Beginner Level Beekeeping Course

Courses are available on Saturdays (£80) and Thursdays (£75).  Courses run from 10:00am to 4:00pm and are aimed at beginner level beekeepers.  No beekeeping experience or knowledge required.

The course will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping including:

- The different types of honey bee found in the hive and their basic life cycle.

- What you need to look for when opening a hive at different times throughout the year.

- How to keep a colony of bees healthy and strong.

- The basics of preventing swarming.

- Simple methods of rearing new queens.

- How to split hives to increase colony numbers or replace winter losses.

- Honey extraction and processing.

Used bee suits and gloves will be available to anyone attending a course who would like to borrow them for the day.  New suits and gloves can also be bought here, or bring your own if you already have them.  Wellington boots are the recommended footwear, these are bee proof and are ideal if you have them - but other footwear can be worn if you prefer.

The course is a practical beekeeping course and at least half of the course time will be spent inspecting some of the colonies of bees in our training apiary, finding the queens etc.  Practical beekeeping can be hot and tiring (especially on a warm day).  So the day is broken up with a number of indoor presentations covering all the essentials for new beekeepers.  The presentations take place in our honey extraction building and they give everyone the chance to sit down, cool off and have a cup of tea!

Practical beekeeping requires fairly dry weather - colonies can't be opened in torrential rain.  Your course will be postponed to the following day (Sunday or Friday) in the event that really bad weather is forecast for your course date.  You will be contacted at least 24 hours in advance if your course has to be postponed due to a bad weather forecast.    

The course is unsuitable for anyone who has, or suspects they may have an allergy to bee stings.  The course is also unsuitable for children under the age of 10.  Children aged 10 or over are welcome on the course and will be charged the full adult price, all children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

The course is run by James Prince.  James is a commercial beekeeper who has kept bees for over 20 years.  He currently keeps around 200 colonies of bees.  There will be plenty of opportunity to ask all the questions you may have.

Please note that this is an informal taster course - it does not result in a recognised beekeeping qualification.

​A toilet and hand washing facilities are located in the honey extraction building for the use of those attending the course.


Those attending the course will need to bring their own packed lunch and drinks.

Full refunds will be provided to all customers in the event their course is cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions.    

Please use the button below to pay for a one day beginner course.  Please type your phone number and email address in the box provided.

New to beekeeping and want to get started this season?

Gain practical experience and learn what the hobby involves with our one day practical beginner course.

Covers all the basics you need to

get started in beekeeping.

Full price £75 for a one day (6 hour) course.

Course location Birchover, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire.





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Hill House, Birchover, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2BN.  Tel: 01629 650457  Email: