Beekeeping – 2 day Introduction 14th — 15th May 2022

Beekeeping an Introduction  – Sat 14 and Sun 15 May 2022 (2-days) 


Martineau Gardens has been running these popular beekeeping courses for a number of years. This weekend course will be taught by Sam Walker and Jane Nimmo (Sat 14 and Sun 15 May), and takes place in the grounds of our beautiful comuunity garden, Martineau Gardens. Each day, the course runs from 10am with an approximate finish of 4pm (it may overrun a little), with a half-hour break for lunch. The total cost for both days is £125 (no concessions).  You will need to bring a packed lunch since there is no cafe (no bananas! – all will be explained on the course) but hot and cold drinks are provided. All protective clothing will be provided and laundered in between each use, but you will need to bring a pair of wellies which will stop  bees getting up your trouser leg (you won’t need to wear them all day) and a note pad. It’s helpful to bring a cap, (and a hairband if you have long hair).

Advance booking is essential.


Course Aim:

To teach an understanding of small scale ‘hobbyist’ beekeeping. This will allow delegates to understand what is involved in keeping bees. Although the course is normally classroom based, within the grounds of Martineau Gardens, there will be some practical elements. Depending on weather we hope to have some  practical time in the apiary too.  Following on from the enthusiasm and uptake of our one-day ‘tasters’, this course will give you more in-depth information. Students will be expected to continue to self study / have guidance from an association to attain a good understanding before buying bees.

Introduction to the course

Types of hives

Basic Equipment

Obtaining bees

Buying a Nucleus

Obtaining a swarm

Buying a complete colony

Precautions when obtaining bees

Reading list and notes

Beekeeping association membership


Honey bee life cycle.

Colony organisation.

Cycle of work in the apiary.









Artificial swarm

Artificial swarm without finding the queen

Uniting stocks




Moving bees







Harvesting honey

Extracting honey

Processing honey

Feeding bees

Finally in conclusion

There will also be an opportunity for the delegates to visit the apiary at Martineau Gardens weather permitting during the course or on another date if weather is unsuitable

About your Tutors:

Samantha Walker, our volunteer beekeeper and President of Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association 2021 (B&DBKA) . Interested and inspired by all things related to nature, started an interest in honey bees and joined B&DBKA in 2013. Sam rapidly became a mentor to other beekeepers and has been teaching beekeeping courses for the last four years. Jane Nimmo has been a beekeeper and member of B&DBKA for the last 10 years.  She started her journey with a course at Martineau Gardens and is now a qualified beekeeper and Trustee for Warwickshire Beekeepers. She runs her own business ‘Let It Bee’. and happily spends her days making natural skincare products and beeswax wraps.

To book your place – call 0121 440 7430

£125 (no concesions) – advance booking and payment is essential.

To book your place, please telephone Martineau Gardens on 0121 440 7430 to check availability and then arrange your payment. Payment by card (except American express), BACS transfer (use the reference Bees + surname) or in-person with cash (sorry, no cheques).


Refunds will apply if the course is cancelled or postponed due to a national or local lockdown.  In the event that you have booked and paid but cannot attend, the booking can be transferred to another person but you need to let us have the details of the new attendee. Alternatively we can try to resell your place, if successful then a refund will be given, otherwise no refund. We do not accept liability for your travel costs if you have paid fares in advance.

Covid-19 update: 

We will implement our COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure everyone’s safety. You will need to provide approval for use of your contact details in the event we are advised of any participant testing positive for COVID-19. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, have been in contact with anyone with the virus in the previous 14 days or are subject to quarantine restrictions, please do not attend the course.


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Find out about our one-day taster course here