Beginner's Theory Course (September & January)
An evening course for those considering beekeeping for the first time – no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Held in September, and repeated in January, this course will teach you, amongst other things, the life-cycle of the honeybee, elementary colony management, setting up your own apiary, and guide you through what equipment and clothing you will need. The course consists of 10 sessions of classroom-based teaching, held during the winter season at our apiary. Read more about this course and see dates.
Beginner's Practical Course (April)
Aspiring beekeepers will gain their first experience handling a colony of our beginner-friendly bees. Held on a Wednesday evening or Thursday morning (and you are welcome to do a mix of both), this practical course is planned to be 14 sessions and will be held outside (when weather allows!) in our apiary. In wet weather, we will relocate to our classroom and cover other interesting and useful topics. Beginners attending the course will have the opportunity to buy their own nucleus of bees at a reduced rate. These bees are specially selected for their easy to manage temperament. Read more about this course and see dates.
Blackhorse Open Day
Whether you are interested in becoming a beekeeper, are an experienced keeper, or just want to learn more about bees, then come along to our free, family-friendly open day. It's wonderful opportunity to explore the apiary, see the bees and beekeeping equipment, and discuss beekeeping. Read more about our open day.