Up and Coming Events

Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course Summer 2016 (Two Days) (FULL) 

Sat 16th – Sun 17th July / 10am – 4pm

Natural Beekeeping Couse July

You can fill out a booking form here to secure a place

“At the beginning of my personal journey into the world of beekeeping, I was bombarded with lessons in an intensive, wartime form of beekeeping – conventional beekeeping. I was told bees could not be kept alive without the use of chemicals to control mites, that allowing bees to swarm was irresponsible, and taking too much honey so that sugar had to be fed instead, was standard. My first few experiences of beekeeping were subsequently awful. I had a terrible time of stress and worry – dominated by fear rather than awe at the beauty of the bees. This is why I am running this course…”.


Come and join us for a weekend of exploration into the beautiful world of the honeybee. This course will be a holistic approach to sustainable beekeeping and will include:

  • Natural history of the honeybee
  • Culture surrounding the bee
  • History of beekeeping
  • Beekeeping around the world (emphasis on Tree-Beekeeping)
  • Sustainable beekeeping practices
  • How to collect a swarm
  • How to work with varroa (and not against it)
  • Medicinal properties and uses of honey, propolis, wax etc
  • The pollination crisis and how to help bees


We have just returned from a natural beekeeping research trip around Europe, and will be discussing what we have learnt, including how the Polish tree-beekeepers make tree hives. You can also read our blog to see what we got up to!


The course costs £85 or £75 for concessions or beehive adoptees. A £40 deposit is needed to secure your place.

Any questions please contact us. Thank you

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Past Events 


Our Friends the bees – Ruskin Mill Family Event  (Come and make a felt bee!)

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Forming part of the Nailsworth Festival this will be a day of educational and artistic workshops, storytelling, meeting-the-bees and a host of other engaging activities for both adults and children. The day is collaboratively brought to you by: Bee the Change, Stroud Beekeepers, Stroud Nature, Fiona Eadie Christian Grützmacher, Gables Farm and friends… Entry to the event is free with contributions for food. Honey-cakes, refreshments and fresh baked pizza will be available. Mmmmmm…. More details of workshops and activities coming soon.

May 28 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
The Field Centre, Ruskin Mill 


Pollination Walk 

Join us for a nearly circular walk through different landscapes that our bees and other insects pollinate. For this free event we will be meeting at the Tipputs Inn carpark at 11am and ending up at the nearby The Bee Garden on Gables Farm at 1pm, after which we will have a bring ‘n’ share picnic. Please wear appropriate footwear.

May 29 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm
The Field Centre, Ruskin Mill


Food Connections Festival – Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Workshop

We will be running a workshop on sustainable beekeeping, demonstrating with a number of alternative beehives, how to best steward honeybees. We have just returned from Poland, where we learnt the ancient art of tree beekeeping, and will explain how this can be achieved here in the UK. Come and join us!

As part of Bristol Green Capital, We have set up beehives around Bristol which can be communally nurtured and looked after. We currently have one at Grow Bristol and one in Sneyde Park Nature Reserve. This is part of the Incredible Edible Bristol Urban Food Growing Trail.

This is a free event

Days: Saturday 30th April
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Theme: Brainfood, Families, Free Event
Speakers: Heather Moore

The Urban Food Trail Guided Walk

The Urban Food Trail is an exciting project that has brought food growing to the centre of the city. You will walk the trail of food growing beds from Millenium Square, across the city, and will finish at the new Grow Bristol Aquaponics site, where our new beehive is located.

Sara Venn from Incredible Edible Bristol will walk and talk us through the wonderful beds and we will discuss what’s happening with the bees. Dermot and Pete of Grow Bristol will show you around their innovative urban farm and reveal how aquaponics will be the new big thing for Bristol.

Free event, but please register your place

The walk will start at the growing beds in Millennium Square.

Days: Thursday 5th May
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Theme: Families, Free Event, Land & Growing
Speakers: Dermot O’Regan, Heather Moore, Sara Venn




An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping (Two Day Course)  – SPRING      (FULLY BOOKED)

Introduction to Beekeeping Course, Bee the Change

Sunday the 17th of Jan – Tortworth Forest Centre – Bee Garden Creation

Very happy to announce that Bee The Change Project and Tortworth Forest Centre are now going to be working together! Together we will be able to frolick in the woods, plant for bees, have a beautiful space to volunteer in, enjoy, and make it wonderful for wildlife and people. Here’s to some good times ahead!

We’ll be heading there for our first Bee Garden Volunteer Session on Sunday the 17th of Jan, at 10am, so if you want to help us and be part of this wonderful new project, come along! We’ll mainly be clearing bramble on this day, so bring tools if you have them.




Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course – University of Bristol  (FULLY BOOKED)

A half day introduction to respectful beekeeping, with candle making workshop



Apple Day and Pollinator Garden Planting with Incredible Edible Bristol 

Apple Day and Planting


Community Beehive – Homing of the Honeybees 

Community Beehive - Homing of the Honeybees


Community Beehive – Painting the Hive 

Community Beehive - Painting of the hive


Bristol Bee Fair 

Bristol Bee Fair - 2015

Please Watch our Video to see what we got up to 🙂