Club Education and Training

The club offers a wide range of training opportunities including:-

During normal times, winter training sessions and talks for novice beekeepers (Newbees) and the more experienced beekeepers (Forever Bees) run fortnightly on a Thursday evening from October to April at the RIC, Harnhill, cirencester. However, due to Covid restrictions we are now setting up some training sessions via Zoom. The current training programme will be available shortly.

Between April and September club meetings take place weekly on a Thursday evening at club the apiary at Harnill Rural Innovation Centre where less experienced beekeepers can be mentored and seek advice from more experienced members. We hope to be able to resume some hands on training for members in April 2021 – watch this space!

New beekeepers can sign up for HOT bees (Hands On Training ) at the start of each season. For a fee (to be confirmed for spring 2021) members will be given a nucleus of bees which they keep in their own hive at the club apiary. Over two seasons they will be given mentoring and support to care for the enabling them to take the BBKA’s Basic qualification.

PLEASE NOTE – our ability to offer HOT bees next spring will depend on Covid restrictions. Please email for the up-to-date situation.

The club also supports members to study for other BBKA exams including Bee Health, Module exams and General Husbandry.