Beekeeping Experience

(26 customer reviews)

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Now out of stock! We have unfortunately sold all of our experiences for the 2022 season. As a small business we only have so much time, but don’t worry we are actively looking to take someone on to help us run more courses next year! We expect to start selling vouchers again in September ready for 2023. If you already have a voucher you can book it – here

This beekeeping experience lasts between one and two hours. The experience includes a complimentary drink and packet of ‘perfect for pollinators’ wildflower seeds per person.

To make sure you get the most personal experience possible we don’t mix bookings, that means if you order a voucher for 1 person it will a 1 on 1 session, doing this means we can provide each guest or group of guests with a tailored experience and move through the experience at a pace you are comfortable with.

The Itinerary

Meet at our farm, 5 minutes from Junction 10 of the M42 (Full directions will be given post booking)

Get a drink and have around 30 minutes talking about beekeeping, the bees and the equipment needed

Go out to the Apiary and get suited up

Go through the tools we will use and light the smoker

Open up a hive and go through doing a full inspection, I will be pointing things of interest as we go

Photo opportunity and last chance to ask any questions


1 person – £40

2 people – £70

3 people – £85

4 people – £100

If you have already purchased or been given a beekeeping voucher please redeem it here

Please note that vouchers cannot be redeemed after 12 months from the purchase date, expired vouchers will not be refunded.

Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult at all times, the minimum age is 10.

Although we will be wearing protective clothing there is the possibility of getting stung so if you know you are allergic to bee stings please do not book this experience. We recommend bringing wellies to keep your ankles protected.


Additional information

Weight0.02 kg
Dimensions29 × 10 × 0.1 cm
Number of Guests

1, 2, 3, 4

Voucher Type

Print your own Voucher (Free), Get your Voucher Printed on Card and posted to you (+£1.00)

Average rating

26 Review
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26 reviews for Beekeeping Experience

  1. Marie

    Had an excellent bee keeping experience at Holt Hall Apiary. Matthew really knows his stuff and we learned such a lot about the life of bees. Being able to get up close and handle the frames was absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has even the slightest interest in bees and nature.

  2. Gemma

    Our group had a great time at the Beekeeping Experience yesterday. We were given an info pack with wildlife attracting seeds and had an informative talk over a cold drink (very needed in the heat!) where Matthew told us about bees and beekeeping. He was very knowledgeable when we bombarded him with questions! We then had a short walk to two hives and had a look inside to get to know the ‘anatomy’ of a beehive. We got to handle the frames and have an in-depth look at the comb, eggs and the different castes of bee (queen, workers and drones). Such a unique, unusual experience and highly recommended!

  3. Jeanette

    Had a wonderful family apiary experience today with the very knowledgeable and wonderful Matthew Ingram at Holt Apiary. Very well organised and pleasant experience from start to finish. Highly recommend a visit it’s well worth it and we learned loads and of course sampled the goods afterwards. No bees or humans were harmed during the experience. Thank you.

  4. Diane

    Just had a fantastic afternoon with Matthew showing and teaching us about the bees 🐝 on his course . highly recommended .

  5. Michelle

    Just had an amazing experience with the bees. Matthew is a very polite and informative young man!
    highly recommended.

  6. Ashley (store manager)

    Such a brilliant experience from start to finish.
    Really informative and so fascinating seeing the bees at work. Session starts with some theory and Matt is a really patient and knows his stuff. It’s completely safe and the bees are more nosey than anything.

  7. Danny Gratton (verified owner)

    Fascinating insight into a new world for both of us.Matthew has passion which comes across greatly and a slight fear of bees now replaced with utter respect at these amazing creatures.A great and insightful two hours.Many thanks Matthew.

  8. Jemma

    Fantastic experience, very interesting learning about how a hive works and the different roles the bees have. We then got to put on our bee suits and get up real close to the hive which was very exciting. It was fascinating seeing the bees at work. I would definitely recommend this experience

  9. Kelly

    Just back from a great bee keeping experience with Matthew who was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A great few hours that I’d highly recommend to anyone.

  10. Caroline

    We recently had a fantastic beekeeping experience at Holt Hall Apiary with Matthew – who is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about bees. It was absolutely fascinating to learn about the different bees and how the hive works over a coffee, before putting on our beekeeping suits and going out to handle the hives which was incredible! I would thoroughly recommend Matthew and the Holt Hall Apiary beekeeping experience!”

  11. Claire Campbell (verified owner)

    This was a brilliant way to spend my Saturday afternoon.
    Matthew is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic,and kind,and such a great host.
    I learnt so much about the Bees,and Beekeeping on the experience .
    I would definitely recommend Holt Hall Apiary Beekeeping experience ,to anyone keen to learn more about these amazing creatures.
    Many thanks Matthew😃

  12. Allen King

    I attended a beekeeping experience with Holt hall apiary this past Saturday and I can’t praise Matthew enough.

    He is very knowledgeable and is more than happy to answer questions and a discuss all aspects of beekeeping as well as the subtle differences between hobby beekeeping and commercial.

    Matthew is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable around the bees.

    When we got to the hive I was like a kid in a sweet shop (I think I his it well).

    Anyone with he slightest interest in beekeeping should be booking themselves onto one of these experiences. Just bee warned the frames are heavier than you think.

  13. Becky Phillips (verified owner)

    Me & The Wife attended a beekeeping experience at Holt hall apiary 12th July 2020.

    Matthew was a great host and very knowledgeable, and delivered the whole experience perfectly.

    He ensured you felt safe around the bees and explained step by step the process in how an apiary works

    I would recommend this experience 100%

    Thanks Again Matthew.

    Adam & Becky

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  14. Ellie (verified owner)

    We came along to the bee keeping experience today & it was fantastic! Matthew really knows his stuff about bees & we had a really interesting afternoon!
    Going into the hive itself was amazing, we really enjoyed it.
    Defo recommend to anyone who is interested in bees!
    Thank you Matthew for a fab day!

  15. Lesley Martin

    Thank you Matt for a really great experience in an amazing setting. The sun came out at just the right time!
    We learned lots about bees and hives and felt privileged to be able to get dressed up and handle the frames in the hive with so many bees – and the bees didn’t seem to mind too much.
    You just have to do this.
    Thank you again Matt

  16. Carol Ann Langman

    I had a wonderful time at the bee keeping experience. I was amazed at just how complex the life of a bee really is. Mathew is an excellent tutor and very informative. It was a novel experience to dress up in a full protective suit and have the bees swarming around you. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone with the slightest interest in bees.
    Carol Langman

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  17. Mark Pestridge

    Excellent and relaxing experience .
    Matthew makes you feel relaxed and his presentation is excellent .
    Beautiful surroundings and this experience as made my mind up , next year I will be buying myself my first bee hive and venturing in the bee keeping world .

    Thanks Matthew

    Regards Mark

  18. Clare Llewellyn

    Fab from start to finish.
    My partner came with me as a spectator. The informative talk at the start was very interesting and Matthew is well informed and knows his stuff!
    We spent around 30 mins with the bees and after being shown what to do Matthew let me check each frame carefully under his supervision.
    We saw many things that we had talked through at the start and it was an amazing experience.
    I purchased the lemon infused honey and new chocolate honey afterwards to try!
    Would highly recommend 🙂

  19. Cara poolton

    Fantastic couple of hours, informative and great to get up close to nature.
    I couldn’t reccomend this place enough and hope that many more people like us take the time to realise how we need to do the right thing by these little wonders.
    Pete & cara poolton

  20. Andy McNally (verified owner)

    Highly Recommended. Matt was very knowledgeable & passionate about his bees. The experience provided a perfect mix between an informative talk to begin the experience, followed by getting hands on with the bees for the second half. Thanks again for a great day

  21. Dan W

    Great couple of hours. Incredible experience. Couldn’t believe just how calm and intricate a bee hive can be. Would absolutely recommend

  22. Laura Smith

    Fantastic experience. Well worth a visit.
    The honey is beautiful, especially the ‘bee chocalety’ flavour!
    Thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to handle the hives and bees. Felt that we learnt a lot in the 2 hours we were there.
    Thank you.

  23. Laura Smith

    Well worth a visit. The honey is beautiful especially the ‘bee chocolatey’ flavour.
    Felt that we learnt alot in the 2 hours.
    Thank you.

  24. Fiona Clougher

    I was bought the Beekeeping Experience as a birthday present and took my Dad along on Sunday morning as we both love bees and are both very interested in their conservation and care. We would both love a hive but that is a work in progress as we are trying to find the space!!!

    Anyway! What can I say?! The Experience was absolutely amazing and we had such a wonderful morning. We left buzzing!! If you can excuse the pun!!

    Matthew is so friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel so comfortable. He was happy to answer all of our questions and you could feel his love of beekeeping throughout. The informative talk at the start was just fantastic and very informative. Then we suited up and headed out to the hive where he demonstrated an inspection, pointed out many points of interest and facts from the talk. We were then able to get hands on and lift the frames out ourselves as he made us feel very at ease and guided us throughout.

    A perfect morning, really well put together and conducted Experience and I really hope to come back in the future to learn even more. Hopefully one day to learn as much as possible from Matthew in order to keep my own honey bees!

    Thank you so much. 5 stars any day of the week!!!

  25. Janet Smith

    I was Finally able to use my lockdown birthday present this week – an eagerly awaited bee keeping experience at Holt Hall apiary! It exceeded my expectations and I’d highly recommend Mathew to anyone with an interest in bees 🐝 , or who love honey! Mathew is really knowledgeable, passionate about bees and a great teacher. It was educational, and fascinating to watch the bees and their funny antics! I hope to visit again soon! Many thanks Mathew, I really enjoyed my experience !👍🏻🐝❤️🐝❤️🐝❤️🐝❤️🐝

  26. Abbi

    We had the best couple of hours with Matthew bee keeping. He knew his stuff and was able to put up with 4 lovely girls that don’t get out much!! We came with no knowledge and left with lots. The bees were amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute!
    Thank you!

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