Beginners Course

This is one of two courses we run each year beginning in April with the Introductory Day and followed by a minimum of 12 lessons on Saturday afternoons from 2.00pm until 4.00pm (or later) through to the end of the season in August.

These lessons are not on consecutive Saturdays and are scheduled to recognise the important stages of development of a Honey Bee colony.

Each lesson begins with an explanation of the expected beekeeping activity planned for the day, followed by practical beekeeping (hands on) in the Apiary nearby.

It is necessary to be flexible however, depending upon the weather and the bees themselves, where each colony will have their own agenda which we must accommodate.

The course will recognise and teach the basic recommendations of the British Beekeepers Association, to which we are affiliated, and the course members will be able to feel confident in acquiring their own bees by the end of the course.


To ensure that course members receive consistent, personal attention , we limit the number of new beekeepers each year to 25 who are supervised and guided by five tutors who are all experienced beekeepers.

The course is administered by three Master Beekeepers so competent instruction is assured.

We understand that not everyone can attend every lesson – this is not cause for concern and we know that planned holidays or other commitment might result in a lesson or two being missed – not a problem. We allow for this by providing detailed notes in advance of each lesson. These notes serve not only to preview the lesson but serve as an important reference for critical stages of development through the beekeeping year.

In addition we will ensure that if anything in a lesson is not well understand for any reason, those issues will be reviewed and explained separately.

We are committed to promoting the craft of beekeeping and, quite apart from the course, any member who has a problem or question is welcome to email or call the Education Office, Terry Payne, who will always be glad to offer advice.


If you would like to enrol for the Beginners Course, or just want to ask questions about the courses please contact:

Terry Payne on 01747 811251 or email or use the form on the Contact page.


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