Build a beehive day


A fun practical day spent learning how to assemble a beehive from a flatpack kit.  All tools, fixings, and flatpack hive parts are provided.  You will take home a fully assembled British-cedar national beehive and frames worth just under £400!

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    This is an advance order, we will contact you when the hens are available for collection.

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    Available Dates

    7th April 2024
    16th June 2024
    29th September 2024


    One day: 9.30am - 4.30pm

    1. Classroom introduction and H&S briefing
    2. Hive and Frame assembly: Guiding, via demonstration, each student to assemble their own cedar hive and frames which they take home
    This course includes the cost of the hive comprising:
    Open mesh floor with entrance block.
    Standard brood box with 11 frames and 11 sheets of bs deep wired foundation.
    Two super boxes, each with 10 frames and 10 sheets of bs shallow wired foundation.
    Plastic queen excluder.
    Crown-board with two plastic porter bee escapes
    4” roof (or slightly deeper)

    What to Expect

    An intensive informal and practical day learning how to assemble a complete beehive and frames from a flatpack kit. Each student will take home a good quality, fully assembled hive in which they can use to keep bees along with a comprehensive guide to use for assembling equipment in the future

    What to Bring

    Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
    Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
    Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.
    Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start

    Cancellation Policy:

    To ensure all attendees get the best experience from their training we only run our courses in small groups.

    We therefore must operate with a strict cancellation policy:  Refunds (or booking transfers) are not given for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course.  If a cancellation is made with more than 2 weeks notice but within 6 weeks of the course date, then we will try to re-sell your tickets, if we are successful then a refund will be issued for the full amount less a £10 administration fee.  If a cancellation is made with more than 6 weeks notice, then a full refund will be issued.

    Click here to view our Terms & Conditions or contact us for further details.

    Oliver St.John


    Oliver has been keeping bees for many years and was one of the first beekeepers in Sussex to pass the BBKA’s Honeybee Health assessment and is working his way through the other assessments and exams to hopefully one day become a Master Beekeeper.   An Army Instructor during his time in the British Army – he now teaches various beekeeping courses across the County as well as being the Education Coordinator for East Grinstead Beekeepers Association.

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