The sweet taste of a bee-spoke holiday

Friday 31 October 2008

The sweet taste of a bee-spoke holiday

There's a buzz in the air at Saga Holidays, the UK's leading travel company for the over 50s. In a hive of activity the Company has come up with plans for Spring 2009 to help the nation out of a potential crisis.

Few creatures in the world are as useful to humans as bees – 25% of all food we eat depends on the humble honeybee. But they are in trouble and honey production has dropped by 50% this year. Dwindling supplies have meant prices have rocketed to dizzying heights. For those who think it makes no difference to them? Please bee-have! Bees bumbling along and buzzing from flower to flower perform a free and very valuable service for the economy.

In Britain, home produced honey will soon be a luxury. If nothing is done and things don't change, there will be no British Honey-bees within 10 years. It's time to wake up and smell the honey.

Saga Holidays, in association with Warner Leisure Hotels have designed three week-long courses, hosted by expert apiarist Rosemary Proud, to introduce customers to this hobby. It's time to make a beeline for Littlecote House in Berkshire to learn the art of beekeeping and honey harvesting while also playing a vital role in caring for the environment.

The 'Beekeeping for Beginners' Experience, shows customers the basics of beekeeping. This includes the construction of a hive and selecting a queen. The course gives an insight into beeswax and candle making. Honey, wax and other useful products such as pollen and royal jelly are extracted from the hive during the course and customers can learn in detail how to deal with a swarm. There are demonstrations of honey extraction through to 'jarring' of the honey, including tastings of different types of honey.

Current early-bird booking prices offer 7 nights for the price of 5 from 406 per person, including a full English breakfast and three-course dinner, entertainment, sports and leisure facilities, and bee-keeping activities. Prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Life without bees is a beezarre thought. We would miss the buzz and buzy-ness of nature's workers. But more than that – since bees have helped nurture much of the food we eat; a crisis in the bee population could sooner or later be a crisis for the rest of us, so save a bee, enjoy a holiday and have an extra bit of sweetness in life.

For further details please call 0800 072 3418


For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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