Beekeeping courses

From £60 per person

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29 October 2019 - 31 March 2020

Monday
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Tuesday - Friday
13:00- 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday:
11:00 - 16:00

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 a course for you.

All our courses take place at Bangor University’s Henfaes Research Centre at Abergwyngregyn, just off the A55 expressway and five miles to the east of Bangor. It is a lovely rural location with views to the Carneddau hills and not far from the sea at the northern end of the Menai Straits.

The facilities are excellent with lectures taking place in a converted barn and with an apiary just a couple of hundred metres away.

If you have always wanted to learn about honeybees and how beekeepers work with them, then a one- day Taster course may be just what’s needed. If you are intent on getting bees at some point, then the two-day weekend course is aimed at getting you started. With both courses, there is a mix of lecture room instruction and apiary work with the bees. You will be under the guidance of experienced beekeepers and will be provided with protective bee suits and gloves for the apiary work.

We have set provisional dates for courses next year in 2021. We are encouraging those who would like to join us for a course to contact us on [email protected] and to indicate a date(s) and which course is of interest.

We are not taking bookings at present but will pencil in all those who express an interest. When we are able to be more certain about the dates, we will set up the on-line booking facility, but this is unlikely to be until we are in the New Year the way things seem to be going. All those who express an interest will be advised.

Weekend Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2021

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Dates: May 1st & 2nd
Time: 9.30am- 5pm
Cost: £145 pp

Details

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, 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

Weekend Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2021

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Dates: May 15th & 16th
Time: 9.30am- 5pm
Cost: £145 pp

Details

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, 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

Weekend Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2021

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Dates: June 5th & 6th .
Time: 9.30am- 5pm
Cost: £145 pp

Details

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, 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

Beekeeping Taster Day courses 2021

Location: Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn
Dates: May 22nd and June 19th and July 3rd .
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: £60 pp

Details

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

Location

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. www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk/accommodation 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! www.groesinn.com 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. www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/Bangor 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. www.castlewales.co.uk 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. www.premierinn.com 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. www.tynhendrefarm.co.uk 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. www.dunoonhotel.co.uk Tel: 01492 860787