Education and events

Introduction to beekeeping course

Want to learn how to keep honeybees? Our beginners’ course is informative and fun, taught by experts in an informal and friendly environment. You’ll learn about the honeybee, beekeeping skills, bee health, swarms and honey, and much more.


Ealing Beekeepers Beginners Course 2018

The course will cover honey bee biology, life cycles, swarming and queen rearing, pests and diseases, setting up an apiary, harvesting and more. There will be 3 practical sessions at the apiary dedicated to the beginners, to provide an introduction to the apiary and handling bees, but all members are also welcome (and encouraged) to attend the weekly members sessions at the apiary from spring to autumn, Saturdays at 2pm, where there will be opportunities to observe and take part in hive inspections and build your confidence around bees.

Classroom theory: Tuesday 13, 20 and 27 March, 7:30pm at Bluebell centre, Perivale Wood, accessed from beside 36 Sunley Gardens, UB6 7PE

Break for Easter/half term

 Practical at apiary: Saturday 21st April, 12:30pm association apiary, corner Argyle Road and Stockdove way

Classroom theory: Tuesday 24 April, 1st and 8th May, 7:30pm at Bluebell centre, Perivale Wood

Practical at apiary: Saturday 12 May and 9 June, 12:30pm association apiary, corner Argyle Road and Stockdove way

The course costs £100, plus £35 for association membership, and an optional £10 book. For an enrolment form or more information, please contact



You can also find out about other courses through the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and Bee Craft, or try other London-based associations on our links page.


BBKA basic assessment in beekeeping and examinations

We can arrange for members who have kept a hive for one year to take the BBKA basic assessment in beekeeping. For more experienced members, we advise you on how to take further examinations with the BBKA.

Find out about BBKA examinations and assessments

Workshops and taster events

We sometimes run taster events for those interested in learning more about beekeeping. Workshops are also held for members, such as an evening on honey extraction. Check our calendar of events throughout the year.