Five-Week Practical Beekeeping Course

  • Wednesday 30 June 2021
  • 11am to 2pm
How to book

If you’re considering keeping bees but need to develop your knowledge and understanding on how to do so, our Five-Week Practical Beekeeping Course can help.

Join our Ecosystems Trainer and Beekeeper, Lynda, for five weekly practical sessions in the Botanic Garden’s Bee Garden, opening hives and learning effective hive assessment. Learn about the honeybee colony and why we keep bees at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The practical part of the course will be followed by classroom sessions where you will evaluate the inspections and learn about the beekeeping year. Whether you’re a beginner or an improving beekeeper, develop your confidence in carrying out and evaluating hive inspections.

This course will be delivered across five consecutive Wednesdays:

  • Wednesday June 30th – 11am-2pm
  • Wednesday July 7th – 11am-2pm
  • Wednesday July 14th – 11am-2pm
  • Wednesday July 21st – 11am-2pm
  • Wednesday July 28th – 11am-2pm

Please note: Anyone at risk of developing an allergic reaction following a bee sting should not attend this course.


£170 (£153 for concessions and Botanic Garden Members). This includes entry to the National Botanic Garden of Wales which you will be free to explore after your course.

To book, please visit our Eventbrite page, to claim the concessionary price, please call 01558 667192 or 01558 667195.

Social Prescribing

One space on each of our adult courses will be fully subsidised under social prescribing and candidates can apply to the Growing the Future project by referral letter from a GP or registered charity to This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your Trainer

Your trainer for the day will be Lynda who has been keeping bees for over 20 years and has worked at the National Botanic Garden of Wales for 13 years. Lynda is responsible for all three apiaries at the Botanic Garden, which all feed into the scientific research undertaken here.

The honey from the Botanic Garden’s hives has been used in DNA barcoding research work to identify honeybee foraging patterns. Jars of the Botanic Garden’s honey, ‘Garden’s Gold’ is available to buy seasonally from our gift shop, Siop Botanica, as well as in a range of cosmetic products.

COVID-19 Safety

We have a duty of care to ensure your safety during this course, with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. You are welcome to wear your own face mask and gloves – these will not be provided. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to offer refreshments so please bring your own, alternatively, you are welcome to use the Botanic Garden’s catering outlets.

Growing the Future

This course is delivered as part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.