Training – New Beekeepers

Beginners Course 

If you are considering beekeeping as a hobby or would simply like to understand more about the fascinating world of honeybees then this course is for you.

Run over 8 weeks, this theory course covers all aspects of beekeeping including equipment, life inside the colony, pests and diseases, swarming and products of the hive. Led by experienced beekeepers the sessions are designed to equip you with all the basic knowledge ready to take your first practical steps towards beekeeping.

Our next course will start on Thursday 8th February 2024. 

To be held at:

St Christopher’s Church Hall, 851 Blackpool Road, Preston, PR2 1QS. Sessions start at 7.30pm.

The cost of the course is £120 and includes registered membership of Preston & District Beekeeping Association and also British Beekeeping Association (BBKA).

The course includes 8 theory/learning sessions led by local experts, and unlimited practical support from our apiary team (see information on practical sessions below)

More information about membership can be found on our membership page.

For further details about the course and how to book your place please contact Alan at


Practical sessions

For those who would like to continue their beekeeping journey after completing the theory course are welcome to join practical sessions held weekly, at the club apiary on Saturday mornings throughout the beekeeping season (weather permitting).

Here you will get the chance to inspect hives and develop your practical skills in beekeeping as well as get to know other members.

These sessions are suitable for all; from beginners to more experienced beekeepers who might want advice or practise in handling bees.

The sessions are usually followed by tea, cake, and chat at the local café.

Meet the Bees Taster Events

We are holding two beekeeping taster events at our apiary site in 2023.  These are an ideal opportunity for anyone who would like to know more about our lovely and fascinating honeybees.

They provide a chance to look inside a hive and find out more about the practical side of beekeeping. Bee suit and gloves are provided.

Saturday 8th July and Saturday 12th August 1.30 – 3.30pm *****EVENT NOW FULL 

Cost £20

To book your place please complete the attached booking form and email it to