Beekeeping Course 2020
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Saturday Beginner Course

Courses dates for 2020 are Saturday 25th April and Saturday 2nd May.  Maximum of 5 students per course.  Courses run from 10:00am to 4:00pm and are 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 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 recommended footwear as these are bee proof - but other boots or trainers can be worn if you prefer.  If borrowing protective equipment it is advised you wear fairly light clothing i.e. shorts and a t-shirt or similar.  You will be wearing a full protective suit on top of your own clothes and it is hot inside a bee suit on a warm day.

The courses are practical and will consist of inspecting colonies of bees located in one of our apiaries, finding queens etc.  Practical beekeeping requires fairly dry weather, colonies can't be opened in torrential rain!  In the event that really bad weather is forecast for your course date your course will be postponed to the following day (Sunday).  You will be contacted by phone if your course has to be postponed.    

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 also be accompanied by a paying adult.

I am a commercial beekeeper with around 200 colonies of bees and I have been beekeeping for over 20 years.  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.

​Toilet facilities are available near the apiary.  Those attending the course will need to bring their own packed lunch and drinks.

Please use the button below to pay £80 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 £80 for a one day (6 hour) course.

Course location Birchover, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire.






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