Beginner's Course for


Weekend May 7th/8th.


Venue. Kingswood, Dearne Valley, Denaby Main,

Doncaster DN12 4EA


Association Apiary at Thrybergh Country Park. S65 4NU.

Saturday 10am - 4pm. Sunday 10.30am - 4pm.

Tea and Coffee provided.

Use contact page to get in touch if you are interested in attending.

RBKA training aiary

RBKA beginner's beekeeping course

RBKA runs a fantastic beginner's course each year in spring. This course runs over two days and covers a range of topics to help new beekeepers gain knowledge and confidence in managing their own colonies.

Theory sessions cover topics such as:

  • Honey bee introduction, castes, life cycle, anatomy and physiology

  • Types of beehive and beekeeping tools

  • Swarms and swarm control methods

  • Pests and diseases

  • The beekeeping year

Practical sessions are held at the RBKA training apiary where you will handle honeybees under the supervision of a experienced beekeepers. These sessions will cover:

  • Hive parts and how to use beekeeping tools

  • How to inspect a hive

  • Finding and marking the queen

  • Identifying healthy brood in all stages

  • Handling and making frames

  • Identifying different castes of bee

Bee suits and all equipment will be provided on the day.

The RBKA training apiary

Queen bee marking

Beekeeping beginner marking a queen bee at RBKA training apiary