Introduction to Beekeeping, Spring 2017 *** COURSE NOW FULL ***

Tutor: Julian Audsley Canterbury Beekeepers, a  Branch of Kent BKA

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

Tuesdays 7.00 to 9.00 pm March 14, 21, 28 and April 18, 25 and May 2 – 2017

There will be 6 sessions in Barham Village hall and an adjacent apiary and an additional 2 practicals on weekends to be arranged during the course.  The course has a mixture of indoor sessions and practicals and the  2 practical sessions on a weekend are arranged once you are on the course.

Cost £80      

This course is now full. The next course will be in September details to follow shortly.

You can download the  leaflet / application form for printing here: latest_course_leaflet-2017 (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 2016/17 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