Competition! Win a Copy of the Collins Beekeeper’s Bible – Terms & Conditions.

Bees&Beyond is giving away one hardback copy of the Collins Beekeeper’s Bible to one lucky competition entrant!

The most comprehensive beekeeping resource ever published, packed full of historical facts, general information about beekeeping, honey recipes and beautiful illustrations – you will not want to put it down!

For more information on the book, go to

The competition opens on the evening of Sunday 29th November and the closing date is Midday Sunday 5th November.  The winner will be drawn and notified on 6th November. Entrants must be over 18 years old.

Terms & conditions

 1. How to Enter

1.1. These are the methods of entry:

a. To enter the competition on Twitter entrants will need to retweet the competition post and follow @beesbeyond.

c. To enter the competition on Facebook entrants will need to like the original competition post and tag a friend comment in the comments box.

2. When to Enter and Who can Enter

2.1. The Competition opens on Sunday 29th October 2017 and closes Sunday 5th November 2017.

2.2. Entrants can enter at any point between these dates.

2.3. Entrants can only enter the Competition once through each channel, but can like, share, comment, tweet and RT as many times as they like.

2.4. The Competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees anyone professionally connected with the administration of the Competition.

2.5 Automated or bulk entries from third parties will be disqualified.

2.6 We reserve the right to exclude serial competition entrants who have entered more than 4 competitions in the last month.

3. Prizes

3.1. The prize for winning the competition will be a Hardback copy of the Collins Beekeeper’s Bible  (normally retails at £30.00), this will be shipped to anywhere in the UK by second class post.

3.2. The Prizes are as stated and they cannot be sold or exchanged cash, goods or services. Unless specifically agreed in writing by Bees&Beyond, the prize is non tranfserable and must be accepted by the compeition winner only.

3.3  The winner will be messaged and will need to respond with their name & address within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited.

4. Data Protection and Publicity

4.1. You consent to your surname, photograph and basic information about you being disclosed on BeesBeyond digital channels or other media if you win any Prizes under the Competition

4.2. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation. By entering the Competition, you agree that Bees@Beyond may contact you in relation to the Competition.

4.3. Competition winners will be contacted by Bees&Beyond. You must provide accurate contact details on notification. On being contacted, winners may be asked to provide a UK mailing address for the prize to be mailed to.

4.4. Bees&Beyond reserve the right to use the voice, image, photograph, name and likeness of the winners for publicity and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice to the winners. In entering the Competition, all participants consent to such use of their voice, image, photograph, name and likeness.

5. Competition Rules

5.1. The Competition will be run and Prizes will be awarded at Bees&Beyond sole discretion.

5.2  Bees&Beyond reserves the right to refuse entry into the Competition.

5.4. We reserve the right to change the Competition rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time. If we do so, we will always have the most up to date terms and conditions on the Bees&Beyond Blog.

6. Liability and Indemnities

6.1. Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence, or in respect of fraud, and so far as is permitted by law, Bees&Beyond and its associated companies and agents and distributors exclude responsibility and all liabilities, whether direct or indirect, arising from:

6.1.1. any postponement or cancellation of the Competition;

6.1.2. any changes to, supply of or use of the Prize; and

6.1.3. any act or default of any supplier, which are beyond Bees&Beyond’s reasonable control.

6.2. Bees&Beyond does not accept responsibility for any liability arising from technical incompatibility, problems relating to the internet, or technical difficulties of any kind

6.3. Bees&Beyond shall not be liable, whether in tort, contract, misrepresentation or otherwise for loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss of use, loss or corruption of data or information, or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses

6.4. You agree to indemnify Bees&Beyond against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of your agreement with Bees&Beyond.

7. Jurisdiction

7.1. The Competition and these Terms and Conditions are governed by English Law. England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.

This promotion is in no way endorsed by Harper Collins, Facebook or Twitter. By entering this contest, you agree to a complete release of Harper Collins, Facebook, & Twitter from all liability in connection with this competition.


Day Out – Pooh Corner Hartfield

With the kids on school holiday I was thinking of ways to get them involved with my Bees & Beyond project, and where best for two 4 year olds to start than with their favourite bear who loves honey?

With this in mind we took an afternoon out to stroll around the historic village of Hartfield, East Sussex, and take a look at the old curiosity and tea shop called Pooh Corner.

Stuffed to the brim with the largest selection of ‘Pooh-phernalia,’ this beautiful store is housed within a 300 year building and was started in 1978 by a gentlemen called Mr Ridley. Ridley had met with Pooh author A.A. Milne’s son – Christopher Robin Milne who had featured in many of the Pooh stories.

Ridley set about to curate this marvellous collection of souvenirs and treasures fit for any age and it seems particularly fitting that you can soak up the atmosphere in the little village the original stories were actually written in!

Additionally, if you have a car and can travel around 15 minutes you can also explore the enchanted ‘real’ places that featured in the books such as 100 Acre Wood and the Pooh Sticks Bridge (there is no charge to visit these).  Further information and maps can be found in the store.

If like us all the browsing tuckers you out you can stay for a ‘smackeral’ at Piglets Tearoom and Garden.  We ate a delicious afternoon tea and even had Pooh shaped sandwiches!

We were even lucky to see many types of honey and bumble bee around the garden collecting pollen whilst we ate.


For further information visit the Pooh Corner website:

Or contact on 01892 770456



Meet the Bees day


To find out more about bees I needed to visit a working hive, so enrolled on a local ‘Meet the Bees’ course with Surrey Bees.  Their apiary in Woking offers a range of theory and practical training courses to help every level of enthusiast. We were lucky as they had chosen a beautiful sunny day to visit and explore. On arrival and after check in, we suited up in bee-proof canvas suits and yellow marigold gloves.  All bee proof suits were provided and the instructors made sure we were zipped in and safe!

First thing was to learn how to light the smoker – which is used to make the bees think their hive is on fire so they carry out an evacuation procedure (and hopefully get out of your way!). The idea is not to light the smoker with a flame, but to produce a gentle rolling smoke.  We watched on as the instructor filled it up with items such as cardboard (particularly corrugated), paper, mulch, wood chips and rotting wood – the key seems to be anything flammable as long as it is not covered in paint or chemicals, as it would harm the bees.

Next we took a short stroll across the field to where the main rows of hives were placed surrounded by a mixture of wild flowers, trees that provide spring, summer and autumnal blooms. The first thing that struck me was how peaceful the area was – that was until we got a little nearer to the hives themselves. As we walked past a hive that had recently been opened and you could see the bees hadn’t quite settled down and were buzzing around still protecting the space in case of further invasion.

We stopped at the hive we were due to explore – number 25.  As we got closer I could hear a loud hum – it was quite a relaxing sound and made me think that there must be a lot of bees in there (around 50,000 in one hive we were told!).  We carefully took off the top trays with the ‘supers’ safely tucked inside them – surprisingly to me this is where the majority of honey is stored to feed the bees and larvae below, throughout the winter months.  Note: the supers were extremely heavy so two people really better to do this job!   The instructor showed us how to gently open up each frame below using a special wrench like hook tool to open up each tray of bees – our mission was to try to track down the queen.

Even though it is late in the season we were very lucky to catch a drone still in the hive and could see the different stages of bee growth from larvae to young and nearly ready to hatch bees and all the workers taking care of them. I thought it was funny that some bees had what looked like little pollen trousers on – where they had been collecting! In our group we all took turns to carefully explore each ‘cell’ but didn’t manage to find the elusive queen, until the final frame!

The queen was longer and slightly darker in colour to the rest of the workforce with shorter wings and her ‘ladies in waiting’ were carefully grooming and feeding her, hardly surprising as she lays around 2000 eggs per day – she is one busy lady!  Other bees, were doing a special waggle dance at the entrance of the hive to waft pheromones to their fellow worker bees out collecting, this is so they would know which hive to return to.

Before our time was up we quickly got to see the supers where the honeycomb is stored and harvested by bees and human alike! The smell of a live hive was really interesting – you could smell a mixture of the pheromones, pollen, smoke and honey – it was truly beautiful. An overwhelming feeling was how completely relaxed and not scared I felt, having grown up with a mother who goes into anaphylactic shock if stung we always shoed bees and wasps away to loud screams – I can definitely imagine myself both enrolling for the longer course, and one day even starting my own backyard apiary!

As we were walking back we had to check for any stray bees or aggressors trying to see us off from their hive.  Eventually we got back to the reception area where I picked up some of this season’s delicious honey to try.

Surrey Bees offer training courses on both the theory and practical side of beekeeping at their training ground near Wisley.  For further information, or information on adopting a hive follow the link below:

So the journey begins….

Welcome to my blog about bees and useful local environmental initiatives!  My name is Diane, I am a mum of twins (aged 4), based in East Surrey, UK.

I have recently been reading about the plight of our global bee population and it really struck a chord with me.  As over a third of our food is pollinated by bees, I felt compelled to learn more to help protect our buzzy little friends for the sake of future generations.

I would like to state now that I am NOT an expert – actually a complete beginner and hope you will enjoy coming on my journey to learn a little more about bees, how to save them and other locally helpful environmental ideas 🙂