WHERE TO STAY
From bee-keeping to scuba diving, going on holiday can be an education, so find an activity that suits you
Learn a new skill and still have a relaxing holiday in our accommodation guide.
BEE-KEEPING Confolens, Charente
Gain an insight into the world of bees and how to keep them, as well as seeing how honey is produced, during this hands-on holiday. The residential breaks are run by British expats Amanda and Kevin at their art-deco-inspired villa on the banks of the River Vienne. The three-night option includes three hours of activities every morning covering the basics of bee-keeping, setting up an apiary, extracting honey and discovering the insects’ favourite plants. Afternoons and evenings are left free for you to explore the area. Five- and six-night breaks are also available. A three-day break costs from €460pp, or €840 per couple, including full-board accommodation, tuition and safety equipment. Tel: (Fr) 7 83 10 73 68 13bees.co.uk
FOOD AND WINE Marigny-le-cahouët, Côte d’or
Savour some of France’s best food and drink on the six-night ‘Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy’ trip from Active Gourmet Holidays. You will stay at a 200-year-old country house and enjoy many exciting experiences. These include preparing your own dishes with the help of a leading chef, exploring Grand Cru and Premier Cru wine estates in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, visiting food markets, and enjoying a meal at a three-michelin-star restaurant. Prices start from £2,620pp, based on two people sharing, and include accommodation, all meals, wine and culinary experiences. Tel: (US) 203 732 0771 activegourmetholidays.com