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An Introduction to Bee Keeping 1 Day Course

Whether you're keen to learn everything you need to know to get you started in beekeeping, or simply extremely interested in the idea of keeping bees, this fun and interactive experience day will teach you the fascinating secrets of the honeybee and how to care for and keep bees for yourself. I am all about hands on experience days, so keep it as practical and interactive as possible with only short sessions in the ‘classroom’.

Our Introduction to Bee Keeping day course is lots of fun and packed full of all the essential information you may need if you have decided to have a hive of your own, or are someone who like me - is just fascinated by honey bees.


In 2016, Rebecca was the first bee farming apprentice to graduate in the UK on The Worshipful Wax Chandlers Apprenticeship in Bee Farming, sponsored by Rowse Honey , The Bee Farmers Association, Sheriff Bee Suits and Defra.

Her career predominantly focused on rearing Buckfast Queen Bees. She has had experience rearing queens at Buckfast Denmark with Keld Brandstrup, chairman of the Danish Association of Commercial Bee Keepers and rearing thousands of Queens for Alpine Honey Co in New Zealand, has also been fortunate enough to of spent time researching Manuka Honey production with NZ Honey Co in South Island New Zealand. She has worked with honey bees in Western Australia in the south of Perth researching Jarrah Honey Production, Pollination of Almond Orchards in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, and learning Urban Bee keeping in Sydney East Australia.

The exciting part - The Course Itinerary !

THE BEE BACKGROUND : Our day begins in my family home on the bee farm I grew up in, I will talk to you about my background in bee farming and my experiences around the world with Honey bees. We will get to know about the humble honeybee and its fascinating history. You'll learn basic bee biology and all about how bee colonies work.

MEET THE BEES: It's time to try on your bee suit and meet our bees! We'll provide everything you need and teach you how to open the hive, recognise the different types of bee (including how to spot the queen!) and explain what they are doing in different parts of the hive.

* Break for Lunch *

BEEKEEPER’S ESSENTIALS : Find out about and try for yourself the equipment bee keepers use to care for their hives. You'll learn about the lifecycle of a colony, disease prevention and caring for bees and of course how to harvest honey and which plants help support the honeybee population.

LEARN: How honey is made and taste the array of different types of honey Rowse Honey have. We will discover different pollen sources – learning about the array of flavours from different countries all over the world. I will also go through with you what honey is best paired with what!

Then it's time to get back for coffee and a cake to put everything we've learnt together.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get practical advice on keeping bees throughout the entire day - I will try to answer any questions you may have!


Saturday 29th June 2019 10 - 3pm - 1 SPACE LEFT

Saturday 27th July 2019 10 - 3pm - FULL

Saturday 10th August 2019 10 - 3pm - FULL


Oakfield Honey Farm,

Steeple Claydon


£85.00 per person (home cooked lunch, cakes and refreshments included)

How To Book?


Tel: 01296 730 794

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