"We once grew food without chemicals, but we never grew food without bees"
The Beekeeping taster course is a 10 hour course spread over two days for adults over 19 years old and will include a mix of discussion in the classroom and demonstration in the apiary.
The course aims to introduce participants to the way beekeeping involves working with the bees’ natural instincts and how bees provide humans with a useful indicator as to the health of our environment.
Participants (properly suited!) will spend time examining bees close-up and identifying some of the aspects of bee behavior we will have discussed in class including:
- Lifecycle of the individual bee
- Lifecycle of the honeybee colony
- Bee cooperation and communication
- Requirements of the honeybee colony
- Beekeeping as a collaboration
- Examples of beekeeping methods, techniques and equipment.
Meet Tristram Sutton
Tristram Sutton is Walworth Garden's current onsite beekeeper.
What you need to know
No previous experience is required!
Beekeeping is a two day workshop that will start on Friday at 15:00 - 18:00 and will be continued on Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Your bee-suit will be provided on the day.
Please remember to bring footwear and socks that cover both feet and ankles.
The workshop is held at the Garden, you can find details on how to get here via our Your Visit page.
If you're a Southwark resident of more than 2 years and are over 19 years old you can attend one free workshop a year with us!* We ask that you pay a £10 deposit for your place which will be refunded electronically on the next working day after the workshop. We have a limited number of free places, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
Please note that when selecting the ticket type Southwark / Lambeth Resident you must be over 19 years old and have lived in Southwark for more than 2 years. If you have attended a workshop with us as a funded Southwark / Lambeth Resident place within September 2017 and July 2018; and would like to attend more workshops, then you will be required to pay.