Beginners’ Course

Beginners’ Course 2020

Dates, 19th April, 26th April, 10th May, 17th May,

31st May, and an Apiary Day on 7th June .

Time : 2.00 – 4.00pm

Venue: Cellan Millennium Hall SA48 8HZ

Cost: £75.00pp 

The Beginners’ Course

This comprehensive course consists of five theory classes held from 2.00 – 4.00 on Sunday afternoons from late April onwards each year. After the theory classes finish, all beginners are welcome to attend the open sessions held
at the Association’s apiary on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer to observe and assist our Apiary Management Team.

The costs for the full course is £ 75.00 per person or £130.00 per couple payable in advance or on the day of the first theory class.  Your first year’s membership of our association is included in this fee. See the
Join Us pages for information on the benefits of Membership. 

This year’s programme

Week 1: 19th April 2020

Life in the beehive

Understanding the life of the colony

Queen, workers and Drones

Life Cycles and Colony development

The annual cycle of the colony

Communication and control in the beehive

Week 2: 26th April 2020

The Beekeeper’s Year

Seasonal Management and Activities

The five Questions

Siting Apiaries


Handling Techniques

Week 3: 10th May 2020

Getting down to Basics


History of hives, bees and mankind

What it looks like, what you need and what you don’t

Buying bees and Equipment

Making frames

Week 4: 17th May 2020


Planning for Swarms

Simple Biology

Collecting Swarms

Week 5: 31st May 2020

Things that can go wrong


Other problems, stings and first aid.

Week 6: 7th June 2020

Apiary Session 


Week 7: Date to be advised

Honey extraction



Practical Sessions at the Apiary from the end of June to Sept.

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