Beekeeping Interest and New Beekeepers

Our Education and Training is aimed to suit those keen to start Beekeeping as soon as possible, those who would like to observe or help a Beekeeper but wish to start Beekeeping later, and those who are just have a general interest in Beekeeping.

During the early awareness and training sessions we often find attendees change their minds to wanting to take up Beekeeping, to not wanting to take up Beekeeping, or to taking a slower or faster approach than planned.

That’s fine with us as this early Education and Training covers all requirements, and all past attendees have thoroughly enjoyed the course regardless of their initial or final plans.

What is important is that you feel happy and sufficiently confident if your decision to start Beekeeping.

2016 Bee Awareness Sessions

The sessions are run in October and November each year for those just interested in bees and the work of the Beekeeper, and those contemplating taking up Beekeeping and would like to know more before committing.

If you are interested, please email and you will be informed (usually in late summer) when the sessions across Hertfordshire have been planned.

Talk to your local Beekeeping Branch

You may wish to talk to your local Beekeeping Branch and perhaps get involved with the Branch out of interest or to help you plan what level of involvement you’d like to progress.

2016 Beekeeping Beginners Courses

Each year, the Beekeeping Beginners Courses are intentionally run starting around March in readiness for those wishing to start beekeeping straight away sufficient time to gain a good basic understanding; obtain equipment, clothing, etc.; and make all the necessary preparations for introducing a colony of bees at the ideal time of April to June.

They’re also for those wishing to take a slower approach to help another beekeeper or just observe for a year or so, and for those simply wishing to gain a better understanding of the Honeybee and the role of the Beekeeper.

Obviously it is preferable for you to attend a course close to where you live so that you meet with new and existing Beekeepers in your local Beekeeping Branch.

However, the courses are run at different times so that you’re able to attend a course out of your area if the timing of your local course is not possible, but still join your local Beekeeping Branch if and when you take up Beekeeping

We are running courses in 2016 in Hoddesdon, Letchworth, Much Hadham and Welwyn Garden City:


Main Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Hoddesdon

Dates: Sundays 28th February; 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th March; and 3rd April

From: 2 pm to 4 pm



Main Venue: Mrs Howard Hall, Letchworth

Dates: Sunday March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and April 3rd; + Apiary Visit

From: 2 pm to 5 pm


Much Hadham

Main Venue: Hopleys Garden Centre, Much Hadham

Dates: Mondays 11th, 18th, 25th, April; and 16th and 23rd May; + Apiary Visit

From: 8.00 pm


Welwyn Garden City

Main Venue: Christchurch Halls, Welwyn Garden City

Dates: Tuesday evenings: March 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd; + Apiary Visit, Saturday morning or afternoon March 19th

From: 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm