Experience days are tailored to give you a flavour of bee keeping. You will have a chance to open and explore the inner workings of the hive. You will learn about the various stages of the brood and to identify the caste of bees. “the Queens in there somewhere!” You will learn to handle the bees under the supervision of the David The Bee Farmer. Your first delve into a hives can be daunting. David takes you through the exercise at a steady pace.
Groups are small. No more than three people. The bee suits are provided, you need only bring a pair of Wellington boots, a pair of rubber gloves (Marigolds) and a sense of adventure. Take as many photos and ask as many questions as you wish.
The experience session lasts about two hours. There are two session a day. The morning session starts at 10.30am, the afternoon session starts at 1.30pm. Put the date and start time you would like in the notes section of the booking. We will confirm the details by return.
The experience day can be booked for any day and is wholly dependent on the weather. The weather needs to be warm and dry. Should adverse weather be forecast for the day of the session the session will be rescheduled. We will confirm the session is to go ahead on day before the session.
If the experience day is a gift why not have a gift card sent as an invitation to the recipient of the taster day. Use the gift card option from the shop and leave details for delivery.
Colony visits are hosted by Cattows Farm. Not only is Cattows in a beautiful part of North West Leicestershire but has a Tea room from which to enjoy it. Next to the tea room is a farm shop featuring farm grown and the pick of local produce. Cattows also has an extensive pick your own fruit area. Lots to do for anyone accompanying you whilst you visit the bees.
The cost is per person (there are discounts for groups)
Session length – about 2 hours.
Start Time – no earlier than 10am
Cancellation – If for any reason the session is cancelled by you, 25% of the session fee will be retained and the balance returned to the account that booked the session. The price quoted includes VAT.
Bee keeping raises much curiosity which is why I do not allow spectators. The spectator will, inevitably, end up looking in the hives too! They also need to be kept safe.
Please note that the season for visits to the hives is May to September. By all means purchase a voucher outside the season to redeem it at a date to be arranged.
Please advise me of any medical conditions ahead of the event.
Any questions please email me email@example.com