Beekeeping Courses for Beginners

Our Association runs two beekeeping beginners’ courses throughout the year.

The 6-week classroom-based theory course starts in February. Various beekeeping topics are covered by several speakers and includes

  1. honeybees and inside the hive, 
  2. equipment and getting started, 
  3. hives/frames/foundation and bee space, 
  4. honeybee pests and diseases, 
  5. honey and products of the hive and the beekeeping year.

This theory course perfectly complements our season long practical course which starts in May and runs weekly to September. Our training apiary in Sutton Park is the venue for participants to learn all the practical skills needed to look after a colony throughout the year. Our apiary has dedicated hives for beginners to handle throughout the season and these will be inspected weekly (weather permitting). Disease checks, swarm control, feeding, treatments, honey production and harvest are just a few of the subjects covered. We strongly recommend prospective beekeepers attend this course to gain practical experience in handling bees throughout season before obtaining bees. 

The Association can provide beekeeping suits, hive tools and gloves to use during the practical course.

These courses will give the new beekeeper a good knowledge of both the theory and practical aspects of beekeeping both have a limited number of places and are usually oversubscribed.

For more information on beginners training please contact James at:

We also offer training to existing beekeepers to improve both their knowledge and skills and prepare candidates for BBKA accredited exams. From the practical ‘Bee Basic’ accreditation to module study groups. From queen rearing at our training apiary to beekeeping husbandry, we can provide a wealth of opportunities for our members.

For more information for existing beekeepers please contact Jitesh at: