All Theory courses, Beginning with bees are £105 
and includes the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (rrp £18.99)

We have no more courses in 2021, however, we will be running two courses in 2022.
(more information below)

please email if you would like to receive information on our 2022 courses when this becomes available.


(more information below)
places available on all workshops
all courses are £50 per person
All are Sundays from 11am – 2pm

July 2021
Taster Day 
11am – 3pm

August 2021
Taster Day
11am – 3pm

So you’d like to keep bees.  Where to start.  Our Taster Workshops (DATES BELOW) give would be beekeepers the opportunity to have some hands on experience with real live bees as well as learn some basics without obligation.

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If you’re still interested and think you’d like to go further, take a basic bee keeping theory course where you will learn the basics of looking after bees, some of the pitfalls and the joys of your first honey harvest.

We encourage all our beekeepers to read widely and for our beginners we recommend the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping as a good starting point. We supply this book as part of our Beeginner Beekeeping Course.

We also offer other workshops such as hive building and nosema testing, as well as demonstrations on topics such as ‘shook swarm’ technique and the use of different types of hive. If you become a member of Maldon Beekeepers you will also be eligible for many of the Essex Beekeeping Association courses as well.

Beekeeping Taster Workshops

DATES:  tbc July (places); tbc August (places)
Time: 11am-2pm
: Ulting, CM9 6QX
To book: 2022 MASTER Application Form – taster workshop WORD – return via email to the secretary at
Cost:   £50

Equipment: sturdy infilled shoes or boots, gloves
Includes refreshments

Our Taster sessions are an introduction to this wonderful and fascinating world of bees and beekeeping. You will gain an insight into why bees are important, what they do and how they do it. You will have the opportunity to make your own frame (the main activity beekeepers have to do throughout the season) as well as handle some bees. This will be the time when you will discover if this hobby is for you or you wish to support from a far, at arms length.

This session is not, however, designed to give you the theory and knowledge base for keeping bees. For more information on our Bee-ginner Beekeeping Courses please see below OR download an application form – ideally we prefer if you have already attended a Taster Workshop, either with us or another provider.

THEORY courses 

The Beginner Theory course will give you the skills base and knowledge to take on keeping bees as a novice confidently. You will be allocated a mentor who is there to help you every step of the way. Book your course now!

Basic Beginner Theory Course – Theory -2023 

PLACES AVAILABLE – book to avoid disappointment. 

Dates:  dates to be confirmed.
Time: Saturday/Sunday 11am-3pm and Monday evening (classroom)

All held at
Venue: Apiary x 4 sessions
Venue:  The OAKhouseclassroom x 2 sessions
: 01245 381577
Training Co-ordinator: The MAD About Bees Team
To book: complete the booking form and return to
Cost: £105 includes BBKA Beginner Beekeeping
Equipment: notebook, pencil/pen, A4 folder

Booking form : 2022 beginner courses application form – not available to book as yet

Programme:    2022 Theory Course Programme Course


Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

Dates: Online computer course – always available
Time: Online computer course
Venue: Online computer course
To book: please email for full details and to register
Cost for course: £12.50
Contact: Secretary

Make sure that you are prepared when it comes to jarring and labelling your honey. With a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate from a reputable online training provider you will have the knowledge to ensure that you conform to the law and provide a safe product for the public to eat.

For more information and to register your place, email 

Basic Assessment

Dates: between 1 May  and 31 August each year
Time: will be confirmed by EBKA Education Officer
Venue: Essex
To book: please email for full details and to register 
Cost for testing: £tbc paid via BBKA and then booked through Examinations Secretary EBKA
Contact: Secretary

An oral and practical test held at any suitable apiary and conducted by a BBKA Assessor. It is open to all who have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months. The entrance fee is £30 (2020). Applications should be made to the Area Examination Secretary (or direct to BBKA Head Office if you are an individual member) at least one month before the date it is proposed to sit the Assessment.

All assessments should be completed by 31st August. Successful applicants who are under eighteen at the date of the assessment will have their fee refunded.



Full payment (unless otherwise expressly stated) is require at the time of booking your place on a workshop or course and is only refundable at the discretion of the Maldon Beekeepers’ Committee.

You will be sent an invoice for your workshop/course and your place will be confirmed on receipt of payment. You will also receive, one week before the workshop/course, joining instructions.

BACS/online payment is preferred.

Details are on your invoice.

Thank you

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