We run training courses for Beginners
One day taster
Most years we run a taster course at the end of September. We hope this year we can resume taster days once Covid19 restrictions are eased. The day allows people to find out what's involved in beekeeping. Click here for a typical programme. Email Ted to book a place on the course.
Beginners (now taking enquiries for 2022)
If after this taster day you would like to find out more, we offer beginners a five week theory course (details here) starting in the Spring. After that you can come to the Branch Apiary each week and learn how to keep bees. You will then be in a good position to get your own bees.
The cost of the season's training programme is £130 (£4 per session!).
Although we are not able to train under 16's and introduce them to Beekeeping, a local organisation can help with this.
Stroud BuzzClub aims to educate children of all ages about the importance of honeybees and all pollinating insects
Following on from the Beginners course we run study groups to assist in passing the BBKA Basic Exam. We also offer an informal gathering to discuss ongoing seasonal management.
For specific learning we recommend that you consider the NDB excellent short courses.
Beginners apiary session
Advanced Beekeeping summer courses
For anyone looking for some unique summer beekeeping training, there are a number of cancellation places on the advanced beekeeping courses available here.