Beginners’ Course

Beginners’ Course

We run a course for beginner beekeepers every year. The course covers the essential knowledge and skills that all new beekeepers should have before they take delivery of their first colony of bees. The syllabus follows the British Beekeeping Association Introduction to Beekeeping Course and covers the following material:

General introduction to beekeeping

The colony

The hive

History of beekeeping

The beekeeping year


Swarms and swarm control

Pests and diseases

Bees, plants and hive products

Getting started – what happens next?

Cost of the Beginners’ Course

The beginners’ course costs £70. This includes a year’s full membership of the WWBKA. Beginners are requested to buy a copy of the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping, which is required reading and supports the course material.

Beginners’ Course 2022 – Dates and Venue

The classroom based element of the beginners’ course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00. The course takes place at Larkrise Community Farm, West Ashton Road, Trowbridge BA14 6DQ

The 2022 dates are:

  • 22 February
  • 1 March
  • 8 March
  • 15 March
  • 22 March
  • 29 March

After the classroom sessions have been completed, beginners will be able to visit our branch apiary to gain some hands-on experience of working with bees. We will assign each beginner an experienced mentor to help them through their first beekeeping season.

Book on to the beginners’ course

To find out more, or to book on to the next beginners’ course, please contact our Training Co-ordinator on