Courses and Training


Taking up the craft of beekeeping is not just a case of buying a hive and some bees from the internet. Without the knowledge to look after your bees, this approach is sure to end in tears.

Due to Government Covid restrictions some of our courses for 2021 are on hold. We do hope to run some of them with reduced numbers and/or online.

We will update details as and when we are able. Please continue to check our website on a regular basis.

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Taster Session 2021
If you have ever thought of taking up the craft beekeeping, this 2-hour session will introduce potential Beekeepers in the Chelmsford area, to the life cycle of the Honey bee and allow you to see inside a beehive.

Date: 4th September and 11th September
Time: 14.00
Venue: Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: Visit our secure online shop. for availability
Cost:£20
Equipment required: Wellies (mandatory), Marigolds. (Bee suits will be provided)

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Beginner’s Theory Course 2022
It is our intention to hold as many sessions at our normal location in Chelmsford, but due to Covid19 restrictions, it is possible our next course in 2022 will be run using a combination of presentations via Zoom and group sessions. Please be assured any group sessions will be held in a Covid-secure location in Chelmsford (subject to Government guidelines).

Therefore to take part in this course, it is important that delegates have access to Zoom and can attend sessions in or around Chelmsford. Further information will be provided to delegates in due course.

This five week course is very popular and provides potential Beekeepers in the Chelmsford area a valuable insight into the life of bees. The syllabus of the course broadly aligns with the Basic Certificate in beekeeping and, on completion, will allow you to move on to the Beginner’s Practical Course – see below. 

Recommended pre-course reading: ‘The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping’ by Ivor Davis and Roger Cullum-Kenyon. Published by Bloomsbury. 

Dates:  February March 2022   
Time: 19.30- 21.30
Venue: TBA (Possibly a combination of presentations via Zoom and group sessions)
Cost: £50
To book:  :  Check back here in August 2021

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Practical Course 2022 – Members Only
The 2022 practical course is a follow on from our theory  course and only students who have successfully completed the theory course will be accepted. During this course you will open up a variety of hives in different settings and at difference stages of development.  You will learn how to safely examine a beehive and gain the knowledge to manage your first hive of bees.

Dates May 2022

Venue: Various apiaries in and around Chelmsford.
To book:  Check back here in April 2022

Cost: £50 plus you will also need to join the Chelmsford Beekeepers for 1 year (£36.50 single).
Equipment: Wellies (mandatory) and Marigolds. Bee suit will be provided by us.

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Swarm Collection 2022 – Members only
This 2 hour session will show you how to collect honey bee swarms safely and efficiently, including both the theory and practical.

Dates:  May 2022
Time: 10.30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: Check back here April 2022
Cost: £3
Equipment:  Bee Suits, Wellies (mandatory), Marigolds.

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Perfect Hive Inspection – Members only
A Master Beekeeper will be showing us the correct way to look through our bees. Using the minimum of smoke, the aim is to make the whole process very enjoyable and will provide us with valuable reminders of what to look for in our hives
Dates: On Hold
Time: 18:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: On Hold .
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigold rubber gloves.

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Queen Location, Clipping and Marking 2022- CBK Members only
One of our experienced beekeepers will be showing us how to find the queen, clip and mark queen her the easy way and talking us through the advantages and disadvantages for this procedure.

Dates: 2022
Time: TBA
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: Check our secure online shop. for availability
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigolds.

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Varroa Treatment and Autumn feeding 2021– CBK members only

In this 2 hour session we will show you how to monitor the number of varroa in your hive, treat your bees with Apiguard and feed your bees.

Cost – £3.00

Date and Time – 10.30am, 7th August 2021

Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: check our secure online shop. for availability
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigolds.

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Oxalic Acid to treat Varroa 2021- Members only
In this 2 hour session we will show you how to monitor the number of varroa in your hive, treat your bees with Apiguard/MAQS strips and feed your bees.

Varroa mites can weaken your colony and make your hive susceptible to secondary pests. Oxalic acid is one of the best ways to manage your Varroa populations in your hive. Oxalic acid can kill up to 90% of the mites in your beehive. To reach these levels of effectiveness however, the colony must be broodless. Your beehive is naturally broodless in the winter, so this course will show you how to effectively and safely use oxalic acid and give your bees a great start for 2020. You will also receive a supply of oxalic acid for your hives as part of the course !

Dates: to be confirmed
Time: to be confirmed
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: Check back here September 2021
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigolds.



For any enquiries only – please use the form below

If any of our Chelmsford courses are fully booked or on hold  you may like to enquire or enroll on a course run by  a neighbouring area. Please make contact with the people below or visit their websites for more information.

Braintree              Colleen Chamberlain      01279 876 333
Colchester           Morag Chase                       01206 522576
Epping Forest     Robin Harman                   07971 237312
Harlow                   Keith Naunton                   01279 303 471
Maldon                  Glenn Mayes                        07979 862952
Romford                Pat Allen                               01708 220 897
Saffron Walden  Jane Ridler                          01279 718 111
Southend              Ann Cushion                       07909 965 117