The branch holds an Introduction to Bee Keeping course in the spring, a two day course which has proven very popular especially for those starting out. The course is held at our teaching apiary in East Malling.

Dependent on numbers we also run a very successful Beginners course each year from late January to March, which will provide you the necessary training to pass the BBKA Basic Beekeeping examination held at the branch apiary shortly after course completion. To complete the exam you do need to have kept bees for a minimum of a year.

Upcoming Courses and Booking Information

Currently, all MKBK courses have been cancelled in line with government Covid restrictions.  We will keep the website updated as it becomes clearer when we can start our courses again. Hopefully we will be able to run an INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING course early next year.  

Whether you are considering becoming a beekeeper or have your first hive already this course will help you get started. Topics include;

  • Required equipment and hives
  • Bee Handling and identification
  • Basic Bee Biology
  • The beekeeping year and what to expect
  • Focus on the practical aspects of being a beekeeper

Time: usually 10am to 4pm

Venue: Mid-Kent Apiary – Bradbourne House, East Malling, ME19 6DZ

Refreshments and a light lunch are included.

The fee includes membership to Mid Kent Bee Keepers.