About our courses

Included with all courses


  • The use of protective equipment – bee suits, and gloves.

  • At least 12 hives in our garden apiary for you to practise on.

  • Excellent lunch and ad-lib tea and cakes on each day.  (Special diets catered for.)


and with the weekend courses:

  • Pdf copies of all course materials

  • ‘What to do and when’ notes.

  • Free, email and telephone support from us once you get your bees.


The tutor


The course tutor is Charles Millar.  Having escaped the corporate world he is now a freelance apostle for the joys of beekeeping.  He has been keeping bees with great enthusiasm for 20 years, and has recently retired after 6 years as a government bee inspector. Since 2016 he has also been an on-call firefighter - but is off duty on course days!


Our Unique approach


  • Hands on.

  • Learning by doing.

  • Expert, accessible advice

  • Small Groups - no more than 10 on the weekend course; (no more than 6 on Queen Rearing course); no more than 12 on the Taster Day

  • Fun and friendly.

  • Free follow-up advice always included on the weekend courses.




Children between 10 and 17 are welcome on all our courses or Taster Days, as long as accompanied by an adult.