2023 Beginners Beekeeping Course

Getting ready for the wonderful hobby of Bee Keeping

Beekeepers learning how to find the Queen.

This course is run over 5 consecutive Sunday afternoons and will include a practical session covering frame and hive construction. And finally there will be a visit to our honeybee apiary where opening and inspecting a hive will be demonstrated.

The cost of the course is only £100 which includes the excellent book, the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (RRP is £18.99) suitable for the beekeeping beginner and a years membership to North Herts Beekeepers Association (NHBKA) which includes the BBKA & Hertfordshire BKA. Your NHBKA membership starts as soon as we receive your membership form and payment and runs through to March 2024 and your BBKA & HBKA membership will start in March 2023 to coincide with the start of the course.  If you are already a member of another division of HBKA then we will waiver our membership costs.

This is our very popular course for those who want to take up Beekeeping in their first year. Our course is always fully booked, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

The course is run over 5 sessions and the agenda includes:-

  • Part 1 , An overview history and background to the Honeybee and to Beekeeping
    • The make-up of the Honeybee colony; the history of Honeybee ‘nesting’; Honeybee Foraging and Uses within the Hive; and Materials and produce from the hive, and wide ranging uses
  • Part 2 , Modern day hives and equipment
    • Different types of hive; Beekeeping clothing; and hive tools used to maintain the hive
  • Part 3 , The new Beekeeper getting started
    • Where to keep bees; positioning the hive; obtaining a Beginners Hive, clothing, and tools ; and obtaining Bees
  • Part 4 , The Beekeepers First Year
    • Spring, summer, late Summer, and mid-winter honeybee colony and hive inspection and maintenance
    • An overview of the range of training and support to cover the hobbyist beekeeper with one or two hives, up to the serious beekeeper with multiple hives and associated activities.
  • Part 5, This is a practical session where we spend the afternoon building as many bee hives as we can (usually 4).

In late April 2023 there will be a visit to our honeybee apiary where opening and inspecting a hive will be demonstrated.

To sign up to the course mailing list and register your interest then please click here.

Please  click here to download the training subscription and membership form, please send your completed form along with your payment to the address on the form.

The cost of the course is only £100 which includes the excellent book, the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (RRP is £18.99) suitable for the beekeeping beginner and a years “country” membership to North Herts Beekeepers Association (NHBKA) which includes the BBKA & Hertfordshire BKA. Your NHBKA membership starts as soon as we receive your membership form and payment and runs through to March 2024 and your BBKA & HBKA membership will start in March 2023 to coincide with the start of the course.  If you are already a member of another division of HBKA then we will waiver our membership costs.

Course Dates are:-

  • Part 1, 26th Feb 2023 – 14:30 to 17:00, Introduction to beekeeping
  • Part 2, 5th March 2023 – 14:30 to 17:00, Modern day hives and equipment
  • Part 3, 12th March 2023 – 14:30 to 17:00, The new Beekeeper getting started
  • Part 4, 26th March 2023 – 14:30 to 17:00, The Beekeepers First Year
  • Part 5, 2nd April 2023 – Practical, building a bee hive
  • Late April 2023 – Meet the bees, a visit to our apiary

The address for the training session venue is:

Mrs Howard Memorial Hall
Norton Way South,
Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire, SG6 1NX

Lastly, we look forward to meeting you in the very near future.