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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 improvers lectures (provisional timetable here) before our main meetings. In the summer months there are practical demonstrations at our apiary meetings.

  2018 Beginners Course

The beginners course (which is British Beekeeping 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 will normally join the association and are allocated a mentor to guide them through their first year's beekeeping. The course will start 10th March 10.00am-12.00am at Middlesbrough Bowling Club, Cornfield Road, TS5 5QL. and run untill mid May 12th with a final session on September 8th. The full timetable is here.The total cost is 60.00 and students do not have to be members of the association.


2018  Taster Course
The taster course (which is British Beekeeping 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 beginners course above). It is a one day course on the 1st September . The timetable is here. The total cost is 20.00 and students do not have to be members of the association.

These courses usually fill very quickly. If you are interested in attending similar courses next year please contact us here or using the webform  on the home page and we will contact you when new courses are finalised. A place will only be guaranteed when the course fee is paid.

The photos below are from recent courses.