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Hands On Beekeeping Beginners Course

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 54 reviews.Blackalls Park, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Martin

4 hours
Includes food, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Saturdays $85 per person. Any other day $150 (due to low numbers on weekdays).

We'll be going into a hands-on beekeeping fun and educational experience. After an introduction and safety lesson, you will be taught how to be a beekeeper including topics such as tools and equipment, bee life cycles and roles, pests and diseases, Queen rearing. Flow hive Q & A. How to merge a hive, how to move a hive, how to catch a swarm, how to split a hive.

Following the theory lesson, a quick break and another chance for tea/coffee. In the second half, we will get suited into the protective clothing and start the hands-on part. We will first light the smokers (to make the bees docile) then I will demonstrate opening up a beehive for an inspection.

Then it is over to you, it's your turn to open up a beehive, pull out the frames one by one and try to find the queen, check she is laying eggs properly, check there are no pests or parasites attacking the hive on the inside and check the bees are building the comb straight.

Tastings of various honeys to follow.

PROTECTIVE SUITS PROVIDED

I only have adult-sized bee suits and holding beehive frames requires some strength, therefore children under 12 cannot participate. Any younger than 12 must provide own suit, contact me first and make a special arrangement.

Run time is approximate.

No cancellations under 1 week from the starting date.
Saturdays $85 per person. Any other day $150 (due to low numbers on weekdays).

We'll be going into a hands-on beekeeping fun and educational experience. After an introduction and safety lesson, you will be taught how to be a beekeeper including topics such as tools and equipment, bee life cycles and roles, pests and diseases, Queen rearing. Flow hive Q & A. How to merge a hive, how to move a hive, how to catch a swarm, how to split a…

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What's included

  • Food
    Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
  • Equipment
    PROTECTIVE BEE SUITS
From $62
/ person
Wed, Oct 7
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$110 per person
$110 per person
Thu, Oct 8
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$110 per person
$110 per person
Fri, Oct 9
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
$110 per person
$110 per person

Meet your host, Martin

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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About me: I have been a hobby beekeeper since 2014 and care for several hundred thousand bees. In addition to honey, I am the owner of Honey Wines Australia, the only operating meadery in the Hunter Region.
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Where you'll be

The workshop experience will be taking place in my large back yard.

As the majority of the class takes place on grass in my yard. I am not sure if it would suit anyone in a wheelchair.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 54 reviews.

Shan
August 2020
Martin not only knows about beekeeping, but imparts his knowledge in an easy, friendly manner, complete with great stories. The experience is a great blend of theory and hands on practical work with lots of fun and laughs and Martin is more than happy to answer as many questions as possible, both during and after the course.
Martin not only knows about beekeeping, but imparts his knowledge in an easy, friendly manner, complete with great stories. The experience is a great blend of theory and hands on p…
Cath
August 2020
Martin is a fantastic teacher and a font of knowledge when it comes to beekeeping. This is a total immersion in beekeeping and the interaction, checking the hives and the experience of realising that you have approx 40 bees just sitting on your leg is pretty awesome. We had a lot of fun, had all of our questions asked and I would recommend this experience to anyone who is even remotely interested in bees or beekeeping.
Martin is a fantastic teacher and a font of knowledge when it comes to beekeeping. This is a total immersion in beekeeping and the interaction, checking the hives and the experienc…
Stefan
August 2020
Martin presented some really fantastic information , very easy to understand and educational in a peaceful setting with a great hands-on practical at the end of the day . Thank you from Nicole and Stefan .
Cleo
August 2020
This is a great experience for anyone who is a beginner to beekeeping. Martin devotes equal time to theory and practical experience. Both aspects are informed by his knowledge and passion for beekeeping. Martin has given me the skills and knowledge to start my own hive and I would highly recommend the experience to others.
This is a great experience for anyone who is a beginner to beekeeping. Martin devotes equal time to theory and practical experience. Both aspects are informed by his knowledge and…
Katarina
July 2020
Great course for introduction into bees for new amateur beekeepers. Martin was very knowledgeable and helped with any questions. I would highly recommend.
Dallas
December 2019
Great experience. We went as a family and found the whole experience great. Martin is very knowledgeable. The theory was great covering all areas of beehive keeping but the practical hands on was also good. The whole family walked away happy and totally enjoyed the experience. Thankyou
Great experience. We went as a family and found the whole experience great. Martin is very knowledgeable. The theory was great covering all areas of beehive keeping but the practic…

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  • Wed, Oct 7
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person
  • Thu, Oct 8
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person
  • Fri, Oct 9
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person
  • Wed, Oct 14
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person
  • Thu, Oct 15
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $110 per person
  • Fri, Oct 16
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person
  • Sat, Oct 17
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $62 per person
  • Wed, Oct 21
    10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    $110 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

There is a slight chance of being stung by a bee. For that reason I would not suggest this for those with a bee allergy. This typically only happens when people wear inappropriate shoes or socks.

What to bring

Fully enclosed shoes.

Normal length white socks. NOT ANKLE SOCKS.