Introduction to Beekeeping

1) Theory Course 2018

A series of 8 weekly evening classroom based winter lectures. Covers the basic theory and equipment required, the life cycle of the honeybee and the work involved over the beekeeping season and a lot more. Start date Monday 15th January 2018. Venue Esher college, 7-9pm, half term break 12th February. If spaces are available  the course can be booked separately for anyone with a general interest in bees.

2) Practical Course 2018

Covering all aspects of good practice beekeeping husbandry, including handling of bees and hive management, the basic topics of hygiene, handling a hive tool, lighting a smoker and opening a hive. The course consists of 8 weeks of structured lectures and practical sessions, followed by a complete season of practical sessions.  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.

Advice and assistance to buy a hive and queen and set up own colony.
An introduction to the beekeeper’s examinations (optional).
Start date Saturday 21st April 2018 Venue Hampton Court Apiary, 2-4pm


1) Book both parts and become an Associate member of Kingston Beekeepers – cost £170 (+ £21* if you require monthly BeeCraft) magazine.

2) If you know you are going to get your own bees next year (after the course) book both parts and become a Full Registered member from 1st January 2018 for total of £207.75. This also enrols you with British Beekeeping Association (BBKA), Surrey Beekeepers Association (SBKA), insurance on your first 3 hives, monthly BBKA News, monthly BeeCraft* magazine and invitations to various educational and social events.

3) Book Theory part only for £75

4) If you are an existing KBKA member total cost for both parts will be £150

* Discount of £6pa for digital version of BeeCraft.

Please note that we are at capacity on our club apiary site and if you get your own bees/hive(s) it will be down to you to find a suitable site – we can advise. That is not to say that KBKA might not find suitable site(s) in the future but don’t rely on it.

To book your place please email.

Hampton Court Apiary
Hampton Court Way Allotments
East Molesey