Introduction to Beekeeping

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1-day Course

Introduction to Beekeeping

Keeping bees is an increasingly popular pastime. It should be enjoyable, educational and can help you make a meaningful contribution to a healthy environment. It also benefits mental wellbeing and, as a bonus, you can even enjoy real, raw honey.

 

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 use and compare a range of hives including wooden and poly nationals, horizontals, top-bars, warres and more. We also explore a range of techniques that can be used depending upon your desired outcomes for keeping honeybees. This will help you to make an informed decision about the type of hive and style of beekeeping that would suit you best.

 

By the end of the day, you should be comfortable and confident enough to start keeping bees and setting up your own apiary. You should leave us buzzing with enthusiasm!

 

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Learn beekeeping at The Bee Centre

Who's it for?

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as participants with some beekeeping experience.

 

No previous beekeeping knowledge or experience is required to attend this course. We have however welcomed many participants who have previously kept bees and attended other training. They have found our sessions of significant value. Check out our TripAdvisor feedback and testimonials.

 

We work to the needs of each group and tailor the content to meet the needs of the individuals attending, whatever their experience.

 

Course Overview

Honeybees & how they live

We explore what bees are, why they are important, and how colonies function.

We learn how bees progress through their life cycles and the jobs they perform in the hive.

Beekeeping styles & types Of Hive

We examine various beekeeping styles, techniques, and types of hive to help choose which best suit your reasons for keeping bees.

We focus on practical, hands-on learning.

Beekeeping smoker

Tools & Equipment

We explore and practice with a range of tools, equipment and clothing used by beekeepers.

We examine the pros and cons of different options and help you make an informed choice to suit your needs and budget.

Beekeeping year

The Beekeeping Year

We explore the beekeeping year and discuss the commitment of time, effort and needed to maintain your bees an entire year and run a small apiary.

We consider tasks for each season and discuss how to ensure your bees remain healthy, happy and productive in the long term

Honeybee health

Honeybee Health

Applying The Bee Centre's sustainable and ethical approach to beekeeping, we consider the nutritional and other needs of honeybee colonies.

We also introduce the management of pests and diseases that can affect colonies.

honey and products of the hive

Honey & Hive products

We examine how the bees make honey and how it benefits them and us.

We also explore beeswax, propolis and other products of the hive.

We introduce honey storage, extraction, and jarring as well as how to gather and use wax.

The course is held at our purpose built classroom and training apiary in the grounds of Brindle Distillery (between Preston and Chorley, in Lancashire, UK). 

 

We’re less than 5 minutes from M6 Junctions 28 and 29 and M61 Junction 9. 

 

Full address and contact details are in the page footer.

The course will be run by our own Kath Cordingley. 

 

Kath is an experienced beekeeper, bee farmer and trainer. She currently manages around 200 colonies in many different locations and habitats. She operates a wide range of  hive types and thrives on exploring and pioneering different techniques and equipment.

 

Kath has developed a sustainable and ethical approach to beekeeping. As a long-standing environmental professional, she has pioneered her ‘think like a bee’ mentality which helps beekeepers to work with their bees to respond effectively to the changing situations in which both find themselves.

 

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.

We provide tea, coffee, water and even biscuits (unless Simon’s eaten them all) throughout the day.

 

We no longer provide lunch. It was becoming too tricky to properly cater for the increasingly diverse range of dietary preferences and allergies. We encourage participants to bring their own packed lunch.

 

There are also local shops where food can be purchased.

Despite rumours to the contrary, Lancashire enjoys a pleasant climate and we usually have wonderful weather for courses. That said, we are well set up to deal with poorer weather conditions and it is rare for us to postpone a course.

 

Our tough Lancashire bees are well mannered and even behave themselves if the weather starts to chill or rain. 

Not for the course and not necessarily for beekeeping .

 

Beekeeping is a highly accessible pass time. It should be an enjoyable and relaxing. It is also benefits mental health and wellbeing. 

 

Depending what you want to achieve from your beekeeping there are techniques and equipment which can be used to minimise physical exertion and maximise accessibility.

 

In our bespoke training apiary we can demonstrate a wide range of options that will make your beekeeping as stress-free as possible. We cater for beekeepers of all ages and physical/learning abilities. We also specialise in working with participants with accessibility challenges including mobility, motor function, visual/auditory impairment and learning challenges.

 

If you’re still not sure and would like some further advice and encouragement, give us a call, or drop in to see us.

We run courses monthly from late March to the end of September (weather permitting). We deliver a very practical course, so we only run courses during the spring and summer, when we can actually work with bees.

 

We publish course dates on our website. We also sell open vouchers for customers to use during the year, at a time convenient to them. These vouchers also make popular gifts.

 

Sessions are typically held on Sundays, although we also arrange some courses for mid week. You can check out our published dates via the website of get in touch to see what other sessions may be planned but not yet published.

Yes. We don’t have our own accommodation but we are blessed with a range of local options to suit various needs and budgets. 

 

A few possible options include below. The distance from us is bracketed. The links are active and should take you directly to the relevant websites.

 

  • Travelodge Preston Chorley (0.6 miles) 
  • Holiday inn Express Preston South (1.8 miles)
  • Premiere Inn Preston South (2,4 miles)
  • Premiere Inn Chorley North (3.3 miles)
  • Farington Lodge Hotel (3.5 miles)
  • Northcote Hotel (14 miles)
  • Foxfields Country hotel (15 miles)

We provide the use of our beekeeping suits, gloves and the other beekeeping equipment you will need. Everything is covid 

 

You will need to bring sensible, fully enclosed, outdoor footwear. Wellies are ideal. Walking boots are also a good option.

 

Yuo will also need to bring a long sleeved top to wear under your beekeeeping suit. 

 

 

Yes, honeys, candles and other bee-themed items will be available for purchase.

 

We also stock a range of hives, clothing and beekeeping equipment and can order additional items as required.

 

We also breed and sell our own, locally adapted honeybees. these girls are a delight to work with, well mannered and sustainably suited to our climate and seasonality. Deposits can be made on the day or pre-orders collected, if necessary.

There are a couple of ways. 

 

You can buy a voucher via our shop. This will give you priority access to new course dates before they become available to the general public.

 

You can also book onto one of our published dates.

 

Our courses are hugely popular and attract new beekeepers from across the UK. It is advisable to book early.

Would you like to know more?

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