Taster Days

Our Taster Day is designed for anyone who wishes to find out more about bees and to see if they would like to take up bee-keeping

The days are held at our Honeyworks site which is working apiary, so there will be bees in the air upon entering the apiary training facilities. Theory sessions will be held under cover, but practical sessions will be outdoors provided the weather is OK. As the Taster days are from 10am to 4.30pm you are advised to bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Our 2021 Taster days are typically in May & September, dates will be published as soon as we have better information on the restrictions. The cost for the Taster day is £50, which includes day membership of Buzzworks.

Places are limited and are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

A Typical Taster Days

  • 10.00 - Introduction & goals - Honeyworks apiary, tutors background, why students are here, outline of the day, H&S and weather
  • 10.30 - Bee Theory
  • 11.00 - Coffee Break
  • 11.30 - Practical session looking at hive types, beekeeping equipment (smoker, hive tools etc), Manipulation of frames and frame making.
  • 13.00 - Lunch
  • 13.30 - Suiting Up & preparing for looking in a hive
  • 14.00 - Opening up the Hives
  • 15.45 - Return to bee sheds
  • 16:00 - Closing the day - discussions & questions

By the end of the day attendees will;

  • appreciate the ecology of the honeybee colony
  • learn how to identify worker, drone and queen bees
  • understand the basics of the lifecycle of the honey bee and the beekeeping year
  • have seen a demonstration of at least two designs of beehive (Dartington and National)
  • experienced getting close to working bees
  • know about some of the main pests and diseases of honey bees
  • have handled the products of a beehive (honey, wax, propolis)
  • have handled a range of equipment used in beekeeping
  • understand the importance of site selection for beekeeping
  • be aware of support for new beekeepers (BBKA, Buzzworks, Beebase, National Honey Show)

What to wear

Light coloured clothing, thick trousers, long and thick (double) socks & footwear that covers the whole foot (welly boot are good)

What not to wear !

Perfume, bees often identify the smell of perfume with a threat to the hive