Beekeeping Beginners Courses

Each year, the Beekeeping Beginners Courses are intentionally run starting around February to April in readiness for those wishing to start beekeeping straight away sufficient time to gain a good basic understanding; obtain equipment, clothing, etc.; and make all the necessary preparations for introducing a colony of bees at the ideal time of April to June.

They’re also for those wishing to take a slower approach to help another beekeeper or just observe for a year or so, and for those simply wishing to gain a better understanding of the Honeybee and the role of the Beekeeper.

Obviously, it is preferable for you to attend a course close to where you live so that you meet with new and existing Beekeepers in your local Beekeeping Branch. However, the courses are run at different times so that you’re able to attend a course out of your area if the timing of your local course is not possible, but still join your local Beekeeping Branch if and when you take up Beekeeping


  • The Methodist Church Hall, Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 9ED
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  • Comprising 6 sessions
  • An Apiary session (date weather dependent)

Letchworth Garden City – North Herts BKA

Bishops Stortford

  • The Crafton Centre in Stansted Mountfitchet,
    • Comprising 5 evening sessions: Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th April, and 10th June 2020
  • Doors open 7.30 pm, for 8.00 pm start to 10.00 pm
    • Plus live apiary sessions throughout the summer

Contact for more details or you can register for the course here.


  • Location: The Old Barge, 2 The Folly, Hertford SG14 1QD
  • 2 courses comprising
    • Sun 29th March, Sunday 5th April, Sunday 19th April (hands-on at the apiary), or
    • Weds 1st April, Weds 8th April, Sun 26th April (hands-on at the apiary)
  • Sundays are 10am-12 and Wednesdays are 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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St Albans

  • Christ Church Hall, New Greens, St Albans
  • Comprising 4 sessions: Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19st & 26th March 2020
  • 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm
  • • Plus an Apiary session – date to be confirmed, subject to weather
  • More details visit here
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Welwyn Garden City

  • ChristChurch Parkway Halls, Welwyn Garden City
  • Contact:
  • Comprising 4 Tuesday evenings
  • Practical session Saturday Morning/Afternoon
  • An Apiary session in April (date weather dependent)