The Course runs from mid January on a Wednesday evening for 6 weeks at Hawstead Village Hall from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. It is then followed by dedicated apiary sessions directly the weather allows. The course includes the tuition, a course folder, a beekeeping handbook and membership of the West Suffolk and Suffolk Associations, BBKA membership and newsletter and one year’s insurance for up to 3 hives. The cost of the course in 2020 was £100. Partners may accompany at an additional cost of £40. If at the end of the course you would like to take up beekeeping we will help you to acquire your first bees and provide mentoring .

The course is a mixture of lectures and practical activities, and covers the following areas:

  • Natural History
  • Forage and Hive Products
  • Swarming
  • Pest and Diseases
  • Hive Design and Woodworking
  • Siting an Apiary and record keeping
  • Health and Safety

Please note: For 2021 we are running the theory parts of the course via Zoom.

If you would like more information or to register contact