2024 Beginning Beekeeping Course

Bookings Now Open

May – June 2024
6 Week Course

Our Beginning Beekeeping Course covers practical skills and provides you with a basic knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping, allowing you to handle bees safely.

The course starts with an induction session, and then runs for 6 consecutive Saturday mornings during May and June 2024.

Over the weeks, you will be able to handle a colony of honeybees under the supervision of our experienced Beekeepers, working in small groups.

The course includes:

  • How to keep yourself safe
  • Hive parts and beekeeping equipment
  • The different types of hives
  • Recognising Brood, nectar, pollen and honey
  • Basic bee biology
  • Understanding why bees swarm
  • Recognising and marking Queens
  • Apiary Hygiene
  • Bee Diseases
  • How to keep strong and healthy bees

Dates & Locations

The 2024 Course Dates are as follows:

Saturday 11 May 2024 – Induction Session (Time/Venue tbc)

followed by 6 consecutive Saturdays:

Saturday 25th May 2024 – Saturday 29th June 2024

We are hosting two identical courses, one at our NT Shugborough Apiary and one at our sister at the Forest of Mercia site at Hilton Green.

Before booking, please select your preferred location, either Shugborough or Hilton Green.  Places are limited to 15 attendees at each venue, and will be on a first come first served basis. 

National Trust – Shugborough Estate


Great Haywood,


ST17 0UP

Places Remaining – 10

Forest of Mercia – Hilton Green

Hilton Green,

Hilton Lane,


WV11 2BD

Places Remaining – 14