Introduction to Beekeeping (1 Day Workshop)

This practical workshop provides you with the knowledge and confidence to start keeping honeybees safely and successfully

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Course includes "Starting out with Bees" book - worth £14

About the Course

Course Leader - Kath Cordingley

Keeping bees is an increasingly popular pastime which helps you to connect with nature and make a meaningful contribution to a healthy environment.

This practical, 1-day workshop provides an introduction to beekeeping. Participants will gain a good understanding of how to keep bees enjoyably and successfully.

You will get up close and personal with the bees in our purpose-built, on-site apiary. Here you can look at and compare a range of hives including nationals, top-bars and warres. This will help you to make an informed decision about the type of hive and style of beekeeping that would suit you best.


Who is it for?

This course is for people who are new to beekeeping. The course is also suitable for existing beekeepers who are considering adding top-bars to their apiary.

What do you need to bring?

- Outdoor Footwear (wellies or walking boots are ideal)
- A notepad/laptop is strongly recommended
- A camera can be useful during the practical sessions

The Tutors

The course will be run by our own Kath Cordingley. Kath is an experienced beekeeper and bee farmer who currently manages around 150 colonies in many different types of hive. She is a strong advocate for breeding sustainable, localised bees and successfully breeds queens in the NW of England, based on our native black bee.

The Venue

The course will be held at our visitor centre in the grounds of the Samlesbury Hall estate near Preston. We are 5 minutes from J31 of the M6. The facility includes a large indoor visitor centre and classroom area alongside our outdoor apiaries and half-acre pollinator garden.

Set in the heart of Lancashire, the location is ideal for those who wish to integrate the course with an extended visit to the North West. We are a short hop from the Lake District, the North Yorks Moors and the beautiful Trough of Bowland. There is also Samlesbury Hall itself; a striking 12th-century building and visitor attraction which now includes an excellent restaurant and wafflery. There is also plenty to do for partners who wish to accompany delegates and/or for those of you who want to take the opportunity for an extended stay.

Food, Accomodation, Etc.

The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Due to an increasing variation in dietary needs, lunch is not included. It is recommended that customers bring a packed lunch. There are also a few local shops where food can be purchased.

There is accommodation available on site (in glamping-style shepherds huts) at additional cost, as well as local hotels, pubs and B&Bs. A selection of links are provided below.

The Course Fee

The price for this course is £130

Places are limited and this course is very popular, therefore early booking is advised. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. When full, a waiting list will be created. Our policies regarding refunds and cancellations can be found at the booking page of our online store.