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The wonderful world of honey bees

Come and explore the wonderful world of honey bees and bee keeping. During this two-hour experience you will learn all about honey bees - interesting facts; who lives in the hive; the lifecycle of the honey bee and how they make honey. It could also make a great birthday or Christmas present!

We will also take a good look at the equipment that you need and the bee keeping year. We'll look in detail at the various bits that make up a beehive and you'll also make up some hive frames and also make your own simple beeswax candle to take home.

After dressing up in 'the beekeeping gear' (provided), we will make our way down to the Apiary where we will get in close and personal with the bees on a live hive inspection.


  • Saturday 25th April 2020. 2pm - 4pm
  • Saturday 30th May 2020. 2pm - 4pm
  • Saturday 27th June 2020. 2pm - 4pm
  • Saturday 25th July 2020. 2pm - 4pm
  • Saturday 15th August 2020. 2pm - 4pm


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* Free if included in our family short break experience

What you need to know:

  1. We can only go into the hive if it's not raining and/or the temperature is above 14 degrees.
  2. Venue: Doonbank Cottage, 89a Glenalla Crescent, Ayr, KA7 4DZ (Classroom and Apiary)
  3. Timings: 2pm - 4pm (please arrive at 1.45pm)
  4. Free off road parking.
  5. Full bee keeping suit and gloves provided.
  6. Candle making materials provided.
  7. Refreshments provided.
  8. Maximum 8 places.
  9. Minimum age 6. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What you need to bring:

  1. Wellington boots
  2. Wear trousers and long sleeved shirt / jumper


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