Introduction to Beekeeping Course


(See below for specific details of our 2022 course)

Each year in April we run our “Introduction to Beekeeping” course, the aim o f which is to enable those who have an interest in taking up the craft of beekeeping to gain first hand knowledge on what is involved. The course is run over a weekend, the first day usually being held in Brailes Village Hall as a classroom session, whilst on the second day delegates are able  to inspect a colony of bees (bee suits provided) at our training apiary – also in Brailes – under the guidance of an experienced beekeeper enabling them to see at first hand what goes on in a hive and see the bees going about their daily activities.

The topics covered on the course include:

  • 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

If your interest in beekeeping is stimulated by the course you can continue your beekeeping experience through the season by becoming a member of Shipston Beekeepers. At our apiary we hold weekly training evenings when, in the presence of an experienced beekeeper, you are able to monitor the activities of a colony of bees, take what measures are necessary for the wellbeing of the bees, carry out swarm control measures etc. etc. throughout the summer months. In this way you will become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to have your own bees the following year.

Shipston Introduction to Beekeeping course 2022

Our 2022 course took place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April 2022.

Led by a local Master Beekeeper our weekend course will give you an insight and hands on experience of the world of the honey bee and the role of the beekeeper. We will cover:-

Day 1 (classroom, Brailes Village Hall)

How a honey bee colony works
The beekeeping year
The essential equipment
Harvesting your honey and wax
How to get started with your own bees

Day 2 (Training Apiary, Lower Brailes)

Siting an apiary
Assembling hive parts
Apiary Safety
Inspecting a honeybee colony (weather permitting)

Below is a short video of the ITB 2022 Course in action