No matter how many times I visit Ham Yard Hotel’s Roof Terrace and see the flourishing garden, complete with two bee hives, I still find it hard to believe that I’m in the midst of London! It’s complete with a water feature, large teak outdoor benches and raised flower beds which we found at RHS Chelsea Flower Show one year. You might have spotted our recent blog post where we decked the space out with our indoor / outdoor rugs, pillows and bedspreads from my Annie Selkie collection to celebrate its launch.
We’ll be returning to Ham Yard Hotel again as we launch Beekeeping on the Roof Terrace. This is a series of events which celebrate the art of beekeeping hosted by actors and stars of the acclaimed ‘Queen Bees’ podcast, Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles. There is so much to learn about bees and beekeeping, so we would like to invite you to learn with us. Our first event takes place on Monday 13th June.
After a long cold and wet winter, our bees are thriving and have produced a great deal of honey in a short amount of time. A honey bee colony works as a team, consisting of up to 60,000 bees. Bees live up to six weeks in summer and eight weeks in winter and their specific roles vary as they age.
We are so proud of our bees. They are providing us with valuable ecosystems, pollinating our trees, flowers and of course, gifting us with delicious produce. Our honey has a unique aroma and taste because of the flowers and trees found in London. I also take my hat off to bees for their design skills and think honeycomb is one of the most beautiful designs found in nature. Thank you bees!
BEEKEEPING ON THE ROOF TERRACE AT HAM YARD HOTEL
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MEET THE QUEEN BEES WITH JANE HORROCKS AND ESTHER COLES
MONDAY, 13TH JUNE – 6PM TO 8PM
Join the hosts of the acclaimed podcast ‘Queen Bees’ to talk all things bees. Actors and friends Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles joined forces during lockdown to create their ‘Queen Bees’ podcast sharing their love of bees and beekeeping. During this special evening they will share their stories and host a quiz, all accompanied by honey cocktails and canapés.
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING AND PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE
MONDAY, 18TH JULY – 6PM TO 8PM
Join Esther Coles who will inform you on how to get started in beekeeping and what to expect in the first year. Discover the wonderful products that can be harvested from the hive.
HONEY TASTING AND CANDLE MAKING
MONDAY, 22ND AUGUST – 6PM TO 8PM
Explore different types of honey with Esther Coles and be introduced to single flower varieties and honey from a variety of regions. Let your creativity flow and make your own candle using beeswax.