Beginners classes


If you are interested in the beginner's course email the Membership Secretary .

Thank you for your interest in our Beginners Winter Beekeeping Course. However, the winter course for 2020 is now oversubscribed and is no longer open for new applicants.

What you need to know when the winter courses are being run!

The course will be held in the Miller Hall at the Twickenham Apiary, 41 Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BH. The course runs from  January through to March for 8 weeks and is from 19:00 to 21:00 on a Wednesday evening.

It is intended for absolute beginners, with no previous knowledge or experience of beekeeping, who would like to learn more before considering keeping bees in an urban environment. It may also be helpful for those who have had some experience of beekeeping in the past and would like to brush up on their knowledge. It is run by members on a voluntary basis and is designed “to educate the general public in beekeeping”.

We hope those who attend the course find it enlightening, stimulating and a spur to continue in the ancient craft of beekeeping.

Please note that there is no ‘hands-on’ beekeeping in this winter course.

We provide this course free of charge to you, however, the association positively welcomes donations and a suggested contribution of £65 will be very much appreciated.

For those who attend the course and would like to continue with practical beekeeping at the apiary we provide hands-on training throughout the season from April to September. At the end of the season you should have gained the basic practical knowledge and experience to safely manage a colony of bees on your own. But there is always more to learn!

Membership of the association is required for this practical training and further details will be available during the course.

With best wishes,

“The Winter Course Team”

Talk topicsDateTime
Topic 1 Introduction to beekeeping in Britain15/01/202019:00-21:00
Topic 2 The Community of the Bees22/01/202019:00-21:00
Topic 3 A Life's work29/01/202019:00-21:00
Topic 4 Bees, Plants and Honey05/02/303019:00-21:00
Topic 5 Pests and Diseases12/02/202019:00-21:00
Topic 6 The Beehive19/02/202019:00-21:00
Topic 7 Seasonal management26/02/202019:00-21:00
Topic 8 Swarms and swarming04/03/202019:00-21:00