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
  • Contact:
  • Comprising 6 sessions: Sundays 24th, 31st March, 7th, 14th, 28th April, and 5th May 2019
    • 2 – 4pm
  • An Apiary session (date weather dependent)

Letchworth Garden City – North Herts BKA

  • Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Letchworth GC
  • Runs from 14:30 to 17:00
  • Course Dates are:-

    • 3rd March 2019 – Introduction to beekeeping
    • 10th March 2019 – Modern day hives and equipment
    • 17th March 2019 – The new Beekeeper getting started
    • 24th March 2019 – Practical, building a bee hive
    • 31st March 2019 – The Beekeepers First Year
    • Late April 2019 – Meet the bees, a visit to our apiary
  • Contact Gary at for more details or you can register for the course here

Much Hadham, nr Bishops Stortford

  • The beginners course runs during April and May and comprises 5 weekly classes at Hopley’s Garden Centre, Much Hadham plus a weekend visit to the Association Apiary.

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

St Albans

  • Comprising 4 sessions: Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March 2019
    • 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm


  • Comprising 8 Wednesday evenings, or 7 Saturday Mornings 2019
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Welwyn Garden City

  • ChristChurch Parkway Halls, Welwyn Garden City
  • Contact:
  • Comprising 4 Tuesday evenings 5th 12th 19th and 26th March 2019
    • 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm
  • Practical session Saturday Morning/Afternoon 16th March 2019
  • An Apiary session in April (date weather dependent)