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From bee-keep­ing to scuba div­ing, go­ing on hol­i­day can be an ed­u­ca­tion, so find an ac­tiv­ity that suits you

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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

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