Beginners New Beekeeper Courses

2018 – COURSE FULL! Now taking bookings for 2019

The next Beginners Beekeeping Theory Course will commence end Jan 2018 (an 8 week Theory course), culminating in the last week with the opportunity of buying a hive (National) plus all the equipment needed in your first year of beekeeping at a discounted rate .

The content of the theory course includes:
• The Bee Colony, different castes and life cycle of the colony
• Different types of hive and frames, equipment needed and costs
• The beekeeping year
• Swarming and artificial swarm control
• Husbandry: Pests and Disease, hive hygiene
• The Honey Crop and hive products, how to extract, store and label honey
• Preparing for winter, feeding, treatments
• Making a Frame, opportunity to purchase a Beehive.

The cost of The Beginners Theory Beekeeping 8 week program is £75.00 and takes place at RHS Gardens Wisley in their Lecture Room. The course is always over-subscribed and usually fully booked by September; so book early!

Tea & coffee are provided.

The Beginners Beekeeping Practical course follows on from the end of the theoretical part with a weekly practical on Wednesday evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm from Mid April 2018 running for 8 sessions at our training apiary in Pyrford, just down the road from RHS Wisley Gardens.

We then have nucleus’ of bees and National Hives, plus a full set of equipment required for your first year of beekeeping available to purchase at discounted rates. We will provide all necessary insurance, full support, a bee buddy and membership to Surrey Bees CIO to enable you to build a social network of likeminded beekeepers and make the most of your new found hobby.

Later in the season we provide additional free one off days to demonstrate clearing supers of honey, extraction, varroa treatment and setting up for winter for all attendees.

The minimum age for candidates participating is 16 years old, but does not preclude, providing they are accompanied by an adult.

Each apiary has a minimum of around 30 bee colonies and candidates are invited to practice their newly acquired knowledge with Trainers along with other beekeepers.

Because of the practical nature of the course we can only accommodate 30 candidates, to be sure of a place, book promptly.

The cost of The Beginners Follow on Practical Beekeeping April – Aug weekly Program is £85.00

To inquire about available places please complete the Form at Enquiries and one of the team will contact you to discuss preferred available course dates and venues. If you do not have a Bee suit they can be provided.
Every subject is supported with detailed hand-outs.

If both Theory and Practical are booked and paid for at the same time then fee is discounted to £150 total.