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.

Map showing area covered by DMBKA

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 DMBKA you will also be eligible for many of the Essex Beekeeping Association courses as well.

Beekeeping Taster Workshops

DATES:    2019

Sunday 30 June – 8 spaces
Sunday 7 July – 8 spaces
Sunday 21 July – 8 spaces
Sunday 4 August – 8 spaces
Sunday 18 August – 8 spaces

Time: 11am-2pm
: Ulting, CM9 6QX
To book: please email or call 07979 862952/01245 381577
:   £35

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.

Worker Bee with pollen in her corbicula
Workers cleaning up nectar
Close up of workers showing tongues sucking up spilt nectar on frame


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 -2019

COURSE H – 18, 25 February; 4, 11,18, 25 March, 1 April

PLACES AVAILABLE – book to avoid disappointment. Last Theory course for 2019

Dates:  2019
Time: 7.00-10pm

All held at
Venue: The Oakhouse, High St, Maldon CM9 5PB
Phone: 01245 381577
Training Co-ordinator: Glenn Mayes
To book: please email for full details and to register
Cost: £95 includes BBKA Beginner Beekeeping
Equipment: notebook, pencil/pen, A4 folder

Beginner Course – Practical – B2 – 2019

Dates:  2019
Time: 11-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Venue: CM9 6QX
Cost: £25 (£15 if attended Beginner Theory B1)
To book: automatic registration if you have attended Theory Course – otherwise please email for full details and to register
Equipment: notebook, pencil/pen, wellington boots, theory folder
Beekeeping suit provided if required.


Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

Dates: Online computer course – September 2018 onwards
Time: Online computer course
Venue: Online computer course
To book: please email for full details and to register
Cost for course: £15
Contact: Carlie Mayes

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, call 01245 381577 / 07979 862952 or email

Basic Assessment

Dates: between 1 May 2018 and 31 August 2018
Time: will be confirmed by EBKA Education Officer
Venue: Essex
To book: please email for full details and to register
Cost for testing: £20 [2018] paid via BBKA and then booked through Examinations Secretary, Pat Allen
Contact: Carlie Mayes

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 £20.00 . 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 DMBKA 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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