The first place to try and find beekeeping courses is your local beekeeping association. They are cheap and informative! If your local association doesnt do courses for beginners, try another association close by or your local college.


Isle of Colonsay – 2011
Andrew Abrahams, the famous beekeeper on Colonsay is conducting beginner and intermediate classes. A great ferry ride and an interesting day out. Andrew says: “All courses are limited to eight participants, allowing everyone to get good access to the bees and to raise their individual questions and concerns. Teaching is based very much on the premise that, we forget much of what we read or hear; we remember some of what we see; and we forget little of what we do.”

The course are held over weekends; beginners course on May 28/29 and June 11/12; intermediates course on May 7/8.

Please see for more details or phone 01951 200365


Scottish Agricultural College – 2011
Are offering a Beginners Beekeeping Day held on campus in Ayr. The course is led by Graeme Sharpe and will contain theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping. It will follow some of the syllabus of the SBA’s basic beemaster certificate which could help participants with their study.

The cost is £25 per person available on the following dates:

Wednesday May 11th – Thursday May 12th
Wednesday May 18th – Thursday May 18th
Wednesday June 1st – Thursday June 1st

Graeme Sharpe is also runnning an intermediate course for beekeepers who have had a hive for a year or more. The cost is £25 per person and available on the following dates:

Wednesday June 15th – Thursday June 16th
Thursday June 30th – Wednesday July 6th
Thursday July 7th – Thursday July 14th


Here is a list of all the beginner courses in the UK:

And here is a list of internediate to expert courses in the UK:

Farming World offer a beekeeping course in kent the details of which can eb found here:

Also check out the British Beekeepers Association Calendar of courses here:

A list of bee keeping courses is also available at hot courses here: