Beginning Your Beekeeping - Two Day Beginners Course

Your chance to look at the bees


An intensive course to get you started, explaining all about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey.

An informal couple of days spent with others looking to keep bees. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available, along with a useful pack of course notes to take away.

Where the bees and weather allow, this course will include an inspection of a hive.

The course tutors are Mike Cullen and Jill Sales. Mike is a Master Beekeeper and has been Beekeeping since 1972. Jill is a professional lecturer and keeps up to six colonies of bees, she has been both beekeeping and training for many years. For more info on our lecturers please visit our website.

Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside! It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex colony there is endless knowledge to gain.

Bees are under threat and need our help to survive, by understanding the behaviour and instincts of the honey bee along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Course Programme:

1. The Honey Bee
The bee colony, biology, and life cycle

2. Equipment and Costs
Hive equipment, frames, wax, tools, personal protection

3. The Apiary
Apiary layout, siting the hives, responsibilities, and safety

4. Managing Honey Bee Colonies
Inspections, swarm control, uniting and moving colonies

5. Bee Health and Diseases
Bee diseases, pests & other problems, how to recognize & treat them

6. The Importance of Plants
Requirements of honeybees and other pollinators

7. Honey Harvest and Winter Preparation
Honey extraction & handling, equipment & costs, and preparing for winter

8. Information, Help, and Support
Resources, books, magazines, local organisations, obtaining bees

What to bring:

Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have, along with wellies, and gloves. A bee suit will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided, including tea, coffee, water, and a 'honey-themed' cake. Please bring a packed lunch. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.


Kerry Weller at Mantel Farm


Mantel Farm
Henley Down
Catsfield, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9BN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Silver Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Peter - - #16521

Very good course for people who are beginners or thinking about beekeeping. A knowledgeable and patient instructor, good team at Mantel Farm, excellent food and the inspection of the bees and the hives was very good in helping you decide if this was for you or not. I highly commend the course.

In-person course
Jane Scuffell - - #16512

I was a complete beginner when I attended this course, but I learnt so much from the master beekeeper, who provided an excellent study pack to refer to. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend this course to anybody who either keeps or is thinking of keeping those fascinating insects.

In-person course
Andrew - - #16497

After considering beekeeping for a few years I decided to take the leap and attend a beginners course. The information gained helped me greatly from general knowledge to understanding costs and time needed. Such a commitment needs someone like Mantel Farm to guide you through the process. The course itself was well run by an expert beekeeper, with useful notes, and we got to inspect a real live hive. Food provided was great, overall a wonderful experience.

In-person course
Joanne fellows - - #11541

Great course a must for beginners. We were well looked after by manual farm and no question too small for the trainers. Brilliant course a must

In-person course
Richard Holmes - - #11518

Really good course. I started with little to no idea, and left feeling confident.

In-person course
Pamela Mansergh - - #11496

I knew nothing about bees when I attended the Beekeeping Course for Beginners at Mantel Farm early last year after I had been given two hives with colonies! I gained a huge amount of knowledge from these two days and importantly the course was backed up with instructive illustrated notes to which I refer frequently. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of taking up this interesting and satisfying (sometimes!) hobby.

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