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This one day course is a complete introduction, giving you a taste of what is involved and helping you to understand the whole beekeeping process, before you fully commit to keeping bees yourself.
The course will be led by David Wiscombe, a local beekeeping expert who has been keeping bees for over 50 years. David has been mentoring Catherine Bugler, here at Park Farm for the last few years.
Arrive: Tractor ride down to the farm
Welcome: Meet your hosts and tutors David Wiscombe and Catherine Bugler over a morning tea or coffee and tasty River Cottage treats.
Session one: We will begin in the farmhouse where David will go through the fundamental facts around beekeeping, from recognising the honey bee, through to equipment needed and why we should keep bees.
Session two: This is the first of our two practical sessions. We aim to give you a chance to examine a bee hive and learn about safety and beekeeping etiquette. In the first session, we take you to a local apiary, which have small colonies of bees, to ease you in!
Lunch: We return to RCHQ for lunch. At River Cottage food is very much the focus and you will have a sumptuous two course lunch of local seasonal fare prepared by the River Cottage team.
Session three: Here we walk up to the River Cottage apiary for more hands on practical experience.
Session four: We return to the farmhouse, where David will show you the numerous products you can make out of a hive (floor wax, facial cream, etc) and how to get started on the road to beekeeping, with lots of useful advice and tips.
Everyone will go home with a set of course notes.
This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone, as we may need to change the order of the day or the length of the practical if the weather is poor.
Location: This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
Wine/drink: We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines.
Accommodation: If you need local accommodation please click here.
Age: We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort
and enjoyment of all our guests.
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
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