Beekeeping courses

Honey bees flying around beehive

Beginners' Course

Do you fancy the idea of keeping bees and would you like to learn about beekeeping? Each year we run a Beginners' Beekeeping Course for people interested in taking up this wonderful hobby.

The course is aimed at complete beginners - young and old - without bees and no, or very little, experience but with the desire to learn about bees and beekeeping.

The course will be run by David Packham, a Seasonal Bee Inspector, and his courses always have excellent feedback from participants.

The Course syllabus includes:

  • The natural history of the honey bee.
  • Clothing and equipment.
  • Products of the hive.
  • Getting started with bees.
  • The annual cycle of work in the apiary including swarm control.
  • Disease, poisoning and pests.

The course will include six evening sessions covering some of the theory followed by two practical sessions looking inside beehives at the Exeter Beekeepers’ Apiary.


The number of places is restricted to 20 so registration is on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Attendance on the course provides the added benefit of a one year membership of the Exeter, Devon and British Beekeepers' Associations.


Improvers' Course

Have you been keeping bees for one, two, three or four years?  Then you might be interested in our improvers' course.