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.

Beginner’s Theory Course
This course is very popular and provides 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. Recommended pre-course reading: ‘The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping’ by Ivor Davis and Roger Cullum-Kenyon. Published by Bloomsbury

Dates: 22 February; 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2018
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Great Baddow Community Centre, Baddow Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford,    CM2 9RL
To book: FULLY BOOKED 
Equipment: notebook, pen/pencil


Perfect Hive Inspection
Jane Ridler (Master Beekeeper) will be showing us the correct way to look through our bees. Using the minimum of smoke, Jane aims to make the whole process very enjoyable and will provide us with valuable reminders of what to look for in our hives

Dates: 23 May 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: CBK members only. Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigold rubber gloves.


Practical Course 
The 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 Option 1:   28 April 10:00 – 14:00, 1st May 18:30 – 20:00, 8th May 18:30 – 20:00, 15th May 18:30 – 20:00, 22nd May 18:30 – 20:00hrs.

Dates Option 2:   28 April 10:00 – 14:00,  3rd May 18:30 – 20:00, 10th May 18:30 – 20:00, 17th May 18:30 – 20:00, 24th May 18:30 – 20:00hrs. Fully Booked

Venue: Various apiaries in and around Chelmsford.
To book: By invitation only. Booking starts 2 April 2018 Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £50 plus you will also need to join the division for 1 year (£35.50 single). You will complete a membership form on the first session of the course.
Equipment: Wellies (mandatory) and Marigolds. Bee suit will be provided by us.


Queen Clipping and Marking
Roy Hardwicke will be showing us how to clip and mark queens the easy way and talking us through the advantages and disadvantages for this procedure.

Dates: 12th June 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: CBK members only. Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigolds.


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

Dates: 2nd and 9th September 2018
Time: 13:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: Public Welcome. Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £10
Equipment:  Wellies (mandatory), Marigolds. Bee suit will be provided by us.


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

Dates: 28th April 2018
Time: 10.30am
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book:  Fully Booked
Cost: £3
Equipment:  Bee Suits, Wellies (mandatory), Marigolds. 


Chelmsford Beekeepers Centenary Dinner
All member of EBKA and partners welcome to our Centenary Dinner, including tree course meal, private bar, guest speakers  and entertainment.

Date: 16 November 2018
Time: 19:30
Venue: County Hotel Chelmsford  
To book: All members of Essex Beekeepers Association and partners welcome.  Use our secure online shop to book from September 2018  Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted. Contact Ian Grant for further deatils
Cost: TBA


To book onto a course please use our web shop. For any inquiries about courses please use the form below

 

 

 

If you would like to enroll on a course outside of Chelmsford please make contact with the people below 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