Beginners’ beekeeping courses

The next Winter Course starts in September 2016 at Henfaes Research Centre, Abergwyngregyn LL33 0LB, just off the A55 at junction 13. Intensive one-weekend courses are also on offer in spring and summer 2016, plus one-day Taster Days.

The courses are organized by the National Beekeeping Centre Wales, with support from members of Conwy Beekeepers. Please see 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, and 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 advise on places to stay.

We recommend new beekeepers complete the course and then start with their own bees in the summer. We offer nuclei (small colonies of bees) for sale to new beekeepers in mid summer.

Recommended reading

Keeping Bees, Pam Gregory 2011. An easy to read introduction, well-illustrated. Pam Gregory was a previous Regional Bee Inspector for Wales.
Guide to Bees and Honey, Ted Hooper 2010. Very popular textbook.

Both books are available from Amazon.

5 Responses to Beginners’ beekeeping courses

  1. Jacob milner says:

    Are there any spaces left on the course starting in september? If so, how much is it?

    Thanks, jacob milner

  2. Darren says:

    Hi, I am moving from Australia to wales and would very much like to take the bee keeping courses when are the next few dates please…All the best.

  3. Anwen Goodacre says:

    For years, I have been interested in keeping bees and at last, I have the time and facilities to pursue my dream.
    This week, I spent some time with my neighbour, an experienced beekeeper, and this has convinced me that now is the time to learn all about the skills needed, in order to prepare for my first hives in 2015.
    Would it please be possible for me to to join your course, beginning in September 2014? I live in the Conwy Valley, near Maenan.

    • secretary says:

      Thanks for your enquiry Anwen, which I’ve forwarded to the National Beekeeping Centre Wales They organize local beekeeping courses. I will add your name to our email newsletter list. We have a meeting with the bees at Tal y Cafn this Saturday at 2.3opm. You’d be welcome to come along. Just bring wellies. We can provide you with a bee suit and gloves. Great to hear you have a beekeeper nearby.

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