2018 Courses

November Update - all place on January 2018 beginners course now taken


Following on from the very successful 2017 course, we are in January 2018 holding the Reading & District Beekeepers Association beginners course led by Rob Nickless, a local bee farmer. It will comprise of six classroom led evening sessions during January & February 2018. 

The course is intended for those with very little or no knowledge and experience of beekeeping. The course covers all aspects of beekeeping including the history, biology and lifecycle of the bee. It also includes clothing, hive equipment and a walk through of the activities carried out in a typical beekeeping year. 

Along with the theory, students also have the opportunity in the class to ask local association members lots of questions over the tea or coffee break.

Course location:            Denefield School Community Room,
                                        Long Lane,
                                        RG31 6XY

Time:                               7.15pm to 9.15pm 

Theory Class Dates:     Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th January and
                                        Tuesday 6th & 20th February (note NOT 13th)

Theory Cost:                  £70 per person

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Over and above the theory course, we follow this with two extra practical sessions of beehive and frame woodworking for an additional cost.  This covers how to build an entire flatpack beehive, bring your own purchased hive alternatively no need to have your own as there is normally other hives that need building.

The course is held at the same location as above, but in the woodworking class room

Practical Cost :                £25 per person

Practical Hive Dates          Tuesday 27th February
                                           Wednesday 28th February

Any enquiries regarding either course please contact Giles via gilesmcl3@gmail.com

Locally there have been other courses worth watching for next year :

Wisborough Green Division - West Sussex Beekeepers Association

Berkshire College of Agriculture

Black Horse Apiaries