Beekeeping Taster Courses April 3, 2019

Sun 27 Sept (FULL)        Sat 10 Oct (FULL)          Sat 17 Oct

Introductory one-day courses on the art of beekeeping.  


About the course

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 Beekeeper, Sam Walker (pictured right here).



The one-day course run from 10am – 4pm (approximate finish, it may overrun a little), with a half-hour break for lunch, and cost £60.  Advance booking is essential. You will need to bring a packed lunch (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).

To book your place

£60 per place – advance booking and payment is essential.

To book your place, please email [email protected] (adding  Beekeeping to subject line) and we will confirm availability and request your payment by BACS – your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment. We apologise but during the Covid-19 pandemic our telephone is not monitored regularly.

Refunds: In the event of cancellation by Martineau Gardens you will have the option to switch to a course in 2021 and will be given priority when dates are announced, or you may have a full refund.     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.

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.

With the exception of the above Beekeeping Courses, Martineau Gardens remains remporarily closed to visitors, in line with government advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19). You can read our latest statement here: Our statement on Covid-19 


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Photocredit: Sam Walker by L Smith