Willow skep hive (Alveari) making - with Bees for Development



Learn how to make one of Britain's most ancient beehives, weaving rods of willow into a charming alveary. Course tutor and master skep maker and beekeeper, Chris Park will demonstrate how to work the willow, and guide you through the making. Chris will also show how to mix and apply cloom to your new skep. We will talk about bees and beekeepers, why we like skeps and using them as beehives. Bees for Development staff will also be happy to answer questions about their work and about other woven beehives used around the world. With the right determination, you will finish weaving your alveary by the end of the course. You are welcome to bring a bucket and take it away full of cloom ready to be applied onto your creation. The course runs from 9.30am to 4pm at the Yew Tree Inn, Ross-on-Wye. If you are in need of overnight accommodation we can vouch for the hospitality offered by Hillary at Broome Farm and by Sheila and Guy at Lower Wythall. You should receive a Booking Confirmation email with further details about the Course within 1-2 working days of placing your booking. Please get in touch with us if you don't. You may also want to check your spam/junk folder.

What's included in the price?

All the material to make your willow alveary will be provided on the day. 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.


6½ hours (9:30am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

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