One Day Beekeeping Training for Beginners 2022

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Have you ever thought about keeping bees? Maybe you feel like you're not quite ready or lack the confidence to do it? Or maybe you have already started but need some help?  

How would you like Gruffydd Rees himself to teach you the art of beekeeping at his farm? Gruffydd will show you how to do inspections, tell you what to look out for and how to avoid doing mistakes. In a totally relaxed non corporate way.

Gruffydd has been keeping bees for 11 years and has a vast of knowledge when it comes to beekeeping and he wants to share it with you. 

By using Gruffydd’s unique approach to beekeeping, personal strategies, tools and tactics you will be able to streamline, innovate and maximise your beekeeping enterprise. Whether you want to produce your own honey or start your honey business or as part of a diversification plan.

This one-day introductory course combines practical hands-on beekeeping with the relevant theory. The workshop is lots of fun and includes all the essential information to leave you confident about looking after your own bees.

The course runs from 10am until approximately 4pm on our honey farm.

(10 minutes from Llandeilo and 20 minutes from Carmarthen by car)

Maximum 8 people per course

Please see full course details on the bottom of this page along with full Terms and Conditions.

 

What you'll learn:

Bee Basics - The day will begin with welcome and refreshments and the first half of the day will be based in the barn where we will go through all the basics to get you started. We will cover many topics including; What hive to get? Where to get the hive? Where to get the equipment and where to get the bees?  We will also teach you all the management techniques you will need from swarming, feeding, producing honey and you're beekeeping year. Included in the workshop you will get a print-off of the training so you can refresh your brain once you leave.


Lunch - We’ll aim to break for lunch at around 1pm

Practical - the rest of the afternoon will be spent hands-on at the apiary, going through numerous beehives on the farm. This is where you build up your knowledge and confidence. We’ll guide you how to confidently work with the bees from opening the hive, to recognising the types of bees, explain what they’re doing in different parts of the hive. 

Q&A - We finish the day with tea and cake and the opportunity to ask questions. It will be the ideal opportunity for you to share with us the challenges you've experienced and for us to provide practical solutions as well as looking in-depth at the pros and cons of various pieces of equipment available on the market.



The Essentials
  • The beekeeping workshop will run from 10am until around 4pm and includes refreshments and lunch.
  • The course has a classroom based morning session and a hands-on practical session in the afternoon. We will provide bee suits and gloves. 
  • You can handle the bees as much or as little as you'd like
  • Please check the weather for SA32 and dress appropriately. Bring a pair of wellies and please do not wear perfume or cologne!
  • All delegates will be required to sign a declaration in oder to partake in the day’s activities.
  • Suitable for ages 16+.

 

Your instructor for the day will be Gruffydd...

Gruffydd along with his wife runs our small award winning honey business from our smallholding in rural Carmarthenshire. Gruffydd has been keeping bees for 10 years and has gained immense experience during these years and now cares for around 70 colonies of his own bees. Gruffydd is Welsh first language and is able to deliver the course through the medium of Welsh or English. He is a passionate beekeeper and wants to encourage more people to discover the exciting and beneficial hobby of beekeeping. He has completed his Disease Assurance Scheme for Honeybees (dash) with the National Bee Unit. Gruffydd is a familiar face in the beekeeping world and regularly does talks and presentations to groups.


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?


All workshop confirmations and supporting information will be emailed to you, including a reminder the week before the workshop with details and directions to the farm.

Terms and Conditions

Unfortunately we can't predict or control the weather. If, on the day we decide that the weather is too poorly to inspect the bees then a 40% refund will be given and the morning session will run as planned.

Cancellations

We put a lot of energy into organising our courses so that all involved enjoy the day. If you are unable to attend the course after booking and get in touch with us at least one month before, we will try to move you to another course date where possible. Please note: 25% of your course fee is non-refundable if you cancel your place over one month before the course date. I'm afraid that should you cancel your place less than one month before the course we are unable to refund your purchase.

Customer Reviews

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David

My son and I had a great day learning about bees. Informal, friendly, small group. Some talks in morning and then hands on with the bees. Clearly Gruffydd enthusiastic about bees and that rubs off. Really good way to learn ( complete novice with no previous experience) couple of weeks later have hive, all the kit required and a colony of bees all through Gwenyngruffydd. They have been extremely helpful and supportive and continue to be a point of contact if needed . would recommend without hesitation.

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Neville Jones
Superb introduction to Beekeeping

Thoroughly enjoyed this course provided by Gruff and Angharad.
Fantastic welcome, refreshments, theoretical session, lunch and (most exciting) practical experience in the afternoon.
I thoroughly recommend this course for those who are thinking of taking up beekeeping.
Excellent value for money since it furnishes you with all the knowledge and practical experience you need to get started.
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Ed
Buzzin’

Great day learning the basics of beekeeping to the point I would be confident to start and know I can get any advice from Gruff and Angharad to keep me on track.
You can feel the passion and enthusiasm Gruff feels for their bees and their honey. No hard sell which is refreshing and a lovely lunch included. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in bees or beekeeping 👍🐝😃

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Mansaray Katrina.Mrs
Amazing experience, highly recommend

What can I say, we had the most amazing training day with the very lovely Angharad and Gruff. On arrival we had drinks and biscuits, fruit, fresh prepared (with fruit) water and Angharad and Gruff were so welcoming (and their 2 little boys). We then had the theory lesson which was so interesting, Gruff is amazing. He has a real zeal for his work and it comes through in his training and all our queries were answered. Lunch arrived....wow!! In the afternoon we got to see the bees in action and got to see the theory lesson in practice. I must say that whether you would like to keep bees or not, this is still a course I would definitely recommend. It's one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was such a happy day, spent with a lovely, hard working family who have created a real wonderful venture. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours. Book it people, recommend it 100%

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Robert Talliss
Fantastic course!

Huge thanks to Angharad and Gruff or a very sound days training course. Theory in the morning and a practical in the afternoon.

The morning session was set at the right level and pace providing the newbee with sound knowledge and a desire to learn more.

After a great lunch we then walked to one of their apiaries and watched as Gruff inspected his hives and showed us the practical side of beekeeping. We all had the opportunity to be ‘hands on’ and handle frames.

I’d thoroughly recommend this training day.🐝

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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David

My son and I had a great day learning about bees. Informal, friendly, small group. Some talks in morning and then hands on with the bees. Clearly Gruffydd enthusiastic about bees and that rubs off. Really good way to learn ( complete novice with no previous experience) couple of weeks later have hive, all the kit required and a colony of bees all through Gwenyngruffydd. They have been extremely helpful and supportive and continue to be a point of contact if needed . would recommend without hesitation.

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Neville Jones
Superb introduction to Beekeeping

Thoroughly enjoyed this course provided by Gruff and Angharad.
Fantastic welcome, refreshments, theoretical session, lunch and (most exciting) practical experience in the afternoon.
I thoroughly recommend this course for those who are thinking of taking up beekeeping.
Excellent value for money since it furnishes you with all the knowledge and practical experience you need to get started.
🐝

E
Ed
Buzzin’

Great day learning the basics of beekeeping to the point I would be confident to start and know I can get any advice from Gruff and Angharad to keep me on track.
You can feel the passion and enthusiasm Gruff feels for their bees and their honey. No hard sell which is refreshing and a lovely lunch included. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in bees or beekeeping 👍🐝😃

M
Mansaray Katrina.Mrs
Amazing experience, highly recommend

What can I say, we had the most amazing training day with the very lovely Angharad and Gruff. On arrival we had drinks and biscuits, fruit, fresh prepared (with fruit) water and Angharad and Gruff were so welcoming (and their 2 little boys). We then had the theory lesson which was so interesting, Gruff is amazing. He has a real zeal for his work and it comes through in his training and all our queries were answered. Lunch arrived....wow!! In the afternoon we got to see the bees in action and got to see the theory lesson in practice. I must say that whether you would like to keep bees or not, this is still a course I would definitely recommend. It's one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was such a happy day, spent with a lovely, hard working family who have created a real wonderful venture. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours. Book it people, recommend it 100%

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Robert Talliss
Fantastic course!

Huge thanks to Angharad and Gruff or a very sound days training course. Theory in the morning and a practical in the afternoon.

The morning session was set at the right level and pace providing the newbee with sound knowledge and a desire to learn more.

After a great lunch we then walked to one of their apiaries and watched as Gruff inspected his hives and showed us the practical side of beekeeping. We all had the opportunity to be ‘hands on’ and handle frames.

I’d thoroughly recommend this training day.🐝