Beekeeping Taster Sessions
Surrey Docks Farm offer’s Beekeeping Taster Sessions in the Summer, the next workshops will be in August 2023. These sessions are adults who are interested in beekeeping and who would like to learn a little more.
These workshops are led by Danyal Conn our beekeeper. Danyal started keeping bees in 2010. An initial fascination with bees soon became and obsession which then went on to include social insects, pollinating insects and eventually all insects. Over the years he has taught parts of the introductory beekeeping course and practical beekeeping training and mentoring for his local beekeepers associations. In 2016 he started working in a bee research lab at Queen Mary University of London and since 2019 he has been involved in maintaining the hives at Surrey Docks Farm.
The sessions start with an overview of the workings of a beehive and how bees make honey. We then get into our beekeepers suits and take a look inside the Farm’s hive and meet the bees. At the end of the session you’ll have the chance to sample a range of different honey.
The sessions are interactive, hands-on and fun! There is plenty of time for questions and discussion and you’ll leave with a detailed handout to remind you of everything you’ve learnt.
Find out what previous participants thought of the sessions:
“The teacher was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He shared his love of beekeeping and his enthusiasm was infectious. The content was excellent. The setting couldn’t be better – a working city farm with a real sense of community and inclusion.”
“Excellent information. Excellent experience. Excellent honey!”
“The Beekeeper really knew his stuff and it was fascinating to get an overview of what beekeeping entails. A particular highlight was the chance to look into a hive and getting hands-on picking up various sections of an active hive.”
“It was a brilliant workshop. We loved being in our beekeeper suit among the bees, seeing their home and learning about their community. Tasting different types of honey after was fascinating – better than wine-tasting!”
Refund Policy: Full refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop date. Please be aware no refunds are available for cancellations within 30 days.
Accessibility: The main Farm site itself is accessible, however one room is only accessed by a flight of stairs and during some workshops we may enter horticulture areas that have uneven ground. If you have any accessibility requirements please contact us before booking.
Beekeeping Taster Sessions
The sessions will run from 4pm to 6:30pm. Sessions will consist of a short introduction session to explain how a beehive works, how bees make honey etc, including time for questions. Following this we’ll get you in a bee suit and you’ll get to open up a hive and enjoy a hands-on session with our bees.
You don’t need to bring anything other than yourselves and either wear or bring a pair of thick socks. We’ll provide you with boots, gloves and a bee suit!