BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCE DAYS AT QUINCE HONEY FARM

The Beekeeping Experience Day is back – another chance to get hands on with a hive at one of the UK’s leading honey farms.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural sessions, Quince Honey Farm in South Molton is once again offering six Beekeeping Experience Days over the summer of 2018.

If you or someone you know has ever thought about keeping bees or would just like to know more about these fascinating creatures, then this one-day course provides the perfect opportunity to get an introduction into the craft. It offers an unrivalled chance to get close to the bees and learn everything there is to know about beekeeping, all in the glorious North Devon countryside.

Quince Honey Farm’s Master Beekeeper Paddy Wallace and his son and business partner Ian, lead the day. Ian said, “We are passionate about bees and beekeeping at Quince Honey Farm, and are delighted to offer this practical, one day course. Keeping bees can be so rewarding and we want to pass on our knowledge and hopefully inspire people to have a hive or two themselves.”

The day begins by sampling some different honey products such as mead, honey chutney and Quince’s own seasonal varieties of honey, including Dandelion (spring), Devon Flower (summer), Exmoor Heather (late summer) and Ivy (winter). Then it’s time to get suited up in full protective clothing to be shown, up close, the inner workings of a hive.

In the afternoon, after a freshly prepared lunch and a guided tour of Quince Honey Farm’s unique BeeWorld attraction, participants will do some real beekeeping, as they conduct a supervised ‘Beehive Inspection’. They will care for the hive in whatever fashion is needed, as dictated by the weather and condition of the colony, be it feeding, collecting honey or inspecting the brood nest for diseases.

Throughout the day Paddy and Ian will share their knowledge and offer up tips and advice on keeping bees, in a fun and engaging manner to ensure everyone comes away buzzing with excitement on a day well spent.

North Devon residents Martyn and Lorraine Babb, who are keen to keep bees in the future, took part last year, and said, “We really enjoyed it. It was very informative and built a confidence in handling bees and the hives. We would certainly recommend this, even if you are not thinking of keeping bees, but just interested in their welfare and contribution to the world we live in.”

With bees and beekeeping hitting the headlines now more than ever, it really is a fantastic time to get involved and help bees to thrive in the British countryside.

The Beekeeping Experience Day costs £135 per person, including lunch and refreshments, and runs on Thursday 24 May, Saturday 26 May, Thursday 14 June, Saturday 16 June, Thursday 5 July and Saturday 7 July. Ideal as a gift for a loved one or as an informative day out for yourself.

For more information or to book, contact Quince Honey Farm on 01769 572401, email admin@quincehoneyfarm.co.uk or visit the website at www.quincehoneyfarm.co.uk.