Introductory Training

beekeeping training at the apiary

Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers (WLBK) offers training at Introductory. Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as providing workshops such as skep-making, swarm collection  and making use of wax.

WLBK Taster Days

Each Summer, WLKB offers one or more "Taster Days". These provide the opportunity to handle bees (if the delegate wishes), and decide whether beekeeping is for you.  Others attend just for general knowledge and personal satisfaction.
Further information on our Beekeeping Taster Days

WLBK Introduction to Beekeeping Course (ITB)

W&L Beekeepers holds weekend courses in April each year, covering the major basic theory elements of managing honey bees.  The course enables attendees to enjoy looking after their own beehives safely and competently and is a first step in beekeeping. The course complements hands-on training which is available at most of the branches that course participants may wish to join.  Being a Member of Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers is not a pre-requisite to joining our Introduction to Beekeeping Course.
Further information on our proposed 2023 Introduction to Beekeeping Course

WLBK  "Hands on" Practical Beekeeping Training (PBT)

For those wanting to complement theory with practice, our branch will then provide its novice members with a more experienced beekeeper as a mentor,  one evening per week practical training at our training apiary near Kenilworth/Warwick Uni and will give guidance on sourcing equipment and a colony of bees.

Further information on our Practical Beekeeping Training
Your learning curve at both theory and practical levels will have been steep in your first year, and rewarded hopefully, by successfully bringing colonies through their first Winter

Towards the Basic 2022

Following your first year of beekeeping you will be eligible to take the BBKA Basic Certificate. This assessment is a practical “conversation over the hive” which assesses your developing knowledge and your experience so far. We offer training to prepare for doing the Basic Assessment at a cost of £25. This training includes three discussion-based sessions and a practical day. The aim of these sessions is to give you the confidence and knowledge to enjoy the basic assessment and for you to meet beekeepers who did it last year, and those who will do it this year. The assessment will be arranged at your convenience later in the beekeeping year and we will make sure you have a “practice practical” before the event. We will focus the sessions particularly on swarming, handing colonies well and basic disease and pest control, as these are the content of the Basic Assessment.

In 2022 the sessions will be at Eathorpe Village Hall (CV339DE) on 22nd March, 29th March and 4th April 2022. To sign up please go to Basic Assessment Training Course - Booking Form (