Introduction to beekeeping

We offer a one day introduction to the delights of beekeeping, based here on our working honey farm.

It is aimed at those with an interest in honey bees who may be considering taking up beekeeping, or who may just be interested in learning more about how honey bees live and the work of the beekeeper throughout the year.

We cover the lifecycle of the honey bee colony, tasks, equipment, and clothing for the beekeeper, swarming, planting for bees, and processing honey and wax.
2019 dates for the introduction to beekeeping are:

Each day starts with tea/coffee at 9:30am and aims to finish by 4pm. Lunches and refreshments will be provided, as will beekeeping clothing.

Click on any of the course dates above to book online. Gift vouchers are available - please enquire.

Beginners' beekeeping course

The course is aimed at those who are considering beekeeping as a hobby. We will introduce you to beekeeping, giving you the skills and confidence to begin to manage your own bees with sympathy and understanding.

The course starts with five fortnightly evening classes, held in our classroom at the Honey Farm, starting in early February. Through themed discussions, using many visual aids and pieces of equipment, we will explore what is involved in beekeeping, how to start, and the basic requirements of time, space, and equipment.

As the bees become active, the course moves from the classroom to the apiary, and you will try beekeeping for yourself, giving you time to become familiar with working with a hive and with honey bees. Our teaching apiary is sited in the meadow adjacent to the farm buildings.
The 2019 autumn Beginners' Course dates will be published shortly.

Thursday evenings, 7pm - 9pm:

  • 3 evening sessions

Sunday mornings, 10am - 12:30pm:

  • 2 morning sessions

Gift vouchers are available - please enquire.

Improvers and Advanced beekeeping courses

Ken and Dan work as part of the tutors team for the National Diploma in Beekeeping Board (NDB). Since 2011, our honey farm has been one of the regional training centres for this initiative, which offers a range of beekeeping courses across the UK.

The two-day NDB Short Courses are aimed at existing beekeepers with at least 3-5 years of experience who want to go beyond the basics. Each course is restricted to a small group with two qualified tutors, and covers one particular aspect of beekeeping in depth. Subject matter ranges from practical skills, through laboratory analysis and diagnosis, to in-depth knowledge - all aim to improve your beekeeping skills.
Forthcoming NDB Short Courses to be held at our honey farm are:

Click on any of the course dates above for more information and to book online.

You can find out more about the National Diploma in Beekeeping, and their Short Course programme, by visiting the NDB website.