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Intro to Beekeeping: Honey Harvesting

September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This workshop will take you step by step through the honey extraction process on our working hives in the Make Hamilton community garden.

About this event

The bees at Make Hamilton have been working hard over the summer months, gathering nectar and pollen and building up stores of honey in their hives. The honey will be harvested at the end of summer, and this workshop gives you the opportunity to experience the harvesting first-hand.

The workshop is split into two parts. First, we will introduce you to how a hive works, and how the bees store their honey. We will talk through the cycle of honey production, and the life of a colony through a typical year. We’ll pull on beekeeping veils and head outside where you’ll have the chance to look inside a hive to see the bees working on their honeycomb.

In the second part of the workshop we will return indoors to experience the process of extracting honey by spinning honeycomb frames. You will handle honeycombs, and experience the smells and stickiness that go with that! You’ll get to use the extractor, and watch the honey being spun out of the frames then collected for bottling.

The session is very interactive, and will respond to the questions and interests of participants. The session is led by John, who has kept bees for many years, and is the resident beekeeper at Make.

All equipment/ protective bee suits will be provided, but please come wearing long sleeved tops, full length trousers and closed shoes (i.e. no sandals).


Do I need any experience prior to the class?

No prior experience is necessary, all health and safety will be taught by our experienced technician.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Any child under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, this particular class is not suitable for individuals under 16. We run a no under 15 policy.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

By Train:

We are a stone’s throw away from Hamilton Square train station which is just a short walk down Cleveland street and accessible from all inner city Liverpool Stations and all Wirral line stations.

By Bus:

There are numerous bus stops nearby and around the Hamilton Square area, all just short walks away from our space. These include numbers: 41, 216, 217, 409, 410, 411, 413, 414, 423, 811 and several others.

By Car:

Follow the signs for Hamilton Square. We don’t have any designated parking for visitors but there is a range of paid and free parking close by.

Paid parking:

– Cleveland Street

– Prince Street

– Elgin Way

– Duncan Street

– Hinson Street

More on wirral.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel

Free and unlimited parking:

– Russell Street (5 min walk)

– Brooke Street East (5 min walk)

Parking becomes free and unlimited after 6:30pm.

Downloading the Just Park app on your mobile device will allow for more efficient and cheaper parking payments.

How accessible is the venue?

The workshop is located on ground floor which provides full accessibility to the premises including toilet provisions.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Feel free to get in touch on 0151 601 8665 or email hello@makecic.org

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you find that you cannot attend then you are welcome to pass your place on to a friend who may find it useful. Please let the organiser know if you need to do this.

Alternatively tickets can be transferred to a future event up to 7 days before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, a register will be taken at the workshop, it isn’t necessary to print your ticket.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Refunds will be offered in the event of the class being cancelled – in this instance we will give as much notice as possible, usually at least 5 days, and offer alternative dates if appropriate.

This class does have a minimum requirement of ticket sales to proceed, so there is a possibility of it being cancelled, but we will contact you five days before if this is the case.

If for any reason you find you are unable to attend then please get in touch and a refund can be offered up to 7 days before the workshop.

This is because we pay our practitioners fair wages for their work- giving refunds on last minute cancellations would mean that practitioners would not be paid for the preparation they have put into their classes.

*Refunds will be given minus Eventbrite fees, unless Make CIC cancel the class, in which case a full refund will be given*

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Please bring along a print out of your ticket if the registration does not match the attendee, or contact hello@makecic.org to have them change the ticket so it contains your name.

What can I bring into the event?

There will be a short break during the session with the opportunity for snacks and coffee! Please bring along lunch/snacks if you would prefer not to buy it. All materials will be provided for the class.

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in. Full length trousers, long sleeved tops and closed shoes (i.e. no sandals).


September 10, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Make Hamilton
2 Cleveland Street
Birkenhead, CH41 6ND United Kingdom
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0151 601 8665

Meet the Teacher – John Lucy

John started keeping bees over 15 years ago, and is responsible for looking after the hives at Make Hamilton, as well as other hives across the Liverpool City Region. John harvests our Hamilton Honey which you can find in the cafe at Make Hamilton.
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