Top-Bar Bee Hive


Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th October 2017

£100 each including food and overnight accommodation (Saturday night)

£80 each including lunches


The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of honeybees or beekeeping. You should leave with enough knowledge and confidence to set up a top-bar hive, populate it with bees and care for them throughout their first season with you. It is a simple, practical way to have healthy and happy bees in your garden, with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the cost and complications associated with conventional 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 the bees in one of the hives, so please bring suitable clothing (minimum hat and veil or beekeeping suit if you prefer). Some simple smocks will be available to borrow if you don't want to commit yet.

Arrive at 8.30 on Saturday for tea/coffee. We'll aim to end the training around 4.30 to 5.00 pm, but there will almost certainly be bee related chat during the evening!

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Comprehensive (2 day) Beginners course at Brinscall Hall

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