OBKA Beginners Course

Beginners Beekeeping Course


Our annual beginners course starts in late February/early March with an introductory “What is Beekeeping” meeting at Marlborough school in Woodstock. The aim of this session is to give you an overview of beekeeping  and the Beginners course; you do not have to have signed up for the beginners course to attend this session (but see Please Note, below).


The Beginners Course ‘proper’ starts with a theory session and is then followed by a series of largely practical sessions where you are split into small groups and are shown bees in operation within a hive. Over the period of April/May to August/September, at monthly intervals, on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, you will be taken through the full cycle of bee behaviour, seeing the Queen developing her colony, watching bees foraging for nectar and pollen, looking for any signs of disease or other problems and (hopefully) extracting and bottling honey in late summer. With the assistance of our team of experienced tutors, by the end of your course you will be fully equipped to order your first nucleus of bees the following Spring and your beekeeping will take off !


The cost of the course (2018) is £55. You can apply to join the course using the form below. 



If you want to know a bit more about becoming a beekeeper and what it entails then we recommend reading this article from a well known blogger on beekeeping (and bee researcher) The Apirist; his recent article about becoming a beekeeper is here.



Please Note: Attendance at the  ‘What is Beekeeping’ meeting is encouraged but not compulsory for those wanting to sign up for the Beginners Beekeeping course. People find that attending the ‘What is Beekeeping’ course is a useful way to decide if they want to commit to the full course and hence whether or not to sign up for the Beginners course and also join OBKA;  you cannot do the Beginners Course unless you are also a member of the Association.


To join the Oxfordshire Beekeeping Association (OBKA) click on this link to go to the application form.


Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2020

We are now taking enquiries for the 2020 Beginners Course. If you are interested in attending please complete the form below. It will be passed to our Training Coordinator, Carl Goodman.


Once we get a feel for numbers we will schedule the actual dates for the What Is Beekeeping, Theory session and practical sessions. This is likely to happen later this year.


Please note that we limit the numbers on the course to ensure that everyone at the practical sessions can get to handle the bees. Once the Beginners Course 2020 is fully subscribed we will maintain a waiting list.


Once you have clicked on submit there should be a short delay and then you will be returned to the top of this page. If you scroll down to this form there should be a green box with the words ‘Your Form was successfully submitted’.


Please note: We have now received 49 applications for the Beginners Course 2020 which is the maximum that we can take. However do not despair as there is a long way to go before the actual course starts and people do drop out along the way. All forms received from now on (Fri 06 Sept) will go onto a waiting list.