To apply for any of our courses, please contact us for more information and to reserve your place.
One day taster: Can I keep bees?
Are you thinking of becoming a beekeeper but don’t know where to start? If you want to try it out before making a commitment, you can join us for an informative one day taster course. This is a good way to find out if you are actually afraid of bees or a beekeeping natural.
The course gives a light touch insight to the joys and frustrations of keeping bees including:
- Introduction to our club and bees
- Equipment and hive demonstration
- Hive opening and bee handling
- Health & safety
- Identifying hive inhabitants: workers, drones and the all-important queen
This is always a very popular course and numbers are limited to provide all participants with a personal and high-quality course.
Saturday 30th June 2018, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 8th September 2018, 10am – 5pm
Location: Hampton Court Apiary
Introduction to Beekeeping
This introductory course is delivered in two part – theory and practical – which both last 8 weeks.
The Theory Course is covered in a series of 8 evening classroom lectures with study resources available online. If spaces are available the course can be booked separately for anyone with a general interest in bees. The theory course includes:
- Basic beekeeping theory
- Equipment required
- Life cycle of the honeybee
- Work involved over the beekeeping season
The Practical Course involves the regular opening up of beehives every week of the course (weather permitting) and will give a solid basic grounding in the art of beekeeping including:
- Good practice beekeeping husbandry
- Handling of bees
- Hive management
- Handling a hive tool
- Lighting a smoker
- Advice and support for setting up your own hive and colony
- An introduction to the beekeeper’s examinations (optional)
We expect course participants to come for the whole season to experience a complete cycle in looking after bees, perform an extraction and learn how to prepare colonies for the winter.
Theory: Starting Monday 15th January 2018, 7-9pm, at Esher College, Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB
Practical: Starting Saturday 21st April 2018, 2-4pm, at Hampton Court Apiary
British Beekeepers Association Intermediate Module 2 Honeybee Products and Forage
All members are welcome to join this 5 session course as a way of extending their knowledge. Participants are asked to contribute by taking part in discussions and study sessions but there is no pressure to take the final assessment.
Module 2 covers:
- Honey extraction, processing and bottling
- Cutting comb and chunking honey
- Conditions suitable for storing honey
- Wax cappings and how they can be made
- Bee foraging and good sources of nectar
- The process of pollination and fertilisation
Starts Tuesday 9th January 2018 from 7 pm – 9pm at Esher College, Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB followed by Tuesday 23rd January, Tuesday 6th February and Tuesday 6th and 13th March 2018.