To Bee or Not to Bee? FAQ's

Education Courses in 2019/2020

How to become a responsible Beekeeper

Beekeeping is a great way to help improve pollination in your garden and your neighbourhood and it brings many rewards, including the thrill of taking your very own honey. But there is a lot to learn, and you need to be committed to using best beekeeping practices.

Beekeeping comes with responsibilities, so we run two courses to allow you to enjoy watching and handling your own honey bees:

  • Beekeeping for Beginners Course
  • Improvers' Course

Beekeeping for Beginners Course

This course is intended for those with little or no knowledge or experience of beekeeping. The course covers all aspects of beekeeping including the life and behaviour of the honey bee, the beekeeper's year, necessary equipment including clothing and hive equipment.

The course consists of 7 theory sessions and 9 practical sessions.

VenueTheory sessionsUplowman Village Hall

Practical sessionsThe club's Kinghtshayes apiary
TimingTheory sessions
September to December

Practical sessions
April to August

Cost £90 - payable in two instalments, £45 with the enrolment form and £45 in November

(This includes Registered Membership of the British Beekeepers' Association – worth £37)

To enrol on the Beekeeping for Beginners Course please click here to download the form OR for more information contact the Education Coordinator here

Improvers' Course

A course for people with at least 2 years’ beekeeping experience who wish to develop their skills.

On completion of this course participants can have the option to take the ‘BBKA Basic Assessment’.

The course consists of 5 sessions.

VenueTheory sessionsUplowman Village Hall

Practical sessionsThe club's Kinghtshayes apiary
TimingTheory and PracticalFebruary to April

Cost £25

To enrol on the Improvers Course please contact Education Coordinator here