Beginner’s Course

The Beginners Course running from January to March 2020 is now complete, but if you would like to put your name down for the Course which will commence in January 2021 please contact Isabel Large at

In 2020, the South Cheshire Beekeepers beginner’s course was full and was running for 7 sessions at Sandbach library, starting at 7.15pm and finishing at about 10pm with a break for tea and biscuits.

By the time you have completed the theoretical course you should have gained sufficient knowledge to consider having your own bees. At the end of the course, if someone is planning to acquire their own bees later on that year, (small colonies usually become available May/June each year) we arrange a mentor for them who lives fairly close, and who they can call upon for advise if they have any problems during their first year.

In normal times, we also run practical sessions at the Club Apiary once a month during the summer months, where beginners can get some hands on experience, with expert beekeepers leading the sessions, and demonstrating some of the more complicated procedures.

The cost of the course in 2019 was £80 and included membership of the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) and this means that amongst other things students will receive the monthly magazine, which contains loads of very useful information and interesting articles.

If you think that this is the sort of course that you would like to join please email