Beekeeping Beginners Course (Intensive) with Sinah Common Honey

Event Venue

Hayling Island Community Centre
Station Road
Hayling Island
PO11 0HB
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Event Dates
Saturday, 17 February 2018

The beginners course is run over three complete days in order to suit busy lives. The intensive theory course is delivered over a two day period (weekend) followed by a third single day (also a weekend) to learn practical skills.

Duration: 10 x sessions (Covering 12 modules)

Location: Hayling Island Community Centre.

Date: Beginner 2/18: 17th & 18th February 2018 (Modules 1-10)  & 10th June 2018 (Modules 11 & 12)

Availability: Limited to twelve students per course. 

Course Background:

Keeping bees as a hobby is a rewarding, enjoyable, reasonably inexpensive and challenging pastime that will encourage you to be more familiar with your local eco-system whilst enjoying the delicious fruits of your labour! However some basic knowledge and practical skills will prevent your first few months from turning into a nightmare with a ‘sting in the tail’! 

The Sinah Common Honey Basic Beekeeping course is a modular learning programme aimed at the beginner who will have little or no previous knowledge. It is designed to equip the hobbyist beekeeper with the required knowledge & skills to ensure that their adventure is a pleasant one for them, their family, the bees and of course their neighbours! In addition we offer an optional on-going ‘mentoring’ service to students to support them in their first six months as a beekeeper.

Course Composition:

John Geden, the founder of Sinah Common Honey, will teach the course; Currently managing over 100 colonies of bees John has over 26 years of beekeeping experience to share. He is a qualified beekeeper with the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) a member of the Bee Farmers Association with DASH accreditation (Disease Accreditation Scheme for Honeybees) and holds qualified teacher status in adult learning & development. The course, written by John, comprises ten theoretical modules and two practical modules that follow the chapters in the BBKA Beginners Guide to Beekeeping (2nd Ed) as follows:

Module 1: Bees & Beekeeping.

Module 2: The Colony.

Module 3: The Hive:

Module 4: History of Bees.

Module 5: The Beekeeping Year.

Module 6: Queens & Drones.

Module 7: Swarms.

Module 8: Bee & Colony Health.

Module 9: Plants & Hive Products.

Module 10: Getting started.

Module 11: Practical Frame & Flat-pack Beehive Construction.

Module 12: Practical Bee Handling & Colony Inspection.


Additional Information: 

  • The price of the course includes a complimentary copy of ‘The BBKA Beginners Guide To Beekeeping’  (2nd Ed) published by the British Beekeepers Association.
  • All other teaching materials including bespoke handouts are also included.
  • Tea & coffee will be provided during all modules.
  • Lunch included (please advise of special dietary needs).
  • Free car-parking.
  • Frames & flat-packed hives will be supplied for module 11 although students are welcome to bring their own.
  • Protective suits, hive tools & gloves will be provided to students for use during module 8 although students are welcome to bring their own.
  • Course notes and web links will be provided.
  • Special educational needs can be addressed, please advise us if you have any special requirements.
  • A certificate will be presented upon successful completion of the course.
  • At the conclusion of the course, a 6-month mentoring service is available for beekeepers locating their colonies within a 10-mile radius of PO11, further details available on request.
  • Students will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

Course Fees:

  • Course only - £150
  • A deposit of £50 (Non-refundable) is required to secure a place.
  • Full fee payable within 2 weeks of course.

Email to book a place.

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