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We run training courses for Beginners
One day taster

Each September we hold at least one Taster Day. This is aimed at those who are not sure whether they are suited to beekeeping.

We present the fundamentals of what is involved with keeping bees, the equipment needed along with the next steps. We finish with an visit to out apiary, looking inside a hive and experiencing the wonderful world of bees.

Email Training to book a place on the course or to find out more.


The beginners course is intended for people who are looking to keep their own bees or have a keen interest in Beekeeping but want to find out more.

The course runs  over 2 years with the end goal to take away your own bees and nucleus.

Year 1 consists of fully guided, weekly apiary sessions learning all about bees and beekeeping from our team of experienced beekeepers.

Year 2 gives more focus on you managing your own colony at one of our apiary sites with guidance on hand where necessary. At the end of the second year a colony of bees is available for you to take with you.

Email Training to book a place on the course or to find out more.

Study Groups

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. 006.jpg

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.

Under 16's

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

For more information, contact Peter Lead at Stroud BuzzClub.

A programme of the buzz clubs events can be found to the right.

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