Bee Keeping 7 and 21 May

Bee Keeping Courses 2016

Introductory one-day courses on the art of bee keeping.

             The Beehives, Martineau Gardens  Honey Made by the Bees of Martineau Gardens

So you think you would like to keep bees? You may have noticed a number of media reports commenting on the current problems facing the honey bee and thought, ” What can I do about it?” Well, for one you could come along to one of the one day courses at Martineau Gardens for a non-technical taster. Honey bees need your help! The course will take you through various stages including:-

  • The difference between the three most common striped stinging insects
  • What does it cost
  • Beekeeping organisations, insurance
  • Equipment-  to buy or assemble your own
  • Types of hive
  • Siting hives
  • Tools
  • Clothing
  • The bee colony
  • What bees make
  • Pests
  • How to obtain bees
  • Swarms
  • Honey
  • Honey shows
  • Tasting mead and honey beer
  • Hands on – with live bees!

Taking place on Saturday 7 May* and Saturday 21 May 2016  in the grounds of our beautiful community garden, Martineau Gardens, and led by our Bee Keeper, John Gale. Choose one of these identical courses.

The one-day courses run from 10am – 4pm, with a half-hour break for lunch, and cost £50. Advance booking is essential. You will need to bring a packed lunch but hot and cold drinks are provided. All protective clothing will be provided, but you will need to bring a pair of wellies.

*Previously advertised at 14 May, please note the date change

To book your place

Advance booking and payment is essential. Please post a cheque, to the value of £50, made payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’ to:

Bee-Keeping Course, Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Birmingham, B5 7UG with a covering letter stating your preferred date and your contact details. Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer or in person, with cash or by cheque.

100% Refunds will be given in the event that the course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, tutor illness, or other reasons.  If you cancel up to 7 days before the start of the course, we will give you a 50% refund of the course fee (£25). We do not accept liabiltiy for your travel costs if you have paid fares in advance.


0121 440 7430 or [email protected]