April job post – Weekend Education team member

Education team member   We are looking for someone to join the education team on the weekends here at Quince Honey Farm. The position is for every Saturday and the occasional Sunday with some extra days possible during the holidays.   The job is varied and would suit someone who is confident speaking in front of the public and chatting to visitors. The ideal candidate must be approachable and confident with a customer focused attitude. You must be willing to learn about bees, honey and insects. Some animal care experience would be an advantage as we may need help with our critter shows. Some of the activities you would be hosting are- making candles, beekeeping demos, talks and guided tours as well as critter shows.   If you are interested in the position then we would love to hear from you!   Please send over some details about yourself along with a CV. Send to ruby@quincehoneyfarm.co.uk  ...

Meet the education team…

We wanted to introduce to you just some of the team here at Quince Honey Farm. This is the Education team! These guys are who you are most likely to see during your visit to the honey farm…Don’t they look like a friendly bunch? 🙂 They are here to welcome and chat to you about all things bees as well as help you with the many activities on offer such as candle rolling, beekeeping demos, bee a beekeeper and so on.   We thought it would be good to introduce them to you… Joe aka ‘Bug Man’ You will mainly find Joe at the Critter Cabin, tending to the many insects and snakes we have here. Joe has been putting on shows for the public for over 30 years so we are lucky to have him here at the Critter Cabin most days. Verity Verity is the creator of the Critter Cabin and also loves bugs, she is very passionate about bees and educating our visitors whilst having fun at the same time! Darren Darren is very knowledgeable about bees and has his own hives at home, he’s always very keen to answer questions and educate any visitors during the daily tours and talks.  Alex Alex loves bees and is always happy to chat to you on one of the daily tours or show you inside a beehive at one of the beekeeping demos. When Alex isn’t chatting to visitors you may see her painting and getting creative around the farm! Dan Dan loves chatting to visitors and is very knowledgeable about honey. When Dan isn’t showing the visitors...

New member of staff gets close to the bees!

Sarah swapped the office for some beekeeping at one of our ‘Bee a Beekeeper’ taster sessions which takes place every day! Let’s see what she thought….   I started working at Quince Honey Farm about a month ago, and until then I’d never really been that close to bees before. I mean, they’ve never particularly bothered me, but I guess as with most people, I never actively sought out their company!   A brand-new activity we have for visitors to the farm is to ‘Bee a Beekeeper’. This is where you get suited up in full protective clothing and one of our beekeepers shows you a hive up close. They let you use the smoke blower and a hive tool to lift out the frames and get a good look at the bees at work. I thought it would be a great idea for me to take part in the activity so I could learn more about these interesting creatures and get a customer’s perspective about what happens here.   Wow! I can honestly say it was fascinating! I saw bees carrying in their pollen baskets, tiny eggs, larvae and broods, saw nectar in the cells and honey forming and even saw the queen! It was all shown to us by an experienced beekeeper who explains everything and is on hand to answer any questions we had.     If you are even a little bit interested in bees and the work they do, then you must have a go next time you visit us over the season. There’s a session on every day costing £12.50 and you can...

We are open for the season

We have been busy here at the honey farm all winter with getting things ready for the beekeeping season as well as ready for our lovely visitors at the farm!   We are fully open from Saturday 1st April for the season and we are looking forward to a busy season and teaching you all about bees and beekeeping! We have a new activity which is ‘Bee a Beekeeper’ – this is a 30 min taster session which gives you the chance to get dressed up in a beekeeping suit and get involved with looking through a hive and learning about beekeeping. This experience is new for this year and you can sign up for this on the day but we do have limited spaces avaliable. Price £12.50 Check out the daily activity timetable below to plan your visit over the Easter...

Beekeeping is starting soon!

We are looking forward to the beekeeping season to start in a couple of weeks. Have you ever wanted to give beekeeping a go? Or you are thinking of keeping bees yourself? Our experience days offers you a complete introduction to the craft, helping you to understand the whole process from start to finish. The course is perfect for anyone interested in bees or anyone who would love the chance to spend a day in the countryside learning about bees and getting a hands on beekeeping experience. A great introduction to beekeeping before committing to keeping bees yourself. If this sounds like a great idea for someone you know then we have gift vouchers available which will come in a presentation folder along with information sheets.   To find out any more info visit the beekeeping experience day page  ...