I arrived unaware of what was going to happen to me. This was a suprise birthday present from my best friend.
Upon arrival, I was made very comfortable by all the staff, especially Simon and Cath, who are very knowledgeable and friendly.
I put my suit and gloves on, had a photo taken and then we were off to meet the bees, after a short introduction to the smoker and various tools the beekeeper uses.
Cath took us into the onsite, purpose built apiary. We were a small group of 6 people including 2 small children and a grannie with a walking stick.
I saw the Queen and baby bees emerging. I got to hold a drone and had my photo taken ( later it was emailed to me) holding a full frame of bees.
Everything was very professional and relaxed. I didn't feel nervous at all and I must say that it is the best experience I have ever had. I can see why it has won so many awards.
The ethical way in which they keep the bees is heartwarming and I would highly recommend this experience. I have since bought some for my parents & partner.
My family bought me a voucher for a bee experience for my birthday. I have always been interested in bees but had never thought about going to such an amazing visitors centre and been able to open up full hives of bees and watch baby bees hatching & see the queen laying her eggs, all going about their business as if we weren't there.
Kath was with me throughout the experience and she was an amazing font of knowledge, answering all my questions and she let me hold frames full of bees and honey. We even found a new queen and marked her so she will be easier to spot in future.
The Bee Experience lasted for over 1 hour but the time flew by. Afterwards, we tasted different honeys from different hives and the flavours were amazing.
I am going to buy some vouchers as christmas presents for friends & family ( even children) as it is such an amazing experience. I would highly recommend it to anybody.
Had a superb day!
Steped in and it was a very welcoming place. The bee keeper kath talked to me about what was going happen, I was worried about fitting into a bee keeper suit however they had every size available from 3 year old to 5xl.
Wow what a fantastic experience! Kath was very knowledgeable and I learnt loads about bees. Pictures was taken throughout so I had memories to look back on.
Kath makes you feel at ease throughout the experience and it's really safe.
The center is also great to look around and you get to taste the honey directly from the bees!
I bought some honey from the shop they have and it's the bees knees !!!