WHO ARE URBAN BEE-LIEVERS?

Urban Bee-lievers is an exciting social enterprise finding ways to encourage, educate and inspire everyone in Milton Keynes to help make our city bee-friendly.

  • we look after thousands of honey bees across the city in company gardens, roof tops, an urban farm and school grounds
  • we help create homes for bumble bees and solitary bees as well as plant flowers and trees that provide food for bees
  • we run workshops on all things honey and bee related and produce useful and beautiful products using wax and honey
  • Urban Bee-lievers is one of Milton Keynes Christian Foundations social enterprises staffed by young people not in education, training or employment who gain essential work experience and qualifications as they help save the bees

The UK has already lost 11 species of bee with 35 species of the 250 left being under threat.

Bees work hard to pollinate 75% of our food crops like apples and tomatoes so we need your help to look after these amazing creatures and stop their decline.

If you would like to learn more about honey bees, bumbles and solitary bees and join us in helping to create a city full of bee food flowers and places for them to live and thrive just sign up for our news updates and follow us on Instagram @urbanbeelievers

BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCES

From Spring 2022 we will be offering a beekeeping experience. If you are interested in bees or considering becoming a beekeeper this course is for you.

Three Hour Beekeeping Experience – £45 (in the shop below)
You’ll learn all about the honeybee colony, how to care for the bees, get some hands-on experience and taste the amazing honey.

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• A three-hour introduction to beekeeping experience for one
• Taste the award-winning Urban Bee-lievers honey
• Look inside a real honeybee hive

Have the unique opportunity to not only learn about the amazing honeybee colony but also take a look inside a hive. The three-hour experience will start with a cup of tea and honey cake or honey on toast while enjoying an introduction to beekeeping and the amazing life of a honeybee colony.

You will then learn about the different jobs of a bee keeper during the year and get hands on with some equipment including the smoker and hive tool.

When the smoker is alight you will put on a bee suit and gloves before stepping into the apiary, seeing inside a beehive and gaining some hand-on experience with these wonderful insects. Beekeeping equipment; bee suits and gloves are provided

You will learn about all the things you can do to help save not just honey bees but all the bumbles and solitary bees too.

If you are considering taking up bee keeping as a hobby we can answer the questions you may have and what to do next.

This experience will keep you buzzing for a long time.

What you need to know?

  • Your bee experience voucher will have a unique code to enable you to book onto one of the course dates straight or at a later date. All experiences will fall during the active bee season May – August – usually on a Wednesday (weather permitting)
  • Each group with have no more than 6 people along with 2 experienced bee keepers. The minimum age of attendees is 8 years old.
  • The bee keeper experience is not suitable for those allergic to honey or bee stings.
  • You will need to make sure you wear appropriate clothing – no shorts, dresses, skirts or open toe shoes. Please don’t wear strong perfume or deodorant, drink alcohol, eat bananas or work with animals prior to attending. If you use reading glasses please bring them with you.
  • Please bring your own socks and welly boots (if this is a problem let us know in advance as we do have some spare welly boots but not in all sizes)
  • Venue – Urb Farm Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5DR
  • Voucher valid for 1 person for 12 months

Terms and Conditions
If you book an event but wish to change the date of attendance we will try to accommodate you at an alternative event. Please just contact us a minimum of one month before the due date to enable us time to make arrangements.

Please note that 25% of the fee is non-refundable if attendance is cancelled more than one month before the event date.

We are unable to offer a refund for attendance cancelled within one month of the experience date booked.

The experiences are dependent on good weather and if it is necessary to combine or move an experience, we will contact you to make arrangements.

Please contact us urbanbeelievers@mkchristianfoundation.co.uk with any questions or queries.

SHOP

The Urban-Beeliever shop is full of wonderful honey-based products, perfect as gifts or a treat for yourself

Delivery

  • Click and Collect from Foundation House, Wolverton. Please place your order, select Pick up and we will let you know when it is ready for collection, usually same or next day.
  • Shipping by Evri. Fees depending on weight. International orders will have delivery fees confirmed after ordering and a separate shipping payment will need to be made prior to completing your order.
  • Tickets for experiences will be emailed/posted to you after purchase. 

If you have any questions regarding Urban-Beelievers products, please contact shop@mkchristianfoundation.co.uk

OUR SOCIAL FEED

At Urban Bee-lievers we love sharing the exciting world of Milton Keynes bees, adventures of our queen’s, bumble bee news as well as new products and interactive workshops and events. To keep up with the buzz just sign up to Instagram @urbanbeelievers

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GET IN TOUCH

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EXPLORE

Milton Keynes Christian Foundation operate a number of Social Enterprises and services. Please take a look at them below.

MKCF

Milton Keynes Christian Foundation
Foundation House
Aylesbury Street, Wolverton
Milton Keynes MK12 5HX
01908 311112
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