Beekeeping courses in 2018 for beginners

Please note that the October 2018 course is now full and has a small waiting list. The course will be run again in March 2019. Anyone interested in taking the course can leave their details by completing the online form linked below. Any potential new beekeepers who would like to join the branch as a Friend in the interim and come to the monthly branch meetings over the autumn and winter should also leave their details via the online form. The branch’s membership secretary will contact all those so interested.


The branch will be running another Beginners’ Course, starting in October 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 over the weekend  of 20/21 October 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.


Sign up for the 2019 course, or to become a Friend of the branch, by adding your contact details here:

Email: contact Julie