Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th March 2018 (9:00 am to 4:00pm each day)

£80 per person, £40 Concessions

Please bring food to share for lunch on each day


The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of honeybees or beekeeping. You should leave with enough knowledge and confidence to set up a top-bar hive, populate it with bees and care for them throughout their first season with you. It is a simple, practical way to have healthy and happy bees in your garden, with the possibility of your own honey harvest, but without the cost and complications associated with conventional beekeeping.


Over the weekend we will discuss:

  • Principles of Natural Beekeeping
  • Introducing bees
  • Life cycle of the colony
  • Hints and tips to help you build your top-bar hive
  • Baiting a hive
  • Basic swarm catching
  • Feeding
  • Observation
  • Pests, diseases and the role of the Bee Inspector

And if you have any questions, bring them along! 

To book, phone 0161 227 8198 or email


Beginners course at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Mancester

If you have questions about any of the events below, please use the Contact Us page to ask.


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Improver's Course at Brinscall Hall

Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th April 2018

Approx 9.00am to 4.30pm each day

Full weekend including dormitory accommodation and food - £100

Weekend including two lunches - £80


A chance to learn and discuss more advanced techniques that can be applied to top-bar hives. Topics to include:

  • Swarms and swarm control
  • Bait hives and swarm capture
  • Varroa - symptoms, counting and treatment options
  • Increasing the number of your colonies
  • Queen rearing

And don't forget to bring along all of your questions!


To book -

More details of Brinscall Hall at (for accommodation etc)



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