Becoming a Beekeeper
Beekeeping attracts a hugely diverse range of individuals.
We have three key pieces of advice for those interested in beekeeping:
- Join a beekeeping Association
- Enrol on a beginner’s course
- Buy a good beginner’s book like the ‘Haynes Beekeeping Manual’
Our Association runs a variety of training to help and support new and improving beekeepers to learn and advance their craft.
Many of our training events are available to book via EventBrite.
Download our 'Getting Started' Guide
We run these short sessions to explain the basics about bees and beekeeping to allow you to see if beekeeping might be for you.
Please see our events pages for details, visit our Eventbrite page or contact us regarding the next available dates.
Normally in spring we run a full beginner’s course at weekends. This is divided into two days sharing information on a wide range of topics that underpin beekeeping. This is followed by practical sessions run throughout the active season to help demonstrate the practical skills and techniques needed.
Visit our Eventbrite page for details and booking.
BBKA Basic Assessment
We encourage members to consider the British Beekeepers Association’s Basic Assessment after a year or so of beekeeping. We run a free preparatory course for members each spring. This takes you through the requirements and has led to almost 100% of candidates passing.
Find out more about the Basic Assessment on the BBKA website
The BBKA run a series of practical and written assessments and exams for those who wish to improve their knowledge and skills. As a local association our exams secretary can explain what is required to apply. A number of our members have taken these exams and are able to help and support those interested.
Find out more about further assessments and exams on the BBKA website
We have provided successful beginner’s training for a wide range of community and corporate clients. Our experienced trainers can adapt a course to your requirements in terms of times and content. We keep our pricing realistic and pride ourselves on the level of after training support we provide. Please contact us for further details.