A Durham beekeeping course is offering participants the chance to get acquainted with a new hobby.

The beekeeping course in Durham is run by St Mary's College and will give a small group of visitors an opportunity to learn about the hobby of beekeeping to see if it's for them.

The day-long Durham beekeeping experience will not only include trying on the beekeeping equipment and managing the hives, but also a look at what sort of products can be made from the bees beyond just harvesting the honey, including producing cosmetics.

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The Durham beekeeping course will also have talks on the subject and will also look at the topic of houses for wild bees.

When is the Durham beekeeping course and how long does it last?

There are three opportunities to take part in the Durham beekeeping course; it runs on the early May Bank Holiday, on Saturday May 4, and again on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2. It takes place at St Mary's College off Elvet Hill Road on the main Durham University campus to the south of the city.

It runs for a day, between 10am and 5pm.

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What happens on the Durham beekeeping course?

The beekeeping experience day will aim to give participants the chance to take part in a range of beekeeping related activities. This will include small groups visiting the beehives at St Mary's College, making beeswax lip balm and hand lotion bars, lectures about bees and beekeeping and wild bee house building.

How much is the Durham beekeeping course?

It costs £30 per person. There is a maximum class size of eight. The price includes lunch and refreshments, and all protective clothing and materials are provided.

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Who do I contact for more information?

To find out more about the Durham beekeeping course and to book, email stmarysbees@gmail.com or phone 07552653456.