SOLD OUT Introduction to Beekeeping Course – 6wks 6th September — 11th October 2021



When: A six-week evening course, Monday Evenings at Martineau Gardens  6, 13, 20, 27 September, 4 and 11 October

Times: Starts 7.30pm (but arrival from 7pm is welcomed) Ends – 9pm

Aims:– To teach an understanding of small scale beekeeping broken into 6 weekly sessions. This will allow delegates to understand what is involved in keeping bees. Although the course is predominantly classroom based, within the grounds of Martineau Gardens, there will be some practical elements.  Following on from the succeess of our popular one-day ‘tasters’ this course will give you more in-depth information. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the course description.

How to book: SOLD OUT

Advance booking essential.

£70 per person (no concessions). To book, please email [email protected]    to request a place on the course.

If a space is available we will let you know and ask you to advise us once you have made payment by BACS. We will confirm your place once the course fee has reached our account. Please use the reference Bee and your surname. The course cost is £70 in total, per person for all 6 sessions. Please make payment by BACS to:

Martineau Gardens (Co-op bank)
Acc: 50117516
Sort Code: 08 92 50

In person: cash (no cheques)

By telephone: Card sales are possible but we would prefer payment by BACS (as detailed above).

Refund policy: Refunds will apply if the course is cancelled or postponed due to a national or local lockdown.  If anyone who has booked and paid cannot attend, you can transfer your booking to a friend (but you will need let us have details of the new attendee), or Martineau Gardens will try to resell. If we can resell, then a refund will be given, otherwise no refund.

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.

Week 1 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

Beekeeping association membership


Week 2 Honey bee life cycle.

Colony organisation.

Cycle of work in the apiary.






Week 3 Swarming



Artificial swarm

Artificial swarm without finding the queen

Uniting stocks


Week 4 Plants


Moving bees



Week 5 Problems




Week 6 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 – if the weather isn’t suitable in Autumn, this may be offered in the Spring.