February 21, 2024

Thinking of becoming a Beekeeper?

For many people, learning about bees and beekeeping is captivating and leads to a life-long obsession. You have been warned! However, there is much for a beginner to learn and understand and practical experience in dealing with bees is essential. We strongly recommend that you do not obtain your own bees or equipment until you have learned enough from a beginner’s course (with us or another beekeeping association) that covers both theory and practice. It really is best for both you and the bees to have some sound knowledge and practical experience first. Practical experience is best gained by working with experienced beekeepers through a full beekeeping season (starting in spring and ending in autumn). Check out our “Is Beekeeping for You?” page.

Beginner Training Courses for 2024

We are running two classroom based courses in the February-March timeframe:

  1. Luton Course: A series of 5 classroom based sessions will be held at the Discovery Centre, Stockwood Park, Luton on Sunday mornings covering basic theory; a break for coffee/tea is included.  The course starts on Sunday 18th February and runs until Sunday 24th March but note there is no session on Sunday 10th March..
  2. Bedford Course: A series of 6 classroom based sessions will be held at Moggerhanger Village Hallon Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 10.00pm covering basic theory; a break for coffee/tea is included. The course starts on  31st January with subsequent sessions on 14th, 21st and 28th February and 13th and 20th March (note not consecutive weeks due to venue availability). THIS COURSE HAS STARTED AND IS NO LONGER OPEN FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS. We will be offering an online, self-paced course from March onwards. Watch this space.

The courses cover the basic theory of beekeeping and handling of bees and are delivered by experienced beekeepers. On completion of the theory course, there will be practical sessions throughout the beekeeping season (spring to autumn) in one of the Association’s training apiaries.  It is important for new beekeepers to get experience working with live bees over a season under the guidance of an experienced beekeeper, ideally before getting bees of their own.

The course fee is £95 and includes access to the training, additional handout material and full membership of Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association until 31st December 2024.

  • You can book a place on our Luton based course here.
  • You can book a place on our Bedford based course here.

If you require more information, please contact-us.