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.

The Perfect Hive Inspection

Jane Ridler  (Master Beekeeper) will show us how we should be looking through our hive and handling our bees along with a demonstration of some of the more advanced hive manipulations. A must for all beekeepers wanting to improve.

Dates:   13th July 2017
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Divisional Apiary
Cost: £1 CBK members only
Equipment : Clean Bee suit and relevant equipment for inspections

Taster days
One of the best ways to finding out if keeping bees is for you is to attend a “Taster Day”, where you will look into a hive and hold a frame of bees under the  supervision and guidance of an experienced beekeeper. Chelmsford Division holds a number of “Taster Days” during the year. Details will be posted below as they become available

Date: Next course 10th and 17th Sept 2017
Time:  6pm
Venue: Chelmsford
To book: Use our new secure online shop here. Debit, credit cards and paypal accepted
Cost:  £10
Equipment:  Full length wellington boots plus Marigold gloves

Beginners 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: 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th,  and 22th March 2018
Time: Evenings
Venue: Great Baddow Community Center, Baddow Rd, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 9RL, UK
To book: Use our new secure online shop here. Debit, credit cards and paypal accepted
Cost: £70
Equipment: Notebook, pencil/pen

Please register for courses using 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