An introduction to beekeeping


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(6 customer reviews)

Full Day Course

A short 1-day course for wannabee beekeepers before you start your beekeeping journey.



During the course of the day (9.30am until 4.30pm), you will spend a half day on theory and a half day practical where you get the chance to get hands on with the bees.

Theory will cover:

  • Apiary
  • Beekeeping Equipment
  • Bees
  • Hive
  • Disease and Hygiene

Practical will include:

  • Making a frame
  • Lighting a smoker
  • Inspecting a hive
  • Varroa inspection


Please bring lunch with you, refreshments will be provided.

Bring your bee suit with you or you can hire one for £5, just let us know in advance.

You can bring your own gloves, or these can be provided.

Please wear strong boots or ideally wellies.

And don’t forget to bring your camera!


Before you book, please note:

  • Most of the activity will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately.
  • Courses are weather dependant, in the event of bad weather will notify you that the course will be postponed offering you an alternative date
  • please be aware that this is a rural site with a short walk along a country lane to reach the apairy and the surface is uneven.
  • places are limited to ensure everyone has a great experience.
  • this is a working apiary, there are flying bees.
  • there is also a fishing lake and caution must be exercised.






Additional information

Course Dates

Saturday 30th April 2022 9.30-4.00

6 reviews for An introduction to beekeeping

  1. Roy Crowther

    “I attended an introduction to Beekeeping Course and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of taking up this hobby. The course was fun, informative and I really got a buzz handling the bees. The bee keepers kept the course simple and easy understand.” Roy Crowther, June 2021

  2. Col

    “Thanks for putting on such a brilliant day, I learned loads. It was so well put together and I’m really surprised how much I learned. It was great to put on the suits and actually get out and handle the bees.
    Massive thank you to Ruth and Dave for putting this on.” Colin Willsea June 2021

  3. Debs

    “undertook the “intro to bee keeping” course..during a cloudy but warm day. the bees were sleepy and very calm. Ruth and Dave teach in a very practical way, which gives you the confidence to step out on your own to begin this interesting hobby. They are both very generous with their skill and advice and I am about to go for it…
    thank you so much. anyone thinking about beekeeping can’t do better than to seek out this course” Debs, June 2021

  4. Mike Cooke (verified owner)

    I completed my “Introduction to Beekeeping Course” run by Ruth and Dave at Ramsbottom Honey yesterday and definitely recommend it to anybody thinking of taking up beekeeping or even if you just have an interest in bees.

    St.Ubbins Apiary is in an ideal location and makes the experience all the better.

    Despite it pouring down during the morning the course went ahead 👌 with really informative and practical theory at the beginning followed by frame making. Ruth and Dave really know their stuff.👍

    After lunch the rain held off so we learned how to light a smoker and then kitted up before getting to inspect the hives. There is so much to learn but getting hands on definitely gave me confidence to order my first colony.

    There will be other courses to complement this course in the future but Ruth and Dave offer extra support to help you on the beekeeping journey through a WhatsApp Group. I can’t wait to get my first hive up and running.

    If you’re in any doubt – give it a try – you won’t regret it. 👍 🐝

    Thanks and see you soon 🤞


  5. Jayne mardy (verified owner)

    We attended the course and it was absolutely a great day we learnt lots and it was also done in a fun way we had a laugh and giggle whilst we learnt its a brilliant course and even good for people who have sensory issues as the needs of the person are met

  6. Susan Parry (verified owner)

    An amazing day full of facts and fun.
    Ruth and Dave’s enthusiasm and love of bees is definitely infectious
    Set in beautiful tranquil surroundings the full day course is an experience worth every penny and I would not hesitate to highly recommend it

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