Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Do you want to know more about honey bees?

This year we are offering a one-day course for those who want to know more about bees and beekeeping before taking their curiosity a step further and booking a place on a beginners' course.

It will take place at Awbridge Village Hall on Sunday 17th July 2022 from 10:00 till 16:00.

Numbers will be restricted so that everyone who attends has a good hands-on experience with the bees.

(If the weather is against us we will still provide an interesting and full day, and will arrange a visit to the bees at another time)

The Taster Day will cover:
  • A little light theory about the lifecycle of the honey bee, a beekeeper's tasks through the year, the importance of forage and pollinators
  • We will visit the bees, open a hive, and everyone will be able to handle a frame of bees under supervision
  • Practical sessions include lighting a smoker, making a frame, taking an empty hive apart to see what is inside, and a few words about stings and safety
  • Local honey will be available for tasting and purchase

The cost for the day is £90 per person which includes light refreshments; you should bring a packed lunch.

We can lend protective clothing but you will need to bring sturdy footwear and gloves; wellies and washing-up gloves are perfect.

If you would like further information please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com

Please be aware that a taster day is a good lead into a beginners' course but is not adequate preparation for taking on a colony of bees.