A one day introduction to good beekeeping practice



The course offers hands on access to hives and bees and is intended for novice beekeepers or non-beekeepers who are considering taking up the hobby.
It is particularly relevant to new beekeepers who may have taken a theory course during Covid but have been unable to gain much practical training during the pandemic.

There will be three visits to the apiary during the day interspersed with a little theory to give the background of what we are looking at.

Jonathan recently retired as a Season Bee Inspector with the National Bee Unit and has 20 years experience beekeeping.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Loan of a beesuit - if you don't have your own.
Tea/Coffee mid morning and afternoon.
Light lunch.


Jonathan Baynes at The Barnyard Apiaries

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The Barnyard
Silver Street, Litlington

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Paul - - #39772

Just back from the 2 of us enjoying this fascinating course. All questions answered at a pace to suit us, plus loads of interesting stuff we never knew about bees, and visits to the beautiful gardens to handle the hives, remove and examine the combs, and discover how perfectly safe one feels in a bee suit ! And the National Trust could learn something about serving lunches and tea from Chris ! An excellent day's value for money. Thank you both - highly recommended.

Response from The Barnyard Apiaries:

We are delighted that you enjoyed the day.

Michael Tong - - #39697

This course was a birthday present for my wife, Helen, when she returned after the course she told me that Jonathan was an excellent host and the day was very well organised and the gave a great insight into beekeeping. She had a great day. Thank you Jonathan.

Response from The Barnyard Apiaries:

I'm delighted Helen enjoyed her birthday present.

Sue Shepherd - - #39653

We spent a brilliant day on this bee keeping course. Incredibly informative with lots of hands on experience pitched at just the right level. Took you through the lifecycle of bees and how to manage them and your hive from start to finish. All equipment and a delicious lunch provided. Would thoroughly recommend for anyone considering taking up keeping bees.

Response from The Barnyard Apiaries:

Thank you for your review. We are very pleased you found the course useful.
Good luck with your own beekeeping.

Caitlin - - #39606

Really enjoyed the day and meeting local beekeepers. I found the instruction and ability to ask questions at any time really helpful as well as just seeing what a proper set-up looks like. The mix of hands-on & theory was well balanced. I took photos of slides / posters I found useful - in particular, the lifecycle of the different bees and what kind of workload to expect when (with no guarantees of course!). Lovely lunch & beautiful garden surrounds. Thanks

Response from The Barnyard Apiaries:

Hi Caitlin,
I'm very pleased to read that you enjoyed the course and found it useful.
Good luck with your own bees.

Gerry Parker - - #38802

We had a very interesting and informative day learning about bees. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and has an easy teaching style. There is lots of interaction with the hives and follow up information.
A lovely lunch was provided and the location and hospitality was perfect! Thank you.

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