ABKA trains about 12 new beekeepers each year beginning in March.

We hold classroom sessions, usually at the Riddlesden Institute, plus practical sessions at our apiary at East Riddlesden Hall.  Our new training plan has several components, so you can choose how far you want to take your learning.

We offer a staged training process.  Part one is Bees and Beekeeping, an informative and fun classroom session taught by two of our beekeepers.  This is an introduction and outline of what is involved in keeping bees.  Should you be keen to continue then next is our Meet the Bees session.

If you wish to go on to train to become a beekeeper then you will need to complete both the Bees and Beekeeping and Meet the Bees sessions first. Only at this point, when you know that keeping bees really is the hobby for you, will you begin our thorough and practical based Beekeeper Training Programme.

Our training stages

Our 2020 programme is already full but please contact us if you wish to register your interest for a training course in 2021.