My bees are placed on the rooftop of the iconic East London Mosque, in Whitechapel, East London. I will meet you at the reception of the London Muslim Centre (attached to the mosque) and escort you to the visitor gallery, where we will have a chat about how to approach a hive calmly and gently. We will then dress for the occasion by putting on a beesuit......after all you may be meeting the queen! You will make your way to the roof, an area that is normally closed off to the public but which you will have special access to. We will light the smoker and you will be introduced to the fascinating secret world of honey bees. Together we will go through how the colony communicates, how they form their social cohesion and who does what in the hive. You will get the opportunity to handle frames of honeycomb and watch these amazing little insects go about their business. The rooftop is an amazing photo opportunity and the honeybees just make everything better! For the final part of your experience we will head back to the visitor gallery for a honey tasting session. You will learn why we have such a variety in taste, texture and colour when it comes to honey. We will end with refreshments and a chat about our experience together. Beekeeping is weather dependant and the wellbeing of the bees is always important, if the weather is unsuitable we will go through a virtual hive.
I am the founder of Bushwood Bees and have been a beekeeper for over 10 years. I am an active member of my local beekeepers association and also teach new beekeepers. I have a real passion for educating others about how fascinating honeybees are. They, and other pollinators, play a massive role in our environment when it comes to pollination and we simply cannot enjoy the food we do without them. I love for others to see just how hard-working and inspirational these social insects are. Everything my honeybees do, from their waggle dance to making award-winning honey is an amazing feat. Watching honeybees buzzing around the middle of a city like London is a great way to take a relaxing break in the hustle and bustle of a busy environment. Bees are a real joy to work with and we have so much to learn from them.
A tasting session of several locally produced honeys to compare the variety of colours/textures/flavours honey can produce.
I will provide a beekeeeping jacket and gloves. Please let me know the size required.
The East London Mosque is in the trendy area of Whitechapel. We will first stop at the Bee Observation Area, where visitors can watch the bees through a glass wall. We will use the Visitor Gallery to prep ourselves before going up to the roof, normally out of bounds to members of the public, but to which you will get special access. The roof holds great views of the City and the Docklands and is a great backdrop for getting to know my honeybees.
最多6人參加，年齡須滿12歲。 You will have the oppurtunity to handle live honeybees and although our bees are very gentle this is not an activity suitable for those with a known allergy to beestings. This is a group experience so be prepared to meet others and…
Please wear full length trousers and long sleeve tops - jeans are ideal (nothing skin tight) and covered shoes and socks, hiking boots/shoes or wellington boots are ideal.
The East London Mosque is open to all members of the public and is a vibrant and welcoming community hub. We will meet at the reception of the London Muslim Centre.
Rooftop Beekeeping Experience, London