you Lizzie! So pleased you enjoyed the course - and the cake!
Sustainable beekeeping - - #28086
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you! :)
A wonderful and informative afternoon. Jennifer's passion shines through. If I wasn't already sold on the idea of getting a hive, I certainly am now.
Mark - - #28061
Response from Wayward Bee:Ah, thank you so much Mark! Great to meet you :)
A fabulous afternoon. Jennifer is incredibly knowledgable and engaging. We loved her way of teaching and her beliefs. I would highly recommend Jennifer and thank her so much for a really lovely afternoon including a lovely piece of homemade cake and great coffee ☕️
Mrs Sarah Hunter - - #27629
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Sarah! It was great to meet you both :)
I would definitely recommend this course. It is relaxed and informal; Jennifer explains everything you need to know with the emphasis on what is good for the bees rather than the beekeeper. Jennifer has a lot of experience and a wealth of knowledge - and makes a lovely cake!
Annette Lee - - #27568
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you Annette, I'm pleased you enjoyed the course - and the cake ;)
Jennifer is so knowledgeable, and conveys that knowledge in an engaging way. Would thoroughly recommend. Great cake too!
Carrie - - #27400
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Carrie! That's great to hear :)
My husband and myself came on this course with no knowledge at all about bees & beekeeping, but thought the beginners course would be a great start- we both thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon & learnt so much from Jennifer. The time just flew, but we gained so much from the course. Jennifer is passionate about beekeeping & that came across in her knowledge, enthusiasm and the course notes. We are definitely looking into starting up beekeeping in the future! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in beekeeping. We will definitely be interested in coming on the intermediate course!!
Teresa Cain - - #25708
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you for coming along Teresa! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course - it was so interesting and informative. I love Jennifer’s approach to keeping bees, with the care and wellbeing of the bees being paramount. I cannot believe how much I learnt in two hours, which flew by! Jennifer is clearly passionate about bees, and this comes across when she’s teaching. The accompanying course notes (with lots of useful links to a wealth of resources) are really helpful, so I can follow up on more reading etc. I can highly recommend this course, and am looking forward to progressing to Intermediate level very soon. Thank you Jennifer!
Amelia - - #22915
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you Amelia! :)
As someone who was interested in keeping bees I signed up for the beginners course and thought it would be interesting for my youngest child, who is in fact a teen, to join us. I wasn't wrong.
This course expelled some common misconceptions and is extremely informative. It certainly gave me clarity about the comittment involved. I highly recommend this course if you are considering keeping bees.
Jennifer is a lovely person with (in my humble opinion) the right views on how invasive things need to get to keep bees, and was the perfect hostess with her home-made cake, tea and honey samples. She is extremely knowledgeable about the topic and explains everything well. She answers questions and anything else not understood in a pleasant and non-patronizing, non-condescending way which I have found some course providers do.
We came away full of knowledge! It certainly didn't feel like we'd been there 2 hrs! In fact we went a little over time because it was so enjoyable that time got forgotten.
A thoroughly enjoyable day!
Mia-Louise Connor - - #22148
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Mia-Louise! Great to meet you and your daughter :)
Excellent course! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jennifer has a wealth of knowledge and her passion shines through when she is teaching. She gave us invaluable information to get us started on our bee keeping journey! Would recommend this course to anyone interested in keeping bees! She also makes a delicious cake too!
Fiona Vicary - - #21566
A very informative day - I learnt more about bee keeping in 2 hours with Jennifer than from all the literature that I had been reading. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and explains the subject in a clear and understandable manner at a pace that everyone could keep up with. Well worth doing if you are thinking of keeping bees in a sustainable way.
frank donnachie - - #21180
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks so much Frank - great to hear :)
Relaxed and very enjoyable course. Very informative talking you through understanding the bee and introducing you to the equipment
Delicious tea and cake icing on the top of an excellent afternoon!
Karen Barney - - #21165
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you so much for coming along :)
Jennifer is a natural teacher with great communication skills. There is plenty of detail in this course so that you can actually go an "do" things to start your colony afterwards, but Jennifer also explains sustainable beekeeping holistically, so it also becomes a way of thinking rather than a tick box exercise. It means that if you do decide to read books on the subject afterwards, you have a really solid framework in which to put all your newly acquired knowledge. It's a great course which I'd recommend without hesitation to anyone starting out with beekeeping. (The cake is also amazing.)
Alex Tamlyn - - #20495
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Alex! :)
Wonderful course and a fascinating introduction to the extraordinary life of bees as well as the keeping of them. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in sustainability and discovering ways to nurture and grow their local bee population as well as make honey.
Amy - - #20494
Response from Wayward Bee:Glad you enjoyed the course Amy!
Jennifer's course was great. I learned a lot and was interested in everything she had to say. I would recommend her course to anyone thinking about keeping bees.
Ali Turnbull - - #20460
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Ali, so pleased you could come along :)
I have wanted to find out about bees for ages, but was a bit anxious about what it involved. This course however was just the thing needed to fill me with confidence and to propel me into action: a few days after attending, I have already ordered my hives and am looking forward to the whole beekeeping experience. I am so glad that Jennifer was the one to introduce me to the subject - her knowledge and sound good sense was inspirational and I have complete confidence that her methods, traditional ones that look to the welfare of the hive rather than mere honey production, will be rewarding and successful. She is a very good teacher and I'm sure will be a fantastic mentor, should I need further advise. I can thoroughly recommend this course.
Alexa - - #20093
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you so much!
This course was perfect. Jennifer has an art to imparting her passionate knowledge of bee keeping in such a way that beginners feel inspired and equppped to start immediately. Jennifer is clearly incredibly knowledgeable about the subject and her sustainable approach should be admired. She teaches in such a way that you leave the course with confidence. The added extra is that you get to taste the product of her incredible baking skills. A wonderfully relaxed but truly informative course. I will certainly be attending an intermediate course in the near future 🐝
Lee Tomlinson - - #20018
Response from Wayward Bee:Thanks Lee :)
Friendly and highly informative, just right for beginner covering everything I had hoped.
Adrian Foote - - #19326
Response from Wayward Bee:Thank you :)
I would thoughly recommended this course . If like me you have been thinking of having a hive in your garden but just don't know how it will happen due to lack of knowledge. This course is for you . Jenny has a lovely way of sharing her knowledge. I now have a colony of bees in my garden which is just a dream come true and there is nothing better than tasting warm raw honey from your own bees
Heidi Vincent - - #9634
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