Beekeeping courses for beginners and others

The branch will be running a Beginner’s Course in September 2017 for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. The course is being run by an experienced and nationally-qualified beekeeper, Julie Coleman, and is now in its 12th successful year.

The course will be on the weekend of 23/24 September 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 £75, 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’. 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