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ApiScotia Practical Beekeeping Weekend

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ApiScotia Practical Beekeeping Weekend

May 24 @ 4:00 pm / May 26 @ 5:00 pm

An enjoyable weekend of beekeeping for members who hold the Basic Beekeeping Certificate, who have been keeping bees for a few years, and who are ready and willing to support novice beekeepers to keep bees well.
With very limited places, tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets sales open at 9am on Monday 4th of March

NOTE: Only open to members of the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association


Friday 24th May

Join us at 4.00pm for a pre-dinner walk around the extensive Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, where we’ll focus on planting for pollinators. Your expert guides will be Bron and David Wright, and Melissa Simpson, the Head Gardener.

Sat 25th May & Sun 26th May

Our base for the weekend will be the new MacRobert Farming and Rural Skills Centre. Wearing our PPE, we‘ll split into groups and participate in six practical sessions each day, led by our excellent course tutors: Bron and David Wright, Graham Torrie, Margaret Murdin, Matthew Richardson, Stephen Sunderland and Yvonne Davidson.

Across the two days the practical sessions will cover Best Practice in:

 Reading a Colony   Swarm Monitoring 
 Handling Strong Colonies         Double Brood
 Nosema/Chalk Brood  Bailey Comb Exchange
 Mentoring  Swarm Management/Nuc Making
 Varroa  Disease Inspection
 Beekeeper Safety  Demaree


Relax and get to know others on the course over dinner in the Tamar Manoukian Residential Centre when we all get together.

With breakfast, lunch, and snacks with home baking, included for everyone each day, you won’t go hungry.


Are you ready for an adventure with friends?

We’ve booked the on-site residential centre, aka The Bunkhouse, which comprises separate male and female dormitories with bunk beds for two to eight guests per room. With a variety of extra activities on offer this is going to be the fun place to be.

Course fees and accommodation on
Friday and Saturday nights £270

Make the most of your visit to this lovely estate by staying on site until Monday morning.

Add Sunday night dinner, bed and breakfast for £75.

If this is not for you, there’s alternative luxury accommodation at the Lodge in the grounds of Dumfries House which you can book privately via-


There are plenty of places to stay in the surrounding area with Cumnock a 5-minute drive away, Kilmarnock and the seaside town of Ayr both only 20-minutes’ drive.

The weekend course fee for non-residents is £170, and includes all training sessions, plus lunch and snacks on Saturday & Sunday.

NOTE: Junior members who hold the Basic Beekeeper Certificate are eligible too.
The course and accommodation fee for Juniors is £216 or £136 for non-residents.
Please note that Juniors must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times

May 24 @ 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Event Category:
Dumfries House