Mead Making with Chris Park and Bees for Development 21 October 2023



A one day, unique Course focused on the most ancient and mellifluous of tonics. Chris Park, expert skep maker and natural beekeeper, is a seasoned mead maker and connoisseur. We will be visiting his home apiary, collecting water from a nearby spring and foraging for herbs and other botanicals to add flavours and beneficial properties to your mead. You will learn how to make mead using wild yeasts, the aromas and flavour profiles of honey, and a wealth of tips and tricks to make a beverage that suits your taste. We will taste different honey and mead varieties, and talk at length about the preparation and use of mead, present and past, here and far. You will need to bring an empty and sterilised 1 gallon demijohn with bung and airlock. You will take away a demijohn full of mead in the making that you will finish fermenting and maturing at home. You will also need to bring protective clothing for visiting the apiary - either a beekeeping suit or a beekeeping veil and jacket paired with jeans and boots. Please bring your own lunch and water bottle. Funds raised from our training Courses support Bees for Development’s international development work.

What's included in the price?

Honey, water and botanicals to make your mead.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
  • Intermediate level
  • Father's Day
  • Advanced/pro level
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West Mill Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, Oxfordshire, SN6 8TH