Beginner’s Course 2020

The Beginners’ Course for 2020 is now full, and the waiting list is closed.

We will hold another course in 2021. 


If you want to start beekeeping, a good way to learn is to take a Beginner’s Course with an established Association

At the HWBKA Beginner’s Course you will be introduced to the essentials of beekeeping in 7 classroom sessions, and get experience of handling bees in 2 practical sessions.


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


Classroom dates for 2020 Course:

All session will be held at the Trinity United Reformed Church, London Rd, High Wycombe HP11 1BJ.  All sessions will run from 10am – 12md on the following dates:

Saturday 7th March 2020

Saturday 14th March 2020

Saturday 21st March 2020

Saturday 28th March 2020

Saturday 4th April 2020

(11th April – no session for Easter Weekend)

Saturday 18th April 2020

Saturday 25th April 2020

Course notes and current year membership of the HWBKA 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.

HWBKA also has a library of reference books available for Association Members to borrow.



Practical sessions will be held at our Training Apiary in Saunderton following the theory sessions.

There will be a choice of sessions available from which you can choose two dates. You will learn the essential skills of bee handling, hive inspections and observation techniques needed to manage a colony.


The cost of the course for 2020 is £80.00 per person.

On-going support

After the arranged sessions have finished you can continue to help out at the apiary for supervised hive inspections if you wish to 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”

The Beginners’ Course for 2020 is now full.  

The waiting list is closed.

We will hold another course in 2021.

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