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 can no longer take bookings for courses provisionally planned for this spring and summer and which, although fully booked, remain uncertain. Also, with regret, we have closed our waiting lists. However, we look forward to a post-Covid beekeeping season in 2022. Of course, the bees are blissfully unaware of all of this!
It is with regret that we have no choice, once again, but to cancel / re-schedule the courses provisionally planned for May and June and early July. We are still not in a good place yet due to the Corona Virus restrictions.
After the announcement, a couple of days ago for England, it seems that, with a fair wind, from the 21st of June restrictions may well be lifted. We still don’t know the situation for Wales but are hopeful. So, we have taken the view that we will offer dates during mid-July, August, and early September on a provisional basis. I will be circulating the dates in the next week to all those who want to enrol along with the conditions which we think will apply.
We will re-schedule places based on existing bookings. So, for example, those listed on our first weekend course will be offered places on the first rescheduled weekend course. If the new dates do not work for you, then we will try to accommodate what does. We will endeavour to place all those with bookings and those on the waiting lists.
We are deeply sorry to mess people about, but we will do our best to get you onto one of our courses this summer.
Thank you for your forbearance and support.
The Courses Team.
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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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|