Once a year we hold a Beekeeping Introductory Day which gives you the chance to see whether you really want to learn how to keep bees as well as providing an overview for those who are interested but do not want to become beekeepers. The Introductory Day is always held in April at the start of the beekeeping season, and in 2018 is provisionally 7th April. The Introductory Day is a mixture of talks and practical experience at our training apiary
After the Introductory Day we start the main training courses for the year. You can attend the Introductory Day on its own or as a preliminary element of the Beginners Course, which runs from April to August each year. The aim of the Beginners Course is to give you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to start keeping bees yourself, and most beginners will acquire bees during the course.
Members who have completed the Beginners Course normally go on to the Second Year course, which is held annually alongside the Beginners Course. This for people who already have bees, and it supports new beekeepers and those who are interested in sitting the BBKA Basic Examination. The course lasts 12 weeks. The cost in 2017 is £75 if you have successfully completed the Beginners Course; otherwise £150.
We also run Winter Modular Courses covering the more advanced BBKA modules, Microscopy training and, every other year, a 2 day skep making course.