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Combined Theory and Practical Beekeeping Course £250


This combined course provides you with a complete overview of both the theoretical and practical aspects to understanding and managing a colony of honeybees.

The theory part of the course will last for 10 weeks starting on Thursday 18th January 2024 (7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm-9pm) and will continue on every Thursday evening until 21st March. There will also be a class on the following Thursday evening, 28th March, which will be ‘Preparing for the Practical Course’ and suit fitting. This will all take place at the EBKA teaching apiary and classroom in Ewell.  

During the Theory Course you will learn about the biology of the honeybee, how the colony functions and how to manage various aspects of their care such as swarm control and diagnosing and treating pests and diseases.  We will also provide you with up to date set up costs and where to source/site your colony of bees.

The practical part of the course will follow on to start on Sunday 7th April 2024 (9am for a prompt start at 9.30am until around 12 noon) and continue on every Sunday until 30th June.

The Practical Course will provide you with the skills to manipulate a colony of bees as well constructing and cleaning equipment.
The price includes a copy of the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (2nd Edition) the loan of a bee suit and complimentary membership of the Epsom association for the duration of the course.

Beekeeping Experience Day 2024

Course Cost £80
Sunday 19th May or 16th June 2024


The Experience Day offers a mix of theoretical and practical learning to provide an overview of the lifecycle and craft of keeping a colony of honeybees. This one day course is designed to give a you ‘taste’ of the commitments, equipment, costs and knowledge required before starting.

If you discover that beekeeping is the hobby for you then we recommend that you move onto the ‘full’ training course which comprises 10 weeks of Theory and 15 weeks of practical training to ensure that you are confident to handle and maintain a colony safely and appropriately.

The morning will be spent in the classroom where we will explore the biology of this fascinating insect and talk about the care and equipment required to handle/maintain them.

You will also learn about the ‘products’ of the hive and have an opportunity to taste a range of different honeys!

After lunch (weather permitting), attendees will have the opportunity to put on a bee suit and examine inside the hive of a colony of honeybees to identify the different castes, the honeycomb nest and experience holding a frame of bees!

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided as well as the protective bees suit.
Full details of the day will be provided upon receipt of payment.

All courses are aimed at those starting out in beekeeping, or perhaps those returning to it. The club will loan attendees all the equipment required during visits to the apiary (protective bee suits, hive tools, smokers, etc.).

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