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Bee-friend the Bees with Hiver Beer at Albourne Estate

Ockenden Manor has teamed up with Hiver, the 100% natural, all-British craft beer to offer an immersive beekeeping and beer-tasting experience at Albourne Estate in the heart of the picturesque Sussex countryside.

Suitable for even the most bumbling beekeepers, the two-hour session will start with an introduction to beekeeping before getting suited up for a hive inspection. After getting up close and personal with the bees themselves, guests will retreat to the Albourne Estate tasting room for a relaxing food and drink pairing session with a tasty honey beer in one hand and the flavours of Sussex in the other.

You will then have the opportunity explore the rest of the enchanting vineyard, onsite shop and bar where you can sample some of their award-winning wines and even book up to join an Albourne wine tour that day*.

Upon returning to Ockenden Manor, guests can select their preferred pre-dinner drink, either a bottle of Hiver Beer or a glass of Sparkling Albourne Wine before indulging in a delicious three course dinner and a deeply comfortable night's stay.

What's included?

  • A two hour guided bee-keeping experience at Albourne Estate
  • A honey beer and food matching session at Albourne Estate
  • A pre-dinner drink of either a glass of Albourne Estate sparkling wine or bottle of Hiver Beer
  • A delicious three course dinner created using the finest locally sourced ingredients at Ockenden Manor
  • Overnight accommodation including Full English and Continental breakfast
  • Full use of our spa facilities and swimming pools including fluffy robes and slippers

Terms and restrictions

  • Subject to accommodation and ticket availability
  • Package available on restricted dates from May to Sept 2019

from £410

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Terms and conditions

This experience starts from £390 based on two people sharing a cosy room at Ockenden Manor staying Friday or Saturday night, pre or post a visit to Hiver at Albourne Estate.

The package includes one two hour bee-keeping session per person at Albourne Estate followed by a honey beer and food matching session.

Places strictly limited to 12 guests per session, this experience is available on selected dates between May and September 2019 with current availability on:

Saturday 13th July 2019 - full

Saturday 27th July 2019 - full

Saturday 10th Aug 2019 - full

Saturday 17th Aug 2019 - limited availability

Saturday 24th Aug 2019 - limited availability

Saturday 7th September 2019 - full

Bee-keeping sessions start at 10am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm - please arrive in good time

*Tour & Tasting of Albourne Estate can be added to the above package at £20 per person - please book directly with the vineyard. These tours start at 11h (until 12h30) must be booked in advance. Wine tasting flights can be sampled between 14h and 17h on a drop-in basis.

Subject to availability and must be booked in advance