Begin your Beekeeping and build a beehive: A 2-day course


A 2-day course to introduce beekeeping today, the apiary setup, and what is involved in the beekeeping year. This course includes a look inside a beehive and a practical day learning how to build your own National Beehive (worth over £200!) to take home ready for your bees.

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    Available Dates

    Sat 6th and Sun 7th April 2024
    Sat 15th and Sun 16th June 2024
    Sat 28th and Sun 29th September 2024


    Two days 9.30am - 4.30pm

    1. Introduction to bees and other pollinators. Learn about pollination, its importance and the role of the honeybees and other pollinators.
    2. The honeybee. Find out about the fascinating biology and behaviour of the honeybee.
    3. What is involved in keeping honeybees. Consider what equipment and space is needed to keep bees and the regular and seasonal activities involved.
    4. Products of the beehive. Hear how to harvest and process the bounty from the hive and sample different kinds of honey.
    5. A look inside a hive. Take a look inside a working beehive, see the colony structure; nest and honey stores and see how to identify the queen bee, workers and drones.
    6. Hive and Frame assembly: Guiding, via demonstration, each student to assemble their own cedar hive and frames which they take home

    What to Expect

    An informative, practical and enjoyable 2 days learning all about honeybees and how to build a cedar national beehive and frames.

    Where the bees and the weather allow, this day will include an inspection of a hive. A bee-suit will be provided.

    What to Bring

    Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
    Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
    Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.
    Bring gloves (washing-up type gloves are fine) and wellies/boots for the visit to the apiary.
    Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start

    Cancellation Policy:

    To ensure all attendees get the best experience from their training we only run our courses in small groups.

    We therefore must operate with a strict cancellation policy:  Refunds (or booking transfers) are not given for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course.  If a cancellation is made with more than 2 weeks notice but within 6 weeks of the course date, then we will try to re-sell your tickets, if we are successful then a refund will be issued for the full amount less a £10 administration fee.  If a cancellation is made with more than 6 weeks notice, then a full refund will be issued.

    Click here to view our Terms & Conditions or contact us for further details.

    Oliver St.John


    Oliver has been keeping bees for many years and was one of the first beekeepers in Sussex to pass the BBKA’s Honeybee Health assessment and is working his way through the other assessments and exams to hopefully one day become a Master Beekeeper.   An Army Instructor during his time in the British Army – he now teaches various beekeeping courses across the County as well as being the Education Coordinator for East Grinstead Beekeepers Association.

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