Corvid 19 - We are Currently Re-evaluating our courses so that we may run them with full Covid 19 Precautions in place. We do plan to run the Courses in 2021. Please watch this page for further updates.

The Association runs training throughout the year. 

In the spring we run our main beginners course which usually consists of eight weekly theory sessions followed by a practical session. New beekeepers will then be allocated a mentor to help them in their first beekeeping year. There is then a final theory and practical session in the autumn.

In late summer we run a one day taster course which will give people thinking of taking up beekeeping experience of handling bees and information on the costs and time considerations involved. It is not designed to equip students to become beekeepers.

Throughout the winter months there is a rolling two year programme of short updates on beekeeping  (provisional timetable here) before our main meetings. In the summer months there are practical demonstrations at our apiary meetings.

2021 Beekeeping Taster Day
Next course in 2021 - watch this space for dates
The Beekeeping Taster Day (which is British Beekeepers Association approved) is designed for those people who are considering taking up beekeeping but want more information. It gives a chance to handle bees and information on the costs, both financial and in time, and benefits, of beekeeping . It is NOT designed to train students to become beekeepers (see Introduction to Beekeeping Course). This one day course runs mid August at Middlesbrough Bowling Club, Cornfield Road, TS5 5QL. The timetable is here Students do not have to be members of the association. The total cost is 20.00

2021 Introduction to Beekeeping
Next course in 2021 - We are currently contacting people on our waiting list regarding this years course. If we have any spare places we will post them here.
The Introduction to Beekeeping Course (which is British Beekeepers Association approved) is aimed at people with little or no experience of beekeeping who wish to take it up. It will give them the basic theoretical knowedge and some practical training. Those students who go on to get bees and join the association are  normally allocated a mentor to guide them through their first year's beekeeping. The course normally runs from early March through until mid May with a final session in September. Students do not have to be members of the association. The total cost is 70.00.


These courses usually fill very quickly. If you are interested in attending courses and need more information you can contact us at

Here is a general tour round a hive and some photos below from recent courses.