Beginners' Course

UPDATE 04/01/22 :  The beginners course for 2022 is now full - the course will run again in 2023


The course is primarily aimed at people considering becoming a beekeeper, but is open to anyone with an interest in Honey Bees.  The people who run the course are all experienced, enthusiastic volunteers who give their time freely.

The course consists of six classroom sessions plus practical sessions at our club apiary, designed to give you an understanding of the theory and practice of beekeeping. The aim of the course is to equip you with sufficient knowledge and confidence to begin keeping bees in the same year. In addition to the course we will provide you with a mentor who can guide you and help you to gain experience in your first year.

The classroom sessions will be held in Seer Green on Saturday mornings. Further course details are available here. For an application form, please contact

The course includes:

  • 6 classroom sessions

  • Practical sessions at our apiary

  • Membership of Chalfonts Beekeepers' Society, Bucks County Beekeepers Association and the British Beekeepers Association

  • Insurance for up to 3 hives 

  • A copy of “The Haynes Bee Manual” the complete step by step guide to keeping bees

  • In addition to monthly meetings, the Club’s facilities are also at your disposal, including a library of beekeeping books, equipment rental, discounts on equipment purchases, and practical support.

For any questions regarding the course please contact