Beekeeping courses in 2018 for beginners

Update: because of the bad weather over the weekend of 3rd/4th March, the Beginners’ Course has been re-scheduled and will now run on the weekend of 17th/18th March and be repeated the following weekend of 24th/25th March (as not everyone who had booked could make 17th/18th). We are therefore now accepting further applications for either weekend, please use the email link below to book a place.


The branch will be running another Beginner’s Course, starting in March 2018, for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. The course is being run by a BBKA Master Beekeeper, Julie Coleman, and is now in its 13th successful year.

The theory part of course will be on the weekend of 3rd/4th March and covers all aspects of beekeeping for the beginner; there will be lectures, demonstrations, some practical tasks and a video. Weather permitting, we may also inspect some hives.

The course cost is £70, which will include the two classroom days and hands-on mentoring throughout the following season. Beesuits will be available for use on the practical session but course members will need to bring their own wellington boots and gloves – ‘Marigold’ or similar gloves are suitable. Delegates will need to bring a packed lunch if the format is for two whole days.

The fee for the course will also include a year’s membership of the British Beekeepers’ Association ( and the monthly magazine ‘BeeCraft’, as well as a year’s membership of the branch. There will be an option for beginner beekeepers to buy a suitable starter nucleus of bees at a discount price once the course is completed and to be provided with a mentor to help with the first year of beekeeping.Anyone interested in the course should contact Julie Coleman in the first instance. A deposit of £10.00 is required, in advance.
Please note that it is not necessary (or a good idea) to buy hives and equipment before attending the course. There are several different types of hive and what you work with will be affected by your situation and by the strain of bees that you start with. You will have plenty of opportunity to talk through what would be the best hive for yourself and your bees during and after the course.

Email: contact Julie