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Beekeeping Courses

Coronavirus - This is provisional information assuming coronavirus restrictions are relaxed

Course Tutor: Margaret Cowley

Margaret has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. She has a Master of Science in entomology, is a qualified teacher and holds the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) Advanced Theory Certificate in Apiculture and the General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry. Margaret is also a Qualified Beekeeper, a BBKA examiner and for 13 years was Deputy Editor of Bee Craft journal.

Spring 2021 Saturday Mornings

A 15-hour course running over five Saturday mornings. Dates for 2021 are:
Sorry - this course is now fully booked
  1. 12th June
  2. 19th June
  3. 26th June
  4. 3rd July
  5. 10th July

Autumn 2021 Saturday Mornings

A 15 hour course running over five Saturday mornings. Dates for 2021 are:

We are sorry but we won't be running an Autumn course this year.

Course Details

Each course runs from 9:15am to 12:15 pm and the course fee is £120. The maximum group size is 8.
The group size could well be severely restricted by corona virus precautions. In 2020 it was limited to 4 people wearing masks to allow appropriate social distancing.
Please email if you are interested in attending a course. We may once again run an outdoors, socially distanced, practical course with fewer participants.
Venue: Three Roofs Apiary, Quarndon, Derbyshire.
The course includes both theory and practical work and follows the syllabus for the BBKA Basic Assessment in Apiculture. It will suit people who are thinking of taking up beekeeping or have already started. A set of course notes is provided and students will receive follow-up practical and email support. Protective suits and veils will be provided.

For more information and a booking form,


"Meet the bees" taster sessions.

Cost £30 for an hour's one-to-one tuition in an apiary (£40 for two people)

Have a look inside a working bee hive then taste the honey that the bees have produced. Bee suit and veil provided.



Putting a swarm into a box

collecting a swarm from an apple tree

Hiving a swarm

running a swarm into a hive

Oxalic acid treatment

using a trickle bottle to treat bees for varroa

Solitary bee house

bee house with solitary bees