Local Beekeeping Course




Robin Harman and Eric Beaumont have over twenty years of beekeeping experience between them and work as trainers for the Epping Forest Beekeepers’ Association, as well as running Bee Experiences and Courses for charitable and commercial events.

Both beekeepers are members of the Bee Farmers’ Association and between them run nearly two hundred colonies of bees in North London and West Essex; they are also contracted as beekeepers for another local bee farmer. They provide bees and honey to farm shops, restaurants, farmers’ markets and other retail outlets in North London and West Essex.




The first part of the course will be a theory evening held at Chingford Horticultural Hall, Larkshall Road, Chingford, E4 6PE. The date will be confirmed when the evening availability of trainees is known.

Beekeeping theory session:

  • What to expect from keeping honey bees
  • The life cycle of the honey bee and the annual work of the beekeeper
  • How, what and where to buy* bees and equipment and establish your apiary
  • The management of swarming, disease and feeding
  • How to extract and bottle honey

The small print: joining a beekeeping association, insurance and more

* Please wait until after this session before buying equipment or bees.

You will be given a copy of the Haynes Bee Manual which will serve well in your early beekeeping years. We ask that you read and familiarise yourself with the book before the practical sessions.



The second part of the course will take place on consecutive Sundays at Dagenham Farm, Central Park Nursery, Dagenham RF10 7FJ.

Choose either 9th May and 16th May or 30 May and 6 June between 9am and 5pm. Please arrive by 8.30am to start intensive practical beekeeping on time.

Free parking is available on Rainham Road North. Please bring a light packed lunch. Tea and refreshments will be available during the day.

More farm information is at https://growingcommunities.org/dagenham-farm

You will be given protective equipment and shown how to put into practice the theory of beekeeping learned so far; you will learn to light a smoker, use tools, manipulate a hive of bees and identify the elements of the colony.

We will demonstrate the management of pests and disease, swarming and overwintering, and discuss the weekly and seasonal work necessary for you to keep bees successfully and competently.

A WhatsApp group will be set up to offer practical group support as you progress through the beekeeping year.



To book a place on the course please email robin@eppingforesthoney.com

The course costs £195 and includes the Haynes Bee Manual. If you already have the manual the fee will be £180.

To pay please transfer fees to Monzo Account 14655988, Sort code 04-00-04 and use the name of the beginner beekeeper as reference. Your booking and payment will be confirmed by email.

Should bad weather result in cancellation or postponement of the course you will have the option to re-schedule or receive a full refund.

Further information please contact either Robin on 07971 237312 or Eric on 07941 776798.


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