The next Winter Course starts in September 2017 at Henfaes Research Centre, Abergwyngregyn LL33 0LB, just off the A55 at Junction 13. Classes are held on the second Tuesday evening of the month. Dates for 2017: Intensive one-weekend courses: 29th and 30th April; and 8th and 9th July. Taster Days on 13th May and 24th June. Hive Building Workshop on Sat 25th March.
The courses are organized by the National Beekeeping Centre Wales, with support from members of Conwy Beekeepers. Please see www.beeswales.co.uk for details.
The well-established Winter Course has trained hundreds of new beekeepers, from all over north Wales. It consists of eight evening classes, one a month on Tuesdays, and two sessions with the bees at Henfaes. The course should give you the knowledge and confidence to start beekeeping. The course is only the beginning. We urge you to follow the course by attending our apiary meetings and winter lecture meetings, read up all you can about bees, team up with other beekeepers, and become thoroughly absorbed in beekeeping. It’s a very addictive pastime!
Intensive weekend courses and Taster Days are very popular with visitors. They can be combined with a long weekend in north Wales, with its many attractions: Bodnant Gardens, the World Heritage Conwy Castle and Town Walls, and Conwy RSPB. Taster Days make a popular present. We can suggest places to stay.
Keeping Bees, Pam Gregory 2011. An easy to read introduction, well-illustrated. Pam Gregory was a previous Regional Bee Inspector for Wales, and a good friend of Conwy Beekeepers.
Guide to Bees and Honey, Ted Hooper 2010. Very popular textbook.
Both books are available from Amazon.