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Bee Keeping Courses in The Cotswolds

Learn how to keep honey bees on our Bee Keeping Courses

Our courses are based at our working apiary on the Cotswold estate of Notgrove near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. These one day bee keeping courses are for anyone interested in keeping honeybees.

A course will take you from a complete beginner to someone with the knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence. 


Guided by professional beekeepers, you’ll learn all the essentials. You’ll handle bees and use a beekeeper's smoker and hive tool. We'll discuss different ways to keep bees and show you various hive types and set-ups. 

By the end of the day, you’ll have all the information you need to get going. And because every beekeeper has questions, once you've been on our course, you can contact Harry anytime. He's happy to help.

Bee Keeping Courses - Harry's Honey Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Bee Keeping Courses - Students gathered round a beehive with Harry  - Harry's Honey, Chelte
"This is a great course run by great people. I would 100% recommend this course to everyone who is thinking about having bees"

Harry's Bee Keeping Courses

The perfect start to your beekeeping journey

Bee Keeping Courses - A worker honeybee
Bee Keeping Courses - Harry looking at a frame of bees - Harrys Honey, Cheltenham

What to expect:

- A fun, informative day from 10:00 to 5:15
- Only 5 people around each hive - so you see everything
- Bee suit and gloves provided
Lunch is included

This course covers:


Bees and beekeeping

- The what and the why of beekeeping

- The bee's lifecycle

- The beekeeping year


How to get started

- Choosing a hive

- Where to site your hive 

- Other equipment to buy 

- Obtaining bees


Caring for your bees

- Honeybee health

- Hive and apiary hygiene


Handling bees

- How to handle honeybees gently and safely

- Skills and techniques of using a smoker and hive tool


Producing honey

- Methods for extracting honey

- Labelling and bottling

- Other hive products


Notes and resources

- Comprehensive notes to take away

- A list of recommended books, websites and suppliers

- A free bee health book 

Great days on our bee keeping courses

Handling bees and much more!

Bee Keeping Courses - 2024 Dates

Notgrove Estate - GL54 3BS - near Cheltenham

20 April 2024


18 May 2024

10:00 - 5:15

1 June 2024

10:00 - 5:15

23 June 2024

10:00 - 5:15

20 July 2024

10:00 - 5:15

We are Harry and Lorraine

We are beekeepers 

We've kept bees for years but we remember what it was like starting out. Our bee keeping courses are designed to bring all the key points together.


Just like beekeeping, we want them to be fun as well. We think bees are amazing. At the end of a course, we think you will too!

Bee Keeping Courses - Harry and Lorraine smiling - Harry's Honey, Cheltenham Gloucestershire

Join us today and take your first step into the world of bees and beekeeping! 

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