Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

Hands on hive inspections in Windsor


Introduction to Bee Keeping is not just for those who may be considering taking up apiary as a hobby but has wider interest to those who want to understand more about the Bees.

Lunch with wine is provided and it is a social environment located in a wild meadow field. There are no more than 8 on any course so you will get time to ask questions and for those who wish to, you can pop on the suits (provided) and help us inspect the hives.

You will learn about their life-cycle, hierarchy, fascinating roles and responsibilities. You will also gain greater insights into how you can do your little bit to help save the bees, improve their environment and generally learn more about this fascinating hobby.

We would recommend this day for anyone who is thinking of taking up bee keeping and just want to understand what is involved and if they enjoy the hive inspection.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Lunches are provided and refreshments throughout. In normal times sharing platters of artisan breads and gooey cheeses will be served with fresh fruit. Wine will be offered along with a range or soft drinks.
Tea and Coffee will be served throughout.

All equipment is provided.

Prior to arrival we will send you some pre-joining instructions for the day with suggestions of what to wear, some H&S information, directions and a parking permit. We suggest flat shoes, trousers and casual clothes appropriate to the season. If you have any allergies or mobility issues then please advise us as soon as possible.


Elisabeth Barton at Oakdale Bees


Tarbay Lane
Oakley Green

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

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In-person course
Caroline & John - - #32913

We loved learning about the honey bees in such a friendly, relaxing and beautiful setting. Elizabeth and Ken possess an incredible knowledge of the subject of bee keeping. We could not help but be taken in by their passion for bees and all that is associated with helping and protecting our environment and our wildlife. We would happily recommend this course to anyone wanting to just learn about honey bees or those thinking about keeping bees. A wonderful day

Response from Oakdale Bees:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We really appreciate it and it was our pleasure to to have you both here. Thank you and very best wishes

In-person course
Sarah - - #24443

I attended this workshop yesterday and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning. Ken and Clive are incredibly knowledgeable on beekeeping. It was a very relaxed morning and is a fantastic introduction to what is required to become a beekeeper. The workshop also covered wearing the gowns and inspecting an actual hive, which was fascinating. We finished the morning off with a lovely lunch. Highly recommended.

Response from Oakdale Bees:

Thank you for the lovely review Sarah. We are so thrilled you enjoyed it and hope to see you again sometime!

In-person course
Celia - - #21623

What a lovely way to spend a morning in such a picturesque setting, learning so much about the fascinating lives of bees and the art of beekeeping from Elisabeth and Ken, who are not only very knowledgeable about their subject, but are also able to convey their enthusiasm for caring for these precious insects. Plus homemade cake, good quality coffee, a delicious lunch with a choice of wines in a relaxed atmosphere with a bunch of friendly people - highly recommended!

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