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Dorset Star Farm Shop

TASTE THE ORCHARD

TOURS & COURSES

Dorset Star Orchard Cider Tours

CIDER TOURS

Take a guided walk around our orchard learning all about the apple trees and our livestock. Sample our range of ciders whilst learning about the cider making process. Tours are available on Thursdays and Saturdays: 1:30 pm till 3 pm. Please call or message us to book.

Please contact Richard on 07727116131 or edwrdsr@hotmail.com

for further information and/or to book a course.

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Dorset Star Orchard Bee blossom
Dorset Star Orchard Bee blossom
Dorset Star Orchard Bee blossom

Bee Keeping and The Orchard

In May when the apple trees are in blossom, the orchard is abuzz with the sound of insects pollinating the trees. Honeybees significantly contribute to the production of a sizable crop each year which is why we take beekeeping seriously at Dorset Star.

Our resident beekeeper manages 10 hives in the orchard and offers various beekeeping courses depending on an individual’s requirements and experience. For example, for those with no experience the 2 hour starter session on beekeeping begins with some basic theory before heading out into the orchard for a practical session. This involves opening up and examining a live hive. Bee eggs, larvae, different types of bee including, often the queen, can be observed.

All equipment including a suit and gloves are provided. You will just need to bring wellington boots. The experiences are for a maximum 3 persons per session. Children must be at least 7 years old and accompanied by an adult.

 

Sessions are priced at £50 for an individual,

£80 for 2 individuals or £100 for 3 individuals.

Please note that despite wearing full suits and gloves there is a small risk of being stung. For this reason, the experience is not suitable for anybody with a known

allergy to bee stings.

Hives and bees can be purchased from us should you wish to take up beekeeping following a course. Full support is offered as you learn to manage your own hive.

Please contact Richard on 07727116131 or edwrdsr@hotmail.com for further information and/or to book a course.

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