Sunday Beginner Course

Courses run over the last 2 Sundays in April and the first 2 Sundays in May.  Maximum of 5 students per course.  Courses consist of 4 x 90 minute sessions - giving a total course time of 6 hours spread over the 4 Sundays.  The course is aimed at beginner level beekeepers.

The course will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping focusing on:

- 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.

- Splitting hives to increase colony numbers or replace winter losses.

Used suits and gloves will be available to anyone attending a course who needs to borrow them.  New suits / gloves can also be bought here or bring your own if you already have them.  Wellington boots are recommended footwear as these are bee proof - but other boots or trainers can be worn if you prefer.

Weather permitting the courses will be practical rather than theoretical and will consist of inspecting some of the 15 colonies of bees located in the garden apiary and discussing what we find.  In the event of really bad weather during any session we will retreat to the house and cover some beekeeping theory with a cup of tea or coffee.

The garden apiary is located in woodland at the rear of my house and unfortunately it is situated in rough and steep terrain.  Access also involves going up a large number of steps.  For this reason the course is not suitable for those whose health / mobility would prevent them from gaining access to the hives.  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, they must also be accompanied by a paying adult.

The course is run by myself, I am a commercial beekeeper with around 200 colonies of bees.  There will be plenty of opportunity to ask all the questions you may have (although no promises I will know any of the answers)!

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

​2019 Course dates Sunday 21st April, Sunday 28th April, Sunday 5th May, Sunday 12th May.

Our beekeeping course is now sold out for 2019

New to beekeeping and want to get started this year?

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

Covers all the basics you need to

get started in beekeeping.

Full price £100 for 4 x Sunday sessions.

Course location Hill House, Birchover, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2BN.






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