Introduction to Beekeeping Course – 2021

We are pleased to advise that our popular “Introduction to Beekeeping” course will be held in 2021 by adopting a modified format to comply with Covid-19 restrictions. Normally the course offers you the opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of our experienced beekeepers getting first hand experience and knowledge of:-

  • Why keep bees?
  • An introduction to how an individual bee, and a colony of bees, work
  • Choosing equipment and apiary sites
  • The beekeeping year and the critical manipulations
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and help from Shipston Beekeepers
  • Inspecting a colony of bees
  • Assembling and manipulating hive equipment

However due to covid restrictions this year the course will be run over four successive evening sessions using Zoom commencing on Monday 12th April. We will cover the same agenda, structure the sessions with plenty of time for questions & interaction. Each evening session will start at 7:00pm finishing at approx. 9:30pm. As soon as possible thereafter and when restrictions are eased sufficiently to allow the gathering outdoors of small groups of people, delegates will have the opportunity to inspect a colony of bees (bee suits provided) at our training apiary in the presence of an experienced beekeeper enabling them to see at first hand bees going about their daily activities.

If your interest in beekeeping is stimulated by the course you can continue your beekeeping experience through the season by joining Shipston Beekeepers. We aim to offer new members the opportunity to help manage bees in our training apiary, practising under supervision the skills they will need to manage their own stocks of bees.

Any questions concerning the course can be emailed to

The cost of the complete course is £70. If you wish to enrol for the course please ‘click here’ to complete and submit the application form. We will contact you soon thereafter confirming your place on the course and advising payment details. Places will be limited so early application is advised.