The Bee Shed 

The Bee Shed Est. Jan 13th 2013 


2017 Season

Course dates:

26th August and

9th September

Fee: £80

Time: 9am till when you have had enough approx. 4-5pm (or when you have finished)

Venue: The Bee Shed, The Field, Shipley, Derbyshire, DE75 7JH

Lunch is included along with refreshments (Tea  / Coffee / Biscuits ) throughout the day. If you have any special dietery requirements (ie vegetarian / vegan) please could you let me know when you book.

You will learn the skills required to make a swarm catching skep from Rye straw as the one in the photo above, everyone who attends will leave with there own skep.

 If you do not complete your skep on the day you can take home enough straw and lapping cane to finish the job, the tool (fid) however must be purchased (£10). Roughly half of the people who attend finish on the day.

If you wish to book please send me an email ([email protected]) with your prefered date and I will let you know its ok before you pay. Payments must be made before the day and can be made by bank transfer (please contact me for bank details) with your name as the reference or cheque made out to The Bee Shed and sent to 29 Openwood Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0SG.

If you have any questions about the day please either email me on [email protected] or give me a call on 07806 598337.
For directions to the bee shed please see FAQ's on the web site.

On the day:

I will have signs out on the road so you cant miss us. Parking is by the large shed buildings that you can see when you 1st enter the site. Please dont drive or park on any of the long grass as these meadows are all part of the Weleda herb gardens (and I get in trouble with the manager), Stick to the mown areas. We will have someone to meet you when you arrive to show you where to go.
Please wear clothing suitable for working outside, if it rains we can work in the bee shed or under the gazeabo. Wear work trousers / Jeans as the work is mostly on your lap and the straw gets wet when we work it.    
You can contact me on the day on 07806 598337 if you are running late or are lost.

 Please see photos below of previous courses. 

 See photo gallery for more photos of skep courses

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