Winchester and District Beekeepers’ Association (WDBKA) aims to promote best practices in all aspects of bee husbandry.


When you are considering keeping bees for the first time you will have lots of questions about: equipment, cost, time commitment, locating a hive, where to get bees, looking after bees and so on. 

WDBKA can help you answer all those questions. We offer a one day classroom based course: 'Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners' which covers what you need to know to get started. 

2019 Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners. This course is now fully booked.

Date - Saturday 23rd March 2019

Time - 10:00-4:00

Cost - approximately £25.00

Venue Itchen Abbas Village Hall 

During the day members of the Association will give a series of short talks on basic beekeeping issues and there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to us individually. The course does not involve handling live bees but you will be able to join us at an apiary meeting during the summer.

Some refreshments are provided but you need to bring a packed lunch as there are no shops nearby.  

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Feedback from our 2018 attendees:

'I really enjoyed the day, I felt it covered a lot of the things I had questions about and it was lovely to talk with everyone who were enthusiastic about bees both members and others there for the day It was interesting to see all the equipment and information boards I felt it was extremely good value.'

'I thought the presentations were very good and informative. Giving me as much information as I expected being a novice coming into this field.'

And as no beekeeping meeting is complete without cakes...

'There were such lovely cakes and other yummy treats along with tea and coffee.'