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Beekeeping courses

If you’re a beginner and want to learn to keep bees, build a hive or just get close to bees for the first time then we have the course for you. Take a look at the range of courses we have to offer, from a Taster Day to an intensive Beginners’ Weekend, click on the one you want and you can book online today.

All courses can be booked in person at our Visitor Centre or phone 01492 651106.

Beekeeping Taster Day - June 2017

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: £60


These taster days are ideal for anyone who has an interest in bees and starting beekeeping but is unsure about committing to a full course. They also make an unusual gift experience!

The session begins with a morning introduction into the fascinating world of Bees and beekeeping. In the afternoon you will attend a hands-on apiary session and get up close and personal with our Bees, under the guidance of one of our experienced beekeepers.

We will cover the different types of bee, types of beehive, personal safety, how to set up an apiary, how to handle bees, honeybee health, the different types of honey, and how to deal with the honey harvest.

We will provide you with bee suits and gloves for the afternoon session with the bees.

Cost per person £60 including tea / coffee throughout the day.Please bring your own wellies and lunch

Introduction to Beekeeping – Intensive Weekend July 2017

Beginners Beekeeping Courses – start with bees this year!

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Date: Saturday & Sunday 15 & 16 July 2017
Time: 9.30am- 5pm
Cost: £145


Do you want to find out more about these fascinating creatures? Do you think that one day you would like to keep Bees, but don’t know where to start? Then why not find out all the basics you will need to know about them on the National Beekeeping Wales’s “Beekeeping for Beginners Intensive Weekend”?

At just £145 this course will be a real eye opener into the world of Bees and beekeeping. Included in the price of the course is a tasty two-course lunch on both-days, notes, materials and use of protective equipment.

The course will cover the following topics and will provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have:

  • Introduction to the Bee colony and Bee products.
  • Types of hive, equipment, record keeping.
  • Frame making.
  • Basic hive inspection; handling frames; lighting a smoker, using a hive tool.
  • Identification: Queen, worker, drone
  • Swarm control – you’ve got queen cells, what do you do? What kind of queen cells?
  • Pests & diseases
  • Taking off honey, clearing bees from supers.
  • Feeding
  • Combining colonies
  • Preparation for winter

Taster Day: Bees , Honey and Bake Off - August 2017

Location: Bodnant Welsh Food, LL28 5RP
Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: £99

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Following on from our usual ‘Taster Day’ format for those interested in honey bees and beekeeping, we have teamed up with Bodnant Welsh Food and designed a one day course to include some of the most fascinating aspects of bee behavior and honey making and combined them with a hands-on bake-off making honey cake. You will learn how bees make honey, how the beekeeper takes honey from the hive and how the honey is extracted from the honeycomb.

A visit to the apiary with an experienced beekeeper is included, where you will watch a hive being opened up and will see honey in the making. Full protective clothing is provided. You will also learn how to ‘uncap’ the honey from the comb and will extract it ready for bottling.

At lunch time, a delicious two course lunch will be served in the Hayloft Restaurant.

Following lunch, the afternoon will be spent in the cookery school under the expert guidance of one of the Bodnant bakers. The task will be to bake a honey cake in the cookery school, using the honey extracted during the morning session.

Cost per person £99 including tea / coffee and a two course lunch in the Hayloft Restaurant. Please bring your own wellingtons for when visiting the apiary.

Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2017/18

Winter Course: Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
Location: Henfaes Research Centre, Abergwyngregyn
(just off the A55 at junction 13)
Date: September 2017 through to May 2018
Time: Eight evening sessions 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
plus two Saturday apiary sessions 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: £145



Session 1
In the Apiary. Saturday 23rd September 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn. An introductory hands-on session - the bees, the hives they live in and the art of beekeeping. Protective clothing – suit, veil and gauntlets are provided.

Session 2
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping. Tuesday 10th October 2017, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 3
The Honeybee colony. Tuesday 14th November 2017, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 4
Hives, frames and equipment – practical session. Tuesday 5th December 2017, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 5
Honey extraction and Bottling. Tuesday 9th January 2018, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 6
Summer management. Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 7
Preparation for winter. Tuesday 13th March 2018, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 8
Honeybee pests and diseases. Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes.

Session 9
In the Apiary, hands-on. Saturday 21st April 2018, 2.00-4.30 pm at Henfaes, Aber.

Session 10
Course Review and Revision - ‘The Beekeepers’ Year’. Tuesday 8th May 2018, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Henfaes, Aber.


From Bangor

  • Exit A55 at J13, Abergwyngregyn.
  • Turn first right, then next left (before underpass).
  • Continue until you see Henfaes sign on left hand side. Turn left.
  • Towards end of lane, bear left alongside converted barn and park in
  • courtyard behind.
  • Meeting will be held in the converted barn.

From Conwy

  • Exit A55 at J13, at Abergwyngregyn.
  • Turn right, then right again (through underpass), then right again
  • immediately after underpass.
  • Continue until you see Henfaes sign on left hand side. Turn left.
  • Towards end of lane, bear left alongside converted barn and park in
  • courtyard behind.
  • Meeting will be held in the converted barn
  1. Henfaes Directions (PDF)

If you’re thinking of coming on one of our beekeeping courses from a bit further afield, the hotels and B&Bs below offer a range of alternatives to suit most tastes and budgets. Even if you’re only on a one day course, why not make a weekend or a short holiday around it? We’re in a beautiful part of the country, with the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno and the walled town of Conwy nearby with its splendid castle, Bodnant Garden and Welsh Food Centre are literally on our doorstep and the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia National Park are just down the road.

Furnace Farmhouse Furnace Farmhouse: This restored farmhouse B&B is found at Bodnant Welsh Food, where our Beekeeping Visitor Centre is located, and offers guests a choice of 6 beautifully appointed rooms, each featuring breath-taking views over the Conwy Estuary. The accommodation has been elegantly finished with stylish furnishings, ironwork lights and Welsh handmade fabrics; offering a tranquil rest after a hard days learning. Tel: 01492 651100
The Groes Inn
The Groes Inn: The Groes Inn is a traditional British Inn just down the road from us. It's an independent hotel and restaurant with rustic soul by the bucket-load. Overlooking the sweeping Conwy Estuary, we are blessed with stunning views, award-winning dining, a well-groomed bar and 14 handsome bedrooms. And all with the intimacy and warmth of a locals’ pub! Tel: 01492 650545
Travelodge Hotel, Bangor
Travelodge Hotel, Bangor: This Bangor Hotel is conveniently located between the lively university town of Bangor and some great hiking in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Anglesey's beautiful beaches are right on your doorstep too. Tel: 08719 846061
The Castle Hotel, Conwy
The Castle Hotel, Conwy: This popular Hotel in Wales offers individually designed accommodation. The hotel has 27 bedrooms to the AA and Visit Wales’ exacting 4 Star Town House standards with a ’boutiquey’ feel. A recent addition is the very popular ‘Healing Hands’ treatment room. Tel: 01492 582300
Premier Inn, Llandudno
Premier Inn, Llandudno: Breathe in the sea air at the Premier Inn Hotel Llandudno North (Little Orme). On the outskirts of this traditional seaside town, you'll have heaps of heritage highlights and stunning natural beauty on your doorstep. Tel: 0871 527 8636
Tyn Hendre Farm
Tyn Hendre Farm: Tyn Hendre is a nice farm B&B very local to the course venue. The 100 year old house is a former Penrhyn Estate Manager's House overlooking the Menai Strait Lavan Sands opposite Beaumaris. Tel: 01248 362871
The Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno
The Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno: The Dunoon is a handsome building in a beautifully preserved Victorian seaside town, a 50-bedroom hotel of antiques and oak panels, of old world elegance and formality, of warmth and intimacy. The air is relaxed and comfortable not hushed or reverential, the service personal and attentive rather than fussy and overbearing. Tel: 01492 860787