Introduction to Beekeeping, Spring 2018

Tutor: Julian Audsley, Canterbury Beekeepers

Venue: Barham Village Hall Valley Road Barham CT4 6NX (map)

Course 1 – Wednesday  7.00 to 9.00 pm April 18, 25 and May 2, 9 ,16, 23 – 2018

Course 2 – Thursday 7.00 to 9.00 pm April 19, 26, and May 3, 10, 17, 24 – 2018

There will be 6 indoor sessions in Barham Village hall and an additional 2 practicals at an adjacent apiary on weekends to  arranged once you are on the course.

Cost £80      

You can download the  leaflet / application form for printing here: Joint course leaflet 2018 spring(pdf)

A course book is included for use during and after the course together with supplementary handouts and there is plenty of opportunity to handle equipment, assemble frames and ask questions.  The cost also includes membership as a Friend of the Canterbury Beekeepers for the year 2017/18 but details of all local associations will be provided.


This course is aimed at potential beekeepers and those with an interest in beekeeping. It covers all the needs of those thinking about keeping bees.  Novice beekeepers will also benefit by attending this course.  Not everyone becomes a beekeeper after the course, but everyone will come away with a realistic understanding of the pleasures and practicalities of beekeeping today.

Examples of course contents

  • Know how to start & manage a beehive.
  • The different types of hive and types and assembling of frames.
  • The costs and time involved.
  • Understand the life cycle of a honeybee colony.
  • How to manage swarming.
  • Be able to identify problems in the hive and prevent, or manage these problems when they happen
  • Know how to harvest products from the hive, including honey and beeswax.
  • Have enough information to decide if you would like to keep bees.

further details    Julian Audsley   Tel:  0776 183 9119