Beekeeping Introductory Day
Once a year we hold a Beekeeping Introductory Day which gives you the chance to see what beekeeping is all about. It also provides a thorough overview of the whole process for those who are interested but don't want to keep bees themselves and for those who just want to help bees. The Introductory Day is always held in April, at the start of the beekeeping season as the weather warms up and the bees start to fly. The introductory day is a mixture of talks and practical experience at our 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. Most beginners acquire bees during the course.
Second Year 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 is 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 2019 is £75 if you have succesfully completed the Beginners Course; otherwise £150.
The BBKA Basic Examination
The Basic Assessment covers all the basic things which all beekeepers should know. The syllabus covers the basic skills and understanding of the craft. It covers the understanding of how bees interact with the rest of nature and how they are looked after, swarming and diseases together with the practical skills needed to handle bees and to interpret what you see happening in a hive. Click here for details
We also run:
Winter Modular Courses - covering the more advanced BBKA modules: see Course Dates for details
Microscopy training and
(every other year) a 2 day skep making course.