British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association

Upcoming Events & Training Courses

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If you are interested in learning about beekeeping check this page for courses near you or contact your local association - find yours here 

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Mitcham, Surrey: This is the first of a two part General Husbandry course for those that wish to gain further practical training beyond Basic, and those wishing to take the BBKA General Husbandry assessment either this year or sometime in the future. The course content assumes delegates will have two or three years’ experience.

An introductory evening followed by a series of monthly practical sessions at our Woodstock or Witney teaching apiaries, on Wednesday evening (Woodstock), or Thursday evening(Witney) from March until September. At the end of the course students will have gained sufficient knowledge to start keeping bees in the following Spring.

Fee £50

To book tel: 01869 338625 or email

A one day course to help and encourage beekeepers of all abilities to improve their bees, using simple methods that are available to all beekeepers. It is a pleasure to raise your own queens from good docile stock that is best suited to your conditions, rather than simply buying imported queens that may come from a different climate, with the added danger of importing pests and diseases we haven't got. This is one of a number of similar events that have been held recently throughout the U.K.
Filed under: BIFA Days 2016

The course aims to help those wanting to:-
- Discover more about beekeeping -
- Decide whether beekeeping is a suitable hobby.
- Start beekeeping.
It is a 14 hour theory and practical course at Bishops Cannings, Devizes – the theory in the village hall mostly on Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.30pm: February 23rd, March 8th, 22nd, Weds. April 6th, Tues.April 19th. The practical is at the Club apiary nearby on Saturdays around mid-day for 2 hours on May 7th and May 21st.

Cost £80

For details please: Visit our website

Early application is advised since numbers are strictly limited.

Information about the Honey Bee & what is required to be a Beekeeper.

The cost of the course is just £45 and consists of:

5 Theory Sessions to be held on Tuesdays 23rd Feb – 22nd March 2016 – At Kings Church, Red Willow, Harlow, Essex CM19 5PA (see map below) – from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
2 Apiary Sessions. These will take place on Sunday 10th / 17th April 2015 – To be held at Local Members Apiaries from 11.00am to 1pm.

Fee £45

Contact: Email or call: 01279 441941

The course is aimed at helping those who have kept bees for a year or two build on this foundation and learn more while on the steep part of the learning curve.

This will not be 8x2hour lectures. Discussion and contributions from members will be equally important and so everyone will be expected to do some reading and preparation. Course numbers are limited to about 12 or 14 to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

Location: Oswadkirk Village Hall

Fee £40

To Book - Email or Tel:01439771874

The one-day course will enable complete beginners to make a confident start, whilst enhancing the skills and knowledge of those who have started recently.
It will give information with opportunities for questions and discussion on the following topics:

•The honey bee’s life cycle
•How to handle bees and manage them
•Hive types and equipment
•Where to obtain hives and equipment
•Where to obtain bees
•Where to keep bees
•Obtaining honey

Your tutors are experienced beekeepers. They have considerable knowledge of the craft and have been successful at introducing and coaching newcomers to this rewarding pastime.

Please note that the fee covers the cost of the course and tea / coffee at morning and afternoon break times. The fee excludes lunch. However, light refreshments may be purchased from shops and restaurants on the campus. Further details will be sent by e-mail after the closing date Admission is only by prior enrolement.

Please note that bookings are not refundable.

Bookings can be made online at There is a £5 discount for members of a Beekeeping Association, please use promotional code BKA when booking.

Beekeeping - a self-financing hobby?

Beekeeping- can we make it pay? - Roger Patterson

Migratory beekeeping to increase honey yield- Stephen Poyser

Taking bees to the heather - Michael Badger

Understanding Queen Rearing Methods - Roger Patterson.

Tickets £20.

To Book Contact David Abson Tel: 01223-834620  or Email 

Alternatively click here for more information

Filed under: Convention, Improver, Talks

6 indoor sessions to be held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall from 7-9pm on Wednesday from March 16th - April 20th.
3 outdoor "open hive" sessions to be arranged at the last indoor meeting.
Participants are invited to attend indoor and outdoor meetings of Ryedale Beekeepers Association this year.
Mentors will be available following the course to help participants aquire bees and to provide ongoing support


To Book/Enquire: Email or Tel: 01439 788140

Keeping a colony of bees is a commitment and hands on training prior to obtaining bees is advised. 
This course provides a practical introduction to managing a colony of bees safely and responsibly through a whole beekeeping season.
You will have the opportunity to work in small groups with an experienced tutor to inspect and manipulate your 'own' colony of bees and discover if beekeeping is for you. 
We aim to inspect the colonies every weekend on a Saturday, weather permitting, 12 noon - 2:30 pm.
There may be a chance to purchase a nucleus of bees from the association towards the end of the course (as available).
For information please email

The 2016 BBKA Spring Convention will be held at Harper Adams University 8,9,10 April 2016

Friday 8th April - Members Day & Trade Show

Saturday 9th April - Public Day & Trade Show

Sunday 10th April - Education Day

Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB

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Please note accommodation, workshops and hospitality will be available to book from 16th January.

A 3 day course on the following dates
SESSION 1: Saturday 9th April 2015 or Sunday 10th April 2015, 10am - 3.30pm

SESSION 2: Saturday 16th April 2015 or Sunday 17th April 2015, 10am - 3.30pm

SESSION 3: Saturday 23th April 2015 or Sunday 24th April 2015, 10am - 3.30pm

(You will need to attend all three parts of the course but can choose either the Saturday or the Sunday session
of each weekend on a first-come, first-served basis! Numbers are limited, so please book early.)

TIMES: 10.00am – 3.30pm

Our 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course will follow the syllabus developed by BBKA, the British Beekeeping Association, to provide newly interested ones with a basic knowledge of the skills and husbandry involved in beekeeping. It will be delivered over three consecutive weekends by qualified and experienced BBKA members in our newly located Teaching Apiary classroom on Park Farm at Newton St Loe, Bath.
Drinks and snacks are provided, please bring a packed lunch.
All attendees are invited to experience hands-on beekeeping during session 3 of the course, weather permitting!

Bath Beekeepers Teaching Apiary
Park Farm
Colliers Lane
Newton St Loe
Bath, BA2 9JA

Cost; £60

To Book: Email or Tel: 01225 852159

Viewing on the day from 11:00 a.m.
Auction commences at 12:00 noon.
Visit Paynes Southdown Bee Farms at their own stall.
Refreshments available.
To sell your items of equipment or colony(s), complete and
submit a Sellers Registration Form by 12th April.
Register asap, the auction will be restricted to 300 lots.
Terms & Conditions and Sellers Registration Forms
can be viewed at and downloaded from:
For buyers, a Catalogue of Items for Sale will be
published on the same website by Friday, 15th April,
with printed copies also being available on the day.

Filed under: Auction, Bee Market

A two day course with Maurice Field, Master Beekeeper. From 0930 to 1530. Topics covered will include:

- Beekeeping Today, Responsibilities, Resources
- The Honey Bee
- Hives, Equipment and Costs
- The Apiary
- Managing Honey Bee Colonies
- Diseases, Pests and Legislation
- Extracting Honey
- Information, Help and Support

Fee £200

To Book contact: email or Tel: 01424 830357

An excellent one day course for beekeepers or potential beekeepers wanting to learn how to assemble your own National Beehive.
Each student will be given their own hive to take home with a comprehensive handout covering the assembly of the hive and ancillary equipment following a day of step by step instruction with tips and tricks gleaned over years of beekeeping experience.
Basic tools are provided

Fee £250

Email:   Tel: 01273 892035  

Our next course will be run over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2016 and held at the North Valley Community Centre on Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, Lancs, BB8 9RR.

The course will run from 10am to 4pm each day and will cost £70.

For anyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping this is the ideal course, following the national BBKA guidelines. There will be no hive openings on the training course but a practical session will follow at a later date, down at the club apiary at theOff-Shoots Permaculture Project, Towneley Park in Burnley.

Attendees will need to bring their own lunch, pen and paper.

Fee £70

If you are interested in attending the course then please
contact the course tutor Jane Ingham directly via email

Auction of bees and equipment at Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough. Full details and entry form can be found at or from Graham Elliott at Phone 01403 752493 or Mobile 07761 349281

Filed under: Auction
Beekeeping Taster Afternoons - Garden Organic, Wolston, Warwickshire
Commencing at 12.30pm and going through to 4.30pm, the event will be held at the Coventry Branch Training Apiary at Ryton Organic, near Wolston in Warwickshire.
Our team of experienced beekeepers will provide participants with a great taste of what is involved in being a beekeeper.
The programme for the afternoon will be;
Two group sessions which will cover the many different aspects of beekeeping, including:
• the beekeeping year
• setting up an apiary
• Bee Behaviour and the role of the Beekeeper.
• the equipment required
• How honey is extracted and then processed ready for sale.
Then the afternoon will culminate in a hands-on experience of opening up Beehives and looking inside at what the bees are doing.
At the end of the afternoon participants will be given a ‘Goody Bag’ of honey, wax and items of Beekeeping things.  A Certificate of Attendance will also be given to participants.
• full length protective bee suits will be provided.
• we request that you bring along your wellies or boots that protect the ankles.
• you should wear a long-sleeved top and stout trousers
The attendance fee for the Taster Session is £45 and places are limited to 20 people.  
Any person under the age of 18 on the day must be accompanied by an Adult for the whole afternoon.
For more information or to book a place please go to this website.

Registration starts at 9am for a prompt 9.30am start. The morning will be spent in the apiary classroom learning about the honey bee colony, legislation, the beekeeping year and set up costs. After lunch, and weather permitting we will go out into the apiary to open and inspect the hives.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be served - please let us know of any dietary requirements.
We will provide protective bee suits and gloves but we ask that you wear long, light coloured trousers that can be tucked into wellies or similar boots. Do not apply perfumes or aftershaves.
We have a supply of anti histamine tablets and cream in case of stings - but please let us know if you have any particular allergy. You are welcome to bring your own brand of these if you prefer. We hope you will not be stung but cannot guarantee this -  all part of the joys of beekeeping! 
We aim to finish the day at around 4pm and hope that this day will provide you with an overview of the cost, commitments and legislation required to keeping bees safely and responsibly. 
Following on,for those who are keen to pursue this hobby we will be running a 10 week theory and a practical season of beekeeping course in 2017 which will provide you with the necessary expertise to get started..
To Book/Enquire please email