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An Introduction to Beekeeping

By Gwenyn Gruffydd

Have you ever thought about keeping bees but feel that you’re not quite ready? Then why not attend one of our one day introductory courses to beekeeping. Learn the art of beekeeping direct from the expert, in a totally relaxed and informal environment. With over 10 years experience, Gruffydd has a vast knowledge of the art of beekeeping, and would love to share this knowledge with other enthusiasts. This one-day introductory course combines practical hands-on beekeeping with the relevant theory. The workshop is lots of fun and includes all the essential information to leave you confident about looking after your own bees.

By using Gruffydd’s unique approach to beekeeping, personal strategies, tools and tactics you will be able to streamline, innovate and maximise your beekeeping enterprise. Whether you want to produce your own honey or perhaps you’re thinking of starting your own honey business, this is the perfect starting point.

The course runs from 10am until approximately 3.30pm on our honey farm in Carmathenshire.

Maximum 6 participants.

Please see full course details below.


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What you'll learn:

Bee Basics - The day will begin with a warm welcome and refreshments and the first half of the day will be based in the barn where we will go through all the basics to get you started. We will cover many topics including; What hive to get? Where to get the hive? Where to get the equipment and where to get the bees?  We will also teach you all the management techniques you will need from swarming, feeding, producing honey and you're beekeeping year. Included in the workshop is a print-off of the training so you can refresh at a later date

Lunch - We’ll aim to break for lunch at around 1pm

Practical - the rest of the afternoon will be spent hands-on at the apiary, going through numerous beehives on the farm. This is where you build up your knowledge and confidence. We’ll guide you how to confidently work with the bees from opening the hive, to recognising the types of bees, explain what they’re doing in different parts of the hive.

Q&A - We'll finish the day with tea and cake and the opportunity to ask questions. It will be the ideal opportunity for you to share with us the challenges you've experienced and for us to provide practical solutions as well as looking in-depth at the pros and cons of various pieces of equipment available on the market.

The Essentials

  • The beekeeping workshop will run from 10am until around 3.30pm and includes refreshments and lunch.

  • We will provide bee suits and gloves.

  • You can handle the bees as much or as little as you'd like

  • Please check the weather for SA32 and dress appropriately. Bring a pair of wellies and please do not wear perfume or cologne!

  • All delegates will be required to sign a declaration in order to partake in the day’s activities.​

  • Suitable for ages 16+

What happens next? All workshop confirmations and supporting information will be emailed to you, including a reminder the week before the workshop with details and directions to the farm.

“We are delighted to welcome Mêl Gwenyn Gruffydd Honey to Discover Delicious. An award-winning, family run business producing exceptional Welsh artisan honey, we’re sure you’ll love their Great Taste award-winning honeys as much as we do!”

Mêl Gwenyn Gruffydd Honey is an award-winning family business run by husband and wife team, Angharad and Gruffydd in rural Carmarthenshire. Mêl Gwenyn Gruffydd Honey is a single origin pure honey and is renowned for being one of the finest quality and a great example of a multi-floral Welsh honey. Our honey is a wonderful mix of multifloral wildflower, hedgerow and blossom, and because our honey is always unpasteurised and minimally filtered, it tastes exactly as the bees intended. It is also rich in pollen, retaining all its natural, pure goodness and health benefits. 

Our hives are dotted across rural locations in Carmarthenshire and produce exceptional tasting honey, helped by all the rain that Carmarthenshire receives! Gruffydd does all of the beekeeping and Angharad does the marketing, jarring and labelling- all by hand; a truly artisan product. We are passionate about helping to reverse the decline of the honeybee, and are taking a number of steps to help this cause. By making numerous TV and radio appearances, speaking regularly at community group meetings, school talks and workshops as well as our ‘Adopt a Hive’ Scheme for organisations and businesses seeking innovative solutions for corporate social responsibility and offering beekeeping workshops and experience days, we hope to make this dream a reality.

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Shipping policy

Here at Mêl Gwenyn Gruffydd Honey, our orders are sent via Hermes delivery and should arrive within 3-5 working days from ordering. Larger items are likely to be sent out via overnight courier.