Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners

The next course will be held on Saturday 18th March 2023.
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If you book and then find you are unable to come, we will refund provided we are able to fill your place. We will also refund if we cancel the course.

Day/Time - Saturday 18th March 2023 10:00-4:00

Cost - £30.00

Venue Itchen Abbas Village Hall 

About the course

If you are interested in keeping honey bees, we offer an informal one day classroom based course: Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners. This course is ideal for anyone who has an interest in bees and starting beekeeping and aims to help you decide whether beekeeping is right for you. 

Topics covered

During the day there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to us individually about your own situation. The course does not involve handling live bees but we will invite you to join us at an apiary meeting during the summer.

After attending the course, we strongly recommend you undertake further reading and gain practical experience before you get your first colony of bees. 

If you are unable to book on a course you may be interested in other ways of learning about beekeeping. Please see Learning resources. You are strongly advised to get practical experience of handling bees before keeping bees yourself. 

 Further support after the course

Please note that while we will make every effort to find you a mentor, it may not always be possible. We can only allocate mentors to members of WDBKA.

If you live outside our area you should, of course, join your local Beekeeping Association. 


Feedback from our 2022 attendees:

'Really enjoyed being able to talk to each of you. Getting the experts views on experience was brilliant.'
'Thought that the bee hives set up outside with photographs were fantastic.'
'A huge thank you for running this course. I picked up some very useful information that I hope will help me going forward.'