Beginners Sessions

Beginners Sessions

Beginners Sessions at the Apiary – 2022

Welcome to the new season at the HBKA Apiary. We will be resuming our popular beginners’ sessions in 2022. This year we will be starting with an introductory frame making session and a classroom based basic theory session for those who have already registered an interest. Outdoor practical sessions will then take place on 10 Sunday afternoons at 2pm, for approximately 2 hours each, commencing on 8 May and running until 25 August.

The sessions are open to Hexham BKA members (both beginners and those with some experience) who would like to see a range of different beekeeping skills and ways to deal with what you may find in your own hive when you open it.

The things we will cover are briefly:
Bee & brood identification and health of the colony
Feeding – what to feed, how & when
Equipment – what you need and how to use it
Swarm control – recognising the symptoms and managing the process
Disease diagnosis and control – varroa and other common diseases

The sessions are run as a series of separate meetings with an informal style. In 2022, we will put our beginners into groups of 3 with a demonstrator, who will be one of our more experienced beekeepers. These are practical sessions and you will get hands-on time in a hive. We have bee-suits and gloves available for people to borrow. The only things you need are a pair of wellies, reading glasses (if you wear them) and a keen interest in learning about beekeeping. We finish each session with a drink and biscuit so that everyone gets a chance to meet the other beginners and have a chat.

The sessions will depend to some extent on weather and availability of demonstrators.

Beginners Sessions for 2022 (dates now confirmed)

Date        Type of meeting
03 Apr     Beginners Frame Making Session
12 Apr     Beginners Introductory Theory Session
08 May    Beginners Practical #1
15 May    Beginners Practical #2
22 May    Beginners Practical #3
12 Jun     Beginners Practical #4
19 Jun     Beginners Practical #5
26 Jun     Beginners Practical #6
10 Jul      Beginners Practical #7
17 Jul      Beginners Practical #8
14 Aug    Beginners Practical #9
21 Aug    Beginners Practical #10

Beginners Frame Making Session

In 2022, we will resume the introductory frame making session on 3 April.

The aim is to learn how to make frames and how to prepare your kit for the coming season. This is a practical session at which you are required to bring a small hammer, pliers, strong bladed knife and wooden chopping board (to protect the Village Hall tables). Don’t worry if you don’t have all these things just bring what you can, we provide a few spares.

All beginners and new members are welcome (you don’t need to have bees) plus anyone who feels they need a bit of practice at frame making. Experienced frame makers are welcome to help, instruct and make frames – we need lots for the coming season. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a good chat are provided. You could also bring a cake if you feel so inclined.

If you would like more details or to reserve a place for any of the sessions, then please email me at

Sue Robinson