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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.

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