Beekeeping Courses

Below are a list of our current beekeeping courses.

One day taster: Can I keep bees?

This is a one day taster course in our Hampton Court Way Apiary.  The highlight of the day is, of course, actually opening a hive and looking at all the various activities of the bees inside.  There are also sessions on what is involved in keeping bees, how to keep them healthy, and the practical aspects of lighting a smoker and making a frame.

Come along and explore the wonderful world of bees, guided by our experienced, knowledgeable beekeepers.

The one day course is being run on two separate days from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, 19th May 2022 and Saturday, 18th June 2022 (weather permitting).

The cost is £75, which includes a sandwich lunch, refreshments and the loan of a full, protective bee suit.  You will be asked to bring a pair of wellington boots and rubber gloves.

To book your place please contact Ann Connolly at admin@kingstonbeekeepers.org.uk

Introduction to Beekeeping (Beginners)

This introductory course is delivered in two parts – theory and practical – which both last eight weeks.

The theory course is covered in a series of eight evening classroom lectures with study resources available online. This includes:

  • Basic beekeeping theory
  • Equipment required
  • Lifecycle of the honeybee
  • Work involved over the beekeeping season

The practical course involves the regular opening up of beehives (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 beekeeper’s examinations (optional)

We expect participants to come for the whole season to experience a complete cycle looking after bees, perform an extraction and learn how to prepare colonies for the winter.

Our 2022 Introduction to Beekeeping course is now full. If interested in joining the course in 2023, please contact Anne Connolly at admin@kingstonbeekeepers.org.uk.

Winter Theory Course (Intermediate)

This course takes place over five evening classes and is run by the Surrey Beekeeping Association. It’s open to anyone new to beekeeping but also anyone wanting to sit the module 3 exam. This is taught in a relaxed learning environment where everyone is welcome to share.

The course covers general honey bee management, diseases, pests and poisoning including:

  • Foul brood
  • Features of the Asian Hornet
  • Avoiding wax moth damage
  • Natural poisons, pesticides

We do aim to refresh our bee keeping courses on a regular basis. If you couldn’t find what you were looking for, please do let us know.

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