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Beekeeping course at Mantel Farm, near Beech Estate

A beekeeping course for beginners is being offered at Mantel Farm just a few miles from Beech Estate Campsite. The beginners’ beekeeping course has been added to a programme of chicken keeping courses which have already been running at the farm.


Mantel Farm, near Catsfield, has been a poultry farm since the 1940s. Formerly a commercial operation, it is now a smallholding helping the members of the Weller family live in a self-sufficient and sustainable way. The family keep chickens, pigs and bees and run a small shop selling local produce. They also sell animal housing and runs and items for garden farming and keeping chickens, bees and other small animals. They are keen to share what they have learned through running their smallholding by offering advice and running training course. The shop only sell items that they have produced or used themselves.

Two day Beekeeping Course

For people who are considering going into beekeeping, Mantel Farm’s has a Two Day Beginners Beekeeping Course. The course has three tutors who will give you a couple of informal days spent with others interested in beekeeping. The tutors have a lifetime of experience in the field. The course will help you choose your hive and equipment and teach you how and where to set up your apiary. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey.

One day Taster Course

For those just wanting a taste of what beekeeping is all about, they also run a Beekeeping day course. You will learn in a small group about bees including an opportunity to see inside a working Beehive. Best of all, you’ll take home a pound of honey.

Find out more about both of these courses on Mantel Farm’s website.

Book your stay at Beech Estate Campsite

If you sign up for a course on how to keep chickens at Mantel Farm, why combine it with a stay at Beech Estate Campsite? We think our campsite is the perfect base. Our camping and glamping site is just a short drive away from Mantel Farm. We offer the chance to pitch your own tent or stay in a “wild glamping” bell tent. The site set in a beautiful 600 acre woodland, is off-grid and allows campfires. Read our campsite philosophy to find out more about our approach to sustainable living and holidays.

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