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In conjunction with "The Bee Centre":

Introduction to Top-Bar hives (1 Day)

Saturday 20th May 2017

£80.00 each

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 top-bar beekeeping. Participants will gain a good understanding of how to keep bees enjoyably and successfully using top-bar hives.

Topics covered will include:

  • ·   ·  The benefits of top-bar beekeeping
  • ·       Types of top-bar hive and how to build your own
  • ·       How to properly run a top-bar hive
  • ·       The value of top-bar beekeeping for those with a disabilities
  • ·       Practical experience of manipulating top-bar hives

Delegates will leave the course with the confidence and skills to start running their own top-bar hives.

Who is it for?

This course is for people who are already beekeepers and who are considering adding top-bars to their apiary.

Delegates will leave the course with the confidence and skills to start running their own top-bar hives.

Further details and booking info are available from, click on courses.

Photograph © - Copyright Grant Dempster 2015

Depending where you are on the Natural Beekeeping scale, you may be interested in a Queen rearing and bee improvement course from The Bee Centre:

Saturday, 10th & Sunday, 11th June 2017

Monday, 12th & Tuesday, 13th June 2017

£150 inc lunch

Rearing your own queens is a cost effective way to ensure the continuity of your hives, grow your stock  and improve the quality and temperament of your bees.

This practical, 2 day workshop covers a range the topics and techniques to suit the “ordinary” beekeeper. It includes a large practical element that is easy to understand and apply without the need for expensive, specialist equipment.

Topics covered will include:

  • ·         Setting the criteria you want in your bees.
  • ·         How to handle, assess and record colonies.
  • ·         Deciding which colonies to use queen cells from.
  • ·         Using natural queen cells the bees build.
  • ·         Producing “Artificial” queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method.
  • ·         Clipping and marking queens.
  • ·         Changing queens in colonies and queen introduction techniques.
  • ·         Drone production
  • ·         Making up queen mating colonies and nuclei.
  • ·         Getting queens mated and mating control.
  • ·         Equipment required – buying, making, improvising or modifying.
  • ·         Dispelling some of the myths


Who is it for?

This course is aimed at beekeepers who:-

  • ·         currently manage several colonies
  • ·         know the “basics” of beekeeping, i.e. the life cycles, swarming procedure of a colony, disease recognition, etc.
  • ·         are able to recognise eggs and young larvae,
  • ·         can handle bees reasonably well

Further details are available from, click on courses.

Natural Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, July 8th 2017

One of a selection of workshops offered by Meadow Connections, in the delightful setting of Lower Winskill Farm in the Yorkshire Dales.  


A chance to see how beekeeping has changed from the times when men hunted wild colonies and stole their honey to modern intensive farming techniques and how some beekeepers are trying to redress the balance.

Discuss problems faced by bees and beekeepers.

Discover cheap, sustainable ways of providing a home for a honeybee colony, with the chance to take a small amount of honey without harming the bees.

For further details and booking see the Meadow Connections web site and flyer (right).



Beginners Natural Beekeeping weekend at Brinscall Hall

Fri, 28 Jul 2017, 18:00 – Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 15:00 BST

Another opportunity to enjoy the tranquil setting of Brinscall Hall, near Chorley, and learn all you need to know to make a start at Natural Beekeeping.

Over the weekend we will discuss:

  • Principles of Natural Beekeeping
  • Introducing bees
  • Life cycle of the colony
  • Hints and tips to help you build your top-bar hive
  • Baiting a hive
  • Basic swarm catching
  • Feeding
  • Observation
  • Pests, diseases and the role of the Bee Inspector

And if you have any questions, bring them along.

If possible – weather permitting – we will spend some time with bees in a top-bar hive, so please bring suitable clothing; at least a hat and veil, or a beekeeping suit if you prefer (some simple smocks will be available to borrow for those who don't want to commit yet).

Further details and booking at