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Top-Bar Beekeeping Course for Beginners
Sat, May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM BST
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 new to beekeeping and are considering top-bars as their starting point. The course is also suitable for existing beekeepers who are considering adding top-bars to their apiary.
What equipment is needed?
We will provide a range of top-bar hives for participants to explore during the course.
You will need to bring:-
- Outdoor footwear
- We strongly suggest a notebook and/or laptop
- A camera is useful for practical sessions
The lead tutor will be John Vendy. John is an experienced and recognised top-bar beekeeper. John wil be supported by Kath Cordingley. Kath is an experienced beekeeper who currently runs approximately 60 hives including nationals, top-bars,, tyre hives, tree hives, observation hives and a variety of other, unusual styles.
The course will be held at "The Bee Centre" on the Samlesbury Hall estate near Preston. We are 5 minutes from J31 of the M6. The facility includes a large indoor visitor centre and classroom area alongside our outdoor apiaries and half acre pollinator garden.
Set in the heart of Lancashire, the location is ideal for those who wish to integrate the course with an extended visit to the North West. We are a short hop from the Lake District, the North Yorks Moors and the beautiful Trough of Bowland. There is also Samlesbury Hall itself; a striking 12th century building and visitor attraction which now includes an excellent restaurant and wafflery. There is also plenty to do for partners who wish to accompany delegates and/or for those of you who want to take the opportunity for an extended stay.
Accommodation, food, etc.
The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
There is accommodation available on site (in glamping-style shepherds huts) at additional cost, as well as local hotels, pubs and B&Bs. A selection of links are provided below.
The course fee
The price for this course is £80.
Places are limited and these courses are expected to be popular, therefore early booking is advised. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. When full, a waiting list will be created. Our policies regarding refunds and cancellations can be found at the booking page of our online store.