Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development



Learn to craft a lip-work straw skep - the most iconic of beehives. Course tutor and master skep maker and beekeeper, Chris Park will guide you through the process and answer all your questions about making and using skeps. You will leave with about half of your skep done, and with all the tools, materials and skills to finish it. Bees for Development staff will also be happy to answer questions about their work and about other woven beehives used around the world. The course runs from 9.30am to 4pm at the Yew Tree Inn, Ross-on-Wye. Weather permitting, it will take place outdoors in the garden. Long straw, cane lapping, a feeder and fid will be provided to all participants on the day.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes all materials and tools. A delicious and abundant vegetarian lunch is included in the course price, as well as hot drinks and biscuits to get us started. We encourage you to make acquaintance with the friendly staff and fine brews of the Yew Tree Inn and the award-winning Ross on Wye Cider and Perry Company.


1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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  • Suitable for beginners
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Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6JZ