Type: Beekeeping

Date: Sat 19 Mar 2011

Time: March 19, 2011 10:30 - 15:30 pm

Location: Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

Rating:   12 reviews

£45.00

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About the course

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Child Friendly: Yes

Based in the lovely village of Hook Norton, our course is designed for the beginner beekeeper.   During the spring (weather permitting) we will spend some time outside, where you will have the opportunity to meet the inhabitants of the hive, observe the queen and her workers, and handle the bees yourself, therefore you will need to bring protective clothing and wellies, plus marigold gloves. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and lots of tips and advice so its a good idea to bring a notepad and pen! We will cover the following: How much time, money and space does it require to begin beekeeping? Where can I put a hive? What about the neighbours? What type of hive should I buy? What are the parts of the hive? What equipment will I need?  Where do I get the bees? How a colony works throughout the year. What role does the queen, her workers, and drones play? How do I handle bees? How do I feed the bees? How do bees make honey? What jobs do I have to do with the bees throughout the season?  Swarming - what do I do? Lunch and light refreshments are provided!

About Me

A warm welcome to our course! And a little background about who we are and why we're into bees! Viktor has been a beekeeper since around the age of two when he got his very first bee sting - his parents are bee keepers and queen breeders back in Ukraine (where even the Prime Minister keeps bees!). He studied bees at university in Kiev and during his holidays and any spare time he had he worked on the family farm and sold bees and queens in Russia. When Viktor first came to the UK in 2002 he started work in a joinery shop in London (apart from being a very skilled and experienced beekeeper he is also a very talented joiner). But he missed his bees and being in the country, and so in the end he persuaded a Cotswolds bee farm to let him work there at the weekends. It wasn't long before weekends turned into long weekends and then long weekends into weeks at a time. When Viktor met Lucy they moved into the Oxfordshire village of Hook Norton, started their own business "The Honeybee Suppliers", breeding bees and selling honey, and where they now live very happily, along with a hundred colonies of bees.

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Very good comprehensive course - Paul,

This was my first beekeeping course in 2010 and it was a smashing introduction ranging over everything from the bee lifecycle to why different honeys taste different. Small class size allowed tailoring to individuals' questions and needs. Very friendly. Got up close to lots of bees which many one day starter courses skip - it is good to know you are not going to be freaked out by holding a frame of bees before you buy a hive!


Great introduction - Toby,

A relaxed, informal but structured introduction from someone who is clearly extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Just what we needed.


Excellent course - Kevin,

really good course, very nice people and extremely knowledgeable. We learnt a lot in a short time and thoroughly enjoyed it. We've ordered our bees for the spring from Victor as we're confident that the bees will be healthy and Victor will gives us any information and support that we need. Highly recommend the course - perfect for the complete amateur like us!


Excellent Course in Beekeeping - Wayne,

This course was a day of delight from beginning to end! Lucy and Victor are wonderful people, an absolute pleasure to meet and the course was informative, interesting and above all fun! I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in beekeeping as a hobby. Meeting the bees was amazing, as a result of this course we will definately be getting our own bees in the Spring.


Perfect introduction to beekeeping - Vanessa,

Thanks Viktor for your comprehensive, accessible introduction to beekeeping! I have not found particularly good information on the internet for TOTAL newcomers to beekeeping and do not have the time to wade through books. In a few hours I had enough information to make an informed decision whether or not to proceed with beekeeping as a hobby. I am pleased to say that I will do and am now finding internet material and books more meaningful as I have a context of the basics. Thank you for giving me the interest and enthusiasm to pursue a new hobby!

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