Learn to keep honey bees
Beekeeping courses at Staithe Farm vary between a Beekeeping Experience of approximately 2 hours duration to a Two-Day Introduction to Practical Beekeeping course designed to enable students to competently keep bees by the end of the course. Both courses are suitable for complete beginners and it is not necessary to complete the Experience course before enrolling on the Two-day course. However, if you are unsure if you wish to keep bees then it is advisable to attend the Experience course first.
The courses are run by Richard who is a British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Master beekeeper holding the Advanced Theory Certificate and the Advanced Husbandry Certificate. He is also a qualified teacher having taught science in a Norwich high school. This combination of beekeeping qualifications, practical teaching experience and limit of four places on each course will ensure you receive the best possible tuition.
Both the Two-Day Introduction to Practical Beekeeping and the Beekeeping Experience courses are for a maximum of four people. If you wish learn on your own or with a friend then bespoke courses are available. Please contact me to discuss your requirements. Telephone support will also be available afterwards. Accommodation for two people may be available for the course in our holiday cottage, or available locally. Please see details of our holiday cottage or contact us.
Richard is also committed to making his courses accessible to everyone, so if you have a disability please contact us and every effort will be made to allow you to access the fascinating world of beekeeping.
A freshly washed bee suit will be provided, but if you are serious about becoming a beekeeper you may wish to purchase your own before attending. You are advised to bring Wellington boots with sufficient room around the calf to allow the suit to be tucked in. You are also advised to bring Marigold or similar gloves. For disease precautions no clothing etc used in another apiary is permitted in the Staithe Farm apiary.