Occasional Courses


Exerpts from a testimony from an attendee on the recent Bee Keeping course

My wife purchased the course as a birthday gift, mainly due to many years of helping out a former colleague’s Father with his Bees, and more recently during his convalescence, I had to learn more about the science and husbandry of this unique livestock if I was to engage with it a little closer to home.
The location chosen for this course was ideal in many ways. The location of the Farming Life Centre is the first benefit to many. The access form the main arterial routes through the Peak District is easy for any attending any event or course at this centre, most on Saturday were from The High Peak, (Buxton, Chinley and I from Whaley Bridge) yet the rest were form Chesterfield, Ashbourne and Matlock. Proving that your site is not just easy to get to, but offers an oasis of peace once arrived.
Even in the grip of a damp and grey autumnal day, there was a calmness one hopes for in any location, especially when we are expected to learn new skills and embrace new ideas, knowledge, receive and understand technical support.
The facilities are ideal for regular off site meetings, AGMs and presentations for any industry sector. The anonymity of the location adds a little theatre to the experience for those not used to Rural Locations and yet still in easy reach of major towns and cities. The venue  having access to hot and cold running water, a kettle, hot drinks made available, also has  an oven & microwave to heat up food from the supermarket for those who have forgotten their food which is a short 10 – 15 minute drive away
 For me it was the perfect mix of Peak District landscape and a nostalgic nod to my youth, working on my Great Uncles Farm in Hathersage.