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. Use our secure online shop to book.  Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted.

Dates: 25 February; 4, 11, 25 March and 1 April 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: The Link, Trinity Methodist Church,  Chelmsford,  CM1 2XB
To book:Use our secure online shop to book .  Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
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: Fully Booked
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 27 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. 2019

Venue: Various apiaries in and around Chelmsford.
To book:  Invitation only

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.


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: 13th April 2019
Time: 10.30am
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book:  EBKA/CBK members only.Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted.
Cost: £3
Equipment:  Bee Suits, Wellies (mandatory), Marigolds.


Queen Location, Clipping and Marking
Roy Hardwicke 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: 15th June 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book:  EBKA/CBK members only. Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £3
Equipment: Bee Suit, wellies, Marigolds.


Treating Varroa and feeding your bees
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.

Dates: 10th August 2019
Time: 10:30
Venue: Divisional Apiary, Hylands Park, Chelmsford 
To book: EBKA/CBK members only.   Use our secure online shop here. Debit, Credit cards and Paypal accepted
Cost: £3
Equipment:  Bee suits Wellies (mandatory), 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: 1st and and 8th September 2019
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


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