Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Our 2022 Beginners' Course

Enrolment for our 2022 beginners' course has closed; it is fully subscribed.

Our course follows a flexible approach that combines recorded and live sessions. Those who enrol progress at their own speed, gaining the knowledge and confidence necessary for keeping bees successfully. Many find our flexible format helpful because everyone has other commitments.

Each person receives a pack of printed material to support their learning.

Most importantly, the course includes a hands-on day to meet in person for a spot of revision, some practical work and the essential visit to the bees (always a highlight!).
We continue to support our beginners when they come to setting up their first apiary or taking their first colony.

The BBKA website can help you to find training if you are outside our area.

Topics included

Our beginners' course includes:

  • The bees' nest - common types of hive, hive parts and their function
  • Setting up an apiary - finding a site that's good for bees and safe for those close to it
  • Stings - why bees sting, how to avoid being stung and what to do if it happens
  • The honey bee colony - the structure and needs of the 'super-organism'
  • Swarming - recognising the signs and controlling the situation
  • Keeping healthy bees - recognising healthy brood, dealing with pests and diseases
  • Bees, plants and hive products - providing sustainance for your bees and other pollinators
  • Routine inspections - why, when and how to check your bees
  • The beekeeping year - beekeeping tasks through winter, spring, summer and autumn
  • Simple honey extraction - how to extract small quantities of honey if the bees can spare some
  • Getting started - putting it all into practice
  • A hands-on day that includes the all-important experience of handling bees
Are You Interested?

Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby.

If you are interested in keeping bees, we strongly recommend that you enrol on a beginners' course that covers the essentials and includes practical experience of handling bees before acquiring bees or buying equipment.

If you would like to be notified when we set our dates for 2023 or have any queries, please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com

If you are undecided about becoming a beekeeper but would like to know more about these fascinating insects, please consider our taster day.


Our 'taster day' is ideal for those who want to know more about honey bees but are not ready to commit to taking on a colony. The morning sessions cover theory and the afternoon - weather permitting - a visit to the apiary.

A taster day makes an excellent gift.
If you would like to find out more about the 2022 taster day, please CLICK HERE.