We provide 5 hour beekeeping workshops aimed at teaching people how to keep bees at home
8 Frame Honey provide educational workshops with a focus on keeping bees at home. Handling bees for the first time is a mixture of excitement, fear, exhilaration and nerves. Our workshops are designed to provide you with enough information to set up and manage your own colony of bees. They are hands-on, fun and educational. We run courses between October and March each year. Exact dates are determined by the weather. Courses start in the mornings so we are finished before the hottest part of the day. It also gives you a chance to have a late lunch at a local winery while you are in the area!
We keep our participant numbers very low (a maximum of five) to ensure participants are mentored through the process and receive as much hands on time as possible.
You will learn about the types of hives available, the main differences between hives, which hives are suitable for you, the protective equipment needed to start bee keeping, when and how to inspect your hive, what to look for and how to extract honey from your hive. Most of the workshop is spent outside around the hives.
Participants can expect to undertake several full hive inspections. This includes assessing colony health and strength, disease checks and discussions about the resources available to the bees at the time. Each participant can expect to suit up in protective equipment (provided by us), open a hive, use a smoker to calm the colony (if required) and remove and inspect frames from the hives. If the bees have produced enough honey at the time of the workshop, participants are able to extract a frame of honey. This includes removing the wax cappings from the honey in the frame and assisting with the removal and straining of the honey.
Who enjoys our educational workshops?
There are many reasons people attend our educational workshops, below are some of the reasons:
- People who have considered keeping bees at home and want a taste of beekeeping before spending a significant amount of money setting up a colony
- People who love honey and know it tastes better when it is produced at home or locally and isn’t heat treated to make it more commercially profitable
- Parents and children who are bonding while engaging in a shared passion or learning a new hobby
- People who understand how important bees are to our food production and want to help increase our bee populations
- Couples looking for unique dating experiences
- People who want to increase the yields of their own fruit and vegetable gardens
- People who are fascinated by bees
Our workshops make great gifts!
Where are workshops run?
We regularly run beekeeping workshops from our apiary in Bywong. Bywong is approximately 20 minutes north of Canberra, just off the Federal Highway. The exact address is provided after you book your course and we receive your payment.
Hands-on beekeeping workshops are not run between early April and September as the hives remain closed for winter during this period.
Our courses can be booked from our online store here. We also offer gift vouchers or certificate to attend a particular course. These make perfect gift ideas for people who are passionate about sustainability, the environment or who prefer experiences of material gifts.