Course Joining Instructions


10 am to 4.30 pm.

Tea, coffee, lunch and afternoon cake provided.


Address:  Acton Scott Village Hall. Henley Lane, Acton Scott, Church Stretton, England, SY6 6QQ

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On the A49 at Marshbrook (about 2 miles south of Church Stretton) take the turning signposted 'Acton Scott Historic Working Farm' (brown sign).  Acton Scott Village Hall is on the right about 0.7 miles up that road, just past the first right turn.  (Do not take the right turn!)


Telephone:   07400 018636 (Charles' mobile)

The Bees

The bees are located in the walled garden at Acton Scott Hall, which is a short walk from the village hall. See:

Special Covid Measures (from 17 May 2021 to 18 July 2021)

From 19 July, Covid measures have been relaxed - however, we will still be taking sensible precautions.  The venue has a capacity of 30, and we will be 12 or fewer.  Seating indoors will be spaced out, and ventilation increased, Hand sanitiser will be provided, and extra cleaning measures are in place. We'll maintain social distancing while outdoors working with the bees.



There is ample car parking at Acton Scott Village Hall.


  • We provide bee suits, gloves, hive tools and smokers.  But if you have your own, feel free to bring them.  If you do so, please make sure they are clean.

  • As well as indoor shoes, please bring a pair of Wellington or ankle books into which you can tuck your bee suit trousers.  (If you don’t have any boots, we have a selection of wellies you can borrow.)

  • Please avoid wearing scent or aftershave – it can upset the bees.  

  • Wear trousers to go under the bee suit.


Please feel free to bring a camera/phone to take pictures or video of your beekeeping experiences.  

A word on bee stings

  • You will be wearing all over protective clothing when you are working with the bees.  It is however possible that you may be stung.

  • If you are, there is normally a sharp localised pain, which lasts about a minute.  Sometimes this may be followed by localised swelling, and/or itching, which can last up to a couple of days or so.  Piriton, or other oral antihistamine tablets, can help.

  • In very rare cases an extreme allergic reaction, known as anaphylactic shock, is possible.  If this were to happen, we would call an ambulance immediately.

If you would like to know more about this – or anything else – please feel free to contact us.