Learn Beekeeping
Beekeeping is a fantastic hobby to learn. We run a variety of courses for absolute beginners to gain the confidence and knowledge to look after their first colonies.
Shropshire Beekeepers Association
Nobold Lane
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Upcoming events:
Wed 21 Feb
Apiary Open
Sat 24 Feb
Apiary Open
Tue 27 Feb
Committee meeting
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Beekeeping is a rewarding and fascinating activity.

Shropshire Beekeepers Association runs various courses throughout the year to learn the theory and practical skills required to successfully manage your own colonies.

Beekeeping involves a significant investment in time and money, especially when starting out. For that reason, it is recommended that you start by doing the Taster Day to gauge whether beekeeping is for you. If it is, the next stage is to embark upon a Beginners Course.

Taster day

Saturday 14th September 2024, 10:00-16:00

Beekeeping is a wonderful hobby where there is always more to learn. Even beekeepers with decades of experience have more to find out about this fascinating insect.

The annual Shropshire Bees Taster Day is a great way of finding out if beekeeping is for you. Over the course of the day, you’ll get an overview of the theory of beekeeping and also the chance to handle the bees under the supervision of our experienced members.

This full day event costs £75 per person and is held at our apiary in Shrewsbury.

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Beginners course

Saturday course: Saturday 1st June 2024, 10:30-16:30 for 3 weeks

Evening course: Wednesday 17 July 2024, 18:30-20:30 for 6 weeks

The two courses offer the same content, but held at different times to make them as accessible as possible for attendees. You can do it as a 3 full day sessions or 6 two hour sessions.

As the Saturday sessions are held earlier in the season, there will be enough time for you to get your first colony of bees this year. With the Wednesday sessions being slightly later, it is recommended that you get your own bees the following spring.

These courses are £125 per person and are held at our apiary in Shrewsbury.

Saturdays Evenings


Once you have completed a course, we offer a mentoring programme for course graduates. These are designed as a place to get encouragement and expertise from experienced beekeepers.

As part of your Shropshire Bees membership, you are entitled and encouraged to join one of our Bee Teams to help manage the bees in our apiary. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with different bees and different beekeepers.

Members Training

Important. These events are only available to current SBKA members.

BBKA Basic Assessment

The BBKA Basic Assessment is for all beekeepers who have kept at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.

This course is designed to formalise the knowledge that you have gained whilst managing your first colony. It is a prerequisite for more demanding assessments and certifications.

There is no charge for the training, but the assessment fee is £30.


This is a 4 week course. All sessions will be held at the same location (the SBKA apiary in Nobold Lane, Shrewsbury) from 15th May - 19th June, 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Please arrive promptly for the start. The assessment will be held in August.


Tutored Study Group for BBKA Module 3 Honey Bee Health

We are offering support for those wishing to take the Module 3 in November 2023. The course will be a mix of presentations, group exercises, and discussion covering the syllabus and relating to exam questions. There will be six sessions based broadly as follows:

  • Wednesday 13/09/23 Brood diseases
  • Wednesday 27/09/23 Notifiable pests
  • Wednesday 11/10/23 Varroa destructor
  • Wednesday 25/10/23 Parasites and diseases of adult bees
  • Wednesday 08/11/23 Pesticide or virus?
  • Wednesday 15/11/23 The importing of honey bees

The course will run from 18:30 to 20:00 hrs. The sessions will be led by Lyn Deane and John Adams.

A fee of £50 will enable us to provide access to past exam papers and key texts in the recommended book list for the examination.


This is a 6 week course. All sessions will be held at the same location (the SBKA apiary in Nobold Lane, Shrewsbury) from 13th September - 15th November, 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Please arrive promptly for the start. The assessment will be held in November.


Refund Policy

Cancellations made 30 days or more before the event will be eligible for a full refund.

Cancellations made less than 30 days before the event will be eligible for a full refund on condition that we are able to resell the place.