Have you ever wondered what happens inside a beehive? Now you can find out with a new experience at Bradgate Park.

These interactive sessions are led by Leicester’s Honey Craft and offer a fantastic way to discover about nature in a lovely setting in the Walled Garden at Bradgate Park. Sessions are now available to book running on Sundays throughout July and August with various time slots available.

On the day you’ll find out what the honeybees do and exactly why they’re so special. The exclusive beekeeping experience is led by Honey Craft Beekeeper, Liga Orlovska, who has a longstanding passion for the field. “I grew up with bees. My mum was a beekeeper, so there always was the smell of honey and wax in our house. My mum was one of those crazy beekeepers who wore only the veil – beekeeping hat. I started to keep bees during the pandemic here in Leicester and the more I learn about them the more I want to share my findings with others.”

The beekeeping sessions will take place in the beautiful heart of Bradgate Park’s Walled Gardens (Kitchen Gardens), which is part of Bradgate House, the Tudor mansion and the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey.

Leicestershire blogger, Bejal who runs Be Lavie, took part in a session and commented, “The honey beekeeping experience with Honey Craft was really informative but laid back. Liga was a great teacher and explained clearly what goes into caring and keeping bee hives. She was very knowledgable and answered our questions well. We felt safe at all times and there was plenty of time for questions and to hold one of the bee frames. I’d definitely recommend this for children and adults and is a wonderful local experience to enjoy right here in Leicestershire.”

Bejal from Be Lavie taking part in a beekeeping session with Honey Craft. Credit @be_lavie

On the day you will be supplied with a beekeeping suit and gloves for the session and will take part in a beekeeping inspection together. You’ll open up the hive so you can meet the colony and if you’re lucky try to spot the Queen Bee!. Liga added, “Bees are such an interesting insect, they are very well organised, each with their own job inside the hive. It’s fascinating to see.”

Children are welcome to the sessions and children’s beekeeping suits can be supplied, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please note that all participants are required to take their own wellington boots or sturdy shoes and the sessions are not suitable for anyone who is allergic to bee stings.

Sessions are priced at £37 per person and must be pre-booked in advance.  Secure your spaces and book now via Eventbrite. You can also find out more about Honey Craft on their website and keep up to date via Facebook.

Dates and times:
Sundays during July and August.
11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Meet the Bees brought to you by Honey Craft in partnership with Bradgate Park Trust.