Beekeeping courses

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We run a range of courses throughout the year, generally during the main beekeeping season between the months of March and October.  If you are looking for something a bit more specific, such as preparing for winter or methods of Integrated Pest Management, then please don’t let that stop you from getting in touch – we can always prepare a bespoke programme for interested individuals!

If you can’t find any dates to suit you, or there are none currently advertised, please let us know that you are interested.  We will always put on extra dates when we have enough sign up to make a course viable.

We are happy to provide 1-to-1 instruction for individuals – please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Our current, standard, range of courses can be found below:


Beekeeping Course 1:

Half-day taster – for those that have an interest in bees and are keen to find out more about this fascinating social insect.  Come and get close up to the bees and take the opportunity to have all those questions you didn’t know who to ask answered by an experienced beekeeper.

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Beekeeping Course 2:

Full-day experience – for those who are interested in taking the first step towards looking after their own bees.  The day will cover all the practical considerations that need to be taken into account when starting beekeeping including siting an apiary, essential and desirable equipment, the beekeepers year and the processing of hive produce – plus many other aspects of this rewarding hobby.

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Beekeeping Course 3:

Weekend introduction to beekeeping – this course goes into far greater detail and depth than the day experience, and is ideal for those that have already decided to take on their first hive of bees, or have recently acquired their first colony.

All of the above courses include practical experience of handling bees!

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What to bring on a course:

We will provide all protective beekeeping equipment, including gloves and tops, but you should wear a long sleeve top, trousers (not too flimsy!) and wellies or stout shoes with socks you can tuck your trousers into.  If you are attending one of our weekend courses then it’s probably better to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit mucky – and it’s probably always a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket or coat!  Although we will provide course notes I always like to take a notebook and pencil whenever I go on a course – I always feel like I’m being rude if I type it directly into a notes app on my phone or pad!


The location for all courses:

A J Apiaries, The Lilacs, Dundraw, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 0DP.

(please see the map on our contact page for directions)


Please note that whilst we do our best to ensure that you do not get stung if you are aware that you have a severe allergic reaction to bee stings these courses are not for you as they all involve working with live bees.


Terms & Conditions of Booking Courses


Bookings for our courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.  However, if you let us know that you are unable to attend, we will do our best to resell your place(s).  In the event that we are successful, we will refund you the cost of your place, less an administration fee of 20% per place.  We require a minimum of 7 days notice for all cancellations.

In the event of there being fewer than four people on any one course, we reserve the right to cancel the course in which case a full refund of the course fees will be provided, but we cannot be held responsible for any other expenses incurred in advance of the course.  We will do our best to arrange an alternative date for you.

Our beekeeping courses can only take place with fair weather conditions – the bees do not enjoy being manipulated during inclement weather and the likelihood of them sharing their stingers with course participants increases dramatically!  If it is necessary to cancel a course due to the weather then we will either refund you the full cost of your place or attempt to arrange an alternative date for you.