Beekeeping Taster Courses SOLD OUT Summer 2019

Sat 15 June or Sat 13 July

Introductory one-day courses on the art of beekeeping.  

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
  • Life cycle
  • Role of the beekeeper
  • What bees make
  • Pests
  • How to obtain bees
  • Swarms
  • Honey
  • Honey shows
  • Hands on – with live bees! (weather permitting)

Taking place in the grounds of our beautiful community garden, Martineau Gardens, and led by volunteer Beekeepers, Ray Bowers and Sam Walker (pictured here).

Volunteer Beekeepers Ray Bowers and Sam Walker photocredit: Lyndsay

The one-day course run from 10am – 4pm (approximate finish, it may overrun a little), with a half-hour break for lunch, and cost £75. (£65 for Friends of Martineau Gardens.)  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 which will stop  bees getting up your trouser leg (you won’t need to wear them all day).

To book your place


Advance booking and payment is essential. You can pay by card, cash or cheque. To pay by card, visit us in person or telephone on 0121 440 7430 Monday to Friday 10am until 4pm. Cheques (to the value of £75 (Friends £65) and made payable to ‘Martineau Gardens’) can be posted to: Beekeeping Course, Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Birmingham, B5 7UG with a covering letter stating your preferred date and your contact details (ring ahead to reserve your place).

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 provided we can fill your place. We do not accept liability for your travel costs if you have paid fares in advance.


0121 440 7430 or [email protected]

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Birmingham Honey Show

The Birmingham Honey Show at Martineau Gardens, Sat 7 and Sun 8 September, 2019     free entry – find out more here