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.

The first will be at Awbridge Village Hall on Friday 16th July and another on Sunday 15th August.

Numbers will be restricted depending on Government rules at the time, and also to make sure 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 day is £60 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.