Beginners Course

Beginners’ Course

If you want to start beekeeping, a good way to learn is to take a beginners’ course.   At the HWBKA beginners’ course you will be introduced to the essentials of beekeeping, and get practical experience of handling bees.

The beginners’ course consists of a series of classroom sessions followed by practical experience with bees at our apiary.

Classroom sessions consist of presentations and demonstrations given by experienced beekeepers.  There are some practical activities involved, but no live bees.  The aim is to give you a basic understanding of bee husbandry, bee behaviour, dealing with the honey crop and the essential requirements of being a beekeeper . 




Course notes and membership of the HWBKA and BBKA (the national body) are included in the price.  If you take up beekeeping we suggest that you obtain a suitable beekeeping book – there are several to choose from.  One of the best is “The Bee Manual” by Claire and Adrian Waring.

Following the theory sessions there will be practical sessions with bees at our apiary.


There will be a choice of dates available from which you can choose two sessions of practical bee handling.  You will learn the essential practical skills and observation techniques needed in beekeeping.

After the arranged sessions have finished you can continue to come to the apiary if you wish and improve your beekeeping skills and knowledge.  Protective clothing is loaned free of charge (except footwear – Wellingtons recommended).

If you decide to keep your own bees, there are often some suitable colonies available from our members at a reasonable price, alternatively, during the swarming season (around May/June) you may be able to collect a swarm for free.  Secondhand hives are sometimes available also.

 Here are a few comments about a previous course from some of the participants:

“Really enjoyed it and would recommend”

“A very good course”

“Very well run, well presented”

“Have learned a lot about beekeeping”

“Well done, really enjoyed it”

“Enjoyed the course, everyone very helpful and friendly”

“It was very good indeed”

“Thought it was excellent and very informative”


To Register your interest for the Spring 2020 Beginner’s Course, email: