We offer the following fun courses:
8 Frame Honey provide educational workshops with a focus on keeping bees at home. 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 two standard courses, a 2.5 hour introductory workshop and a 5 hour workshop.
Handling bees for the first time is a mixture of excitement, fear, exhilaration and nerves. We keep our participant numbers very low 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 types of plants bees are attracted to, 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 occurs outside and around the hives.
2.5 Hour Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop
The 2.5 hour Introduction to Beekeeping workshop is designed to give participants the knowledge of what to expect if you decided to keep bees. Each participant can expect to suit up in protective equipment, open a hive, use a smoker to calm the colony and remove and inspect a frame from a hive. 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. We run our workshops at specific times of the year to give our participants the greatest chance of being able to experience honey extraction.
Our workshops are designed for maximum hands on time and mentoring. Participant numbers are limited for your benefit.
5 Hour Beekeeping Workshop
The 5 hour Beekeeping workshop covers the same topics as the 2.5 hour course however this course is designed with a more in-depth focus. In addition to the 2.5 hour components, participants can expect to undertake a full hive inspection including disease checks and be given individual advice on which hive would best suit their needs, their purpose for keeping bees and their physical abilities. Participants will also have the opportunity to prepare and light a smoker, inspect an entire box of frames or numerous bars if working a top bar hive and take home a beekeeping book written for Australian conditions.
In order to tailor the workshop to individual needs and provide more time handling the bees, these workshops are limited to either two individuals or one family/household. If you would like to arrange a 5 hour course please contact us here with your preferred dates and times and we will organise a time suitable for you!
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 during school holidays or weekend adventures
- 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!
When are workshops run?
We regularly run beekeeping workshops from about the beginning of October through to mid February depending on the weather and available food (flowers) for the bees. Hands-on beekeeping workshops are not run between Anzac Day and September as the hives remain closed for winter during this period.
Our DIY courses are run all year round with extra courses scheduled over the ACT and NSW school holidays to help you keep your kids entertained!
We offer scheduled workshops that you can book using our online store here or alternatively if you have two or more people wishing to attend a private workshop please email us using our contact form and we will arrange a time that suits you. This is a great gift option!