Events

2021 Beekeeping Events

We have been running beekeeping workshops for 6 years. These are held throughout spring and summer, dates are on the calendar below. Please book in advance as courses book up quickly. For private groups, individual, or intermediate lessons please contact us directly.

Feedback from previous workshops here

Aug
7
Sat
2021
Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop £59
Aug 7 @ 10:00 – 15:00

An introduction to beekeeping with Hannah Reeves, professional beekeeper, who manages the apiary at Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve.

This one day workshop will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping.  The 5 hour course will begin by spending the morning learning the basic theory of beekeeping. This will include looking at hive products and tasting a selection of local honeys.

After a delicious lunch, the afternoon will be spent in the orchard’s apiary with a session of practical beekeeping. You will have the opportunity to have a go at inspecting a hive yourself and receiving a souvenir photograph.

This course will provide a basis of understanding of what is involved in becoming a beekeeper and whether this is a hobby you wish to pursue. Protective beekeeping suits and gloves will be provided.

Essential Information:

This event can also be purchased as a gift experience voucher through the Trust’s Wildlife Shop.

Please note if you have any mobility requirements the ground in the orchard is uneven and the afternoon session will be spent standing.

We will require all attendees to complete a questionnaire and waiver before attending the workshop.

If the weather is inclement (high winds or heavy rain) then the course may be postponed.

Refunds will be given up to 14 days before the event (less £5 admin fee). No refunds within 14 days.

Suitable for beginners aged 16 or over.

£59 per person including lunch.

Aug
22
Sun
2021
Beekeeping Experience £150
Aug 22 @ 10:00 – 15:00

A full day beekeeping experience with Barry Darbyshire, resident beekeeper at Hatfield park, and Hannah Reeves, professional beekeeper.

We will start the morning with a hot drink and pastry before diving into the theory of beekeeping. We will cover a range of topics and conclude with a tasting selection of different honeys we produce.

A delicious two course lunch will be freshly prepared by the chefs at the Coach House Kitchen nearby. After lunch we will transport you through the Estate to the vineyard apiary. This private part of the Estate has a beautiful view of the river and folly and is home to several hives. We will demonstrate opening the hives and handling the bees before letting you have a turn.

At the end of the day we will take you back via a scenic route; crossing the river, through the woodland, and past Hatfield House itself.

Essential Information:

Please note if you have any mobility requirements the ground in the vineyard is uneven and the afternoon session will be spent standing.

We will require all attendees to complete a questionnaire and waiver before attending the experience.

If the weather is inclement (high winds or heavy rain) then the course may be postponed.

Suitable for beginners aged 16 or over.

£150 per person including lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Sep
12
Sun
2021
Beekeeping Experience £150
Sep 12 @ 10:00 – 15:00

A full day beekeeping experience with Barry Darbyshire, resident beekeeper at Hatfield park, and Hannah Reeves, professional beekeeper.

We will start the morning with a hot drink and pastry before diving into the theory of beekeeping. We will cover a range of topics and conclude with a tasting selection of different honeys we produce.

A delicious two course lunch will be freshly prepared by the chefs at the Coach House Kitchen nearby. After lunch we will transport you through the Estate to the vineyard apiary. This private part of the Estate has a beautiful view of the river and folly and is home to several hives. We will demonstrate opening the hives and handling the bees before letting you have a turn.

At the end of the day we will take you back via a scenic route; crossing the river, through the woodland, and past Hatfield House itself.

Essential Information:

Please note if you have any mobility requirements the ground in the vineyard is uneven and the afternoon session will be spent standing.

We will require all attendees to complete a questionnaire and waiver before attending the experience.

If the weather is inclement (high winds or heavy rain) then the course may be postponed.

Suitable for beginners aged 16 or over.

£150 per person including lunch and refreshments throughout the day.