Bee Keeping Course Yorkshire

Introduction to Bee Keeping Course spring 2021

4.98 out of 5 based on 41 customer ratings
(41 customer reviews)


Our ‘Introduction to Bee Keeping’ course will provide you with the knowledge you need to start keeping bees.

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Due to the Covid 19  pandemic I am unsure when we will be able to run our courses , hopefully things will return to some form of normality by spring!

Because of this i am not setting any dates down as yet and i still have a backlog of a few people that we have to get through from last year.

Please drop me an email or give me a call and i will put your name on the list for as soon as we can resume our classes.

Thanks for your patience in this testing time.



Our Introduction to Bee Keeping course will provide you with the knowledge you need to start keeping bees.

We have small classes to guarantee you our full attention and ensure you get the most out of the day.

We run the courses throughout the summer  from the middle of May until the middle of July please see below to find out what dates are available

Duration: 1 Day 9.30-4

Course  itinerary  includes : 

  • Introductions
  • Safety
  • A brief history of bee keeping
  • Hive types and parts
  • Apiary location and set up
  • Disease recognition and control
  • Swarm control
  • Hands on experience we teach how to do an inspection and what your looking for then let you do several inspections and talk you through them!
  • A brief look at products of the hive and honey extraction

There will be no more than 8 people on the course allowing you to get as much time learning to handle frames of bees as possible and you will get to make the most of our experience

A delicious home made lunch and refreshments will be provided. Suits and gloves are provided for the day, so all you need to bring are some wellington boots, a long sleeved shirt and plenty of enthusiasm :-)

Please see below the dates which are available if you would like to book on please contact me and say what date you would like and i will confirm if it is still available before you complete  the booking. Be quick because they will get snapped up fast !!

please read the cancellation policy bellow  before booking.

in the unlikely event that it is raining all day we will run the theory part of the course then will offer you another date upon which you can attend to do the practical.

Payment must be made in full to complete the booking


A lot of time and effort goes into organizing the courses so that everyone enjoys them and gets maximum out of the day. If you are unable to attend the course after booking please get in touch with us at least 3 weeks before the course date and 100% will be refunded. Anything after the 3 week prior to course date and we will be unable to refund your  purchase

Regards David :)




41 reviews for Introduction to Bee Keeping Course spring 2021

    5 out of 5


    I would like to say thanks for a wonderful introduction to beekeeping at Bayview Bees on the 19th of June 20013 the course was very informative and hands on. In fact it was the real deal. I must also praise the excellent lunch provided and refreshments. A very friendly and comprehensive days learning 5 stars Kevin butt, Scarborough.

    5 out of 5


    Excellent course that was suitable for complete novices like ourselves.

    The morning was mostly spent on theory, covering a wide range of topics, delivered in a friendly relaxed style. We then donned suites and gloves to witness at first hand how to examine hives and inspect bees.

    Deliciously light home made cakes mid morning followed by a fabulous lunch, prepared us for the afternoon session, spent mostly out in a local field with the bees.

    We spent lots of time with the hives, which gave us the opportunity to open hives, use a smoker, examine bees and try to find the elusive queens.

    The day was rounded off in the honey extraction area, watching honey being spun out of the combs.

    What a day! Highly recommended.

    5 out of 5


    We purchased our vouchers for the Bee keeping course in September 2012 from Dave’s fabulous Honey exhibition stand at the Festival of the Plough in Low Burnham, near Epworth.

    We had the whole winter to mull over the idea of bee keeping and as utter novices (not knowing one bee from another), we were probably an instructors delight as we were blank canvases.

    We purchased two new hives prior to going on the course to enforce our commitment to the new hobby of honey making .

    On the course day Dave’s quirky easy going approach made us feel at ease quickly. Luckily we had a brilliant sunny day to roll our sleeves up and get beeesy.

    The tutorials were punctuated only by the arrival of yummy home made cakes and mugs of steaming tea and coffee. The information was well structured and very user friendly. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and express concerns.

    My friend had got put off by the number of diseases the bees can catch, when she went on a different course. After the Bayview course, I felt confident that I could identify the main diseases. And anything else I wasn’t sure about, I could ring Dave and get an answer – probably quicker than the computer!

    By late morning we were able to get up close and personal with the bees after donning our new bee safety suits, (choice of colours), not flattering for ladies but who cares as long as the bees are not stinging you.

    We had a splendid homemade lunch followed by more cakes (weight watchers turn away now).

    In the afternoon it was straight back to the bees, going offsite to visit some busier hives. Dave wanted to see if we could identify queens and tell if they were laying. We were asked to identify if honey was ready to be collected and to comment on the health of the individual hives. All good practice in handling the bees.

    We learnt so much, backed up with written information for future reference. We strongly recommend this course to other novice and experienced bee keepers.

    Thank you so much Dave for a truly fabulous day.

    Five Star Rating*****

    Belinda & Peter

    Many thanks again David

    5 out of 5


    andy tooke June 28, 2013 at 6:44 am Permalink
    If you have ever thought of keeping Bees, Don’t…… At least not until you have spent a day with Dave at Bayview.

    My brother and I spent a day on his day-long course, and any reservations we had about starting up were dispelled. The course is run with the emphasis being hands on. You will very quickly become confident with handling bees. All the technical jargon is clearly explained, and Daves no-nonsense, ‘keep it simple’ approach was inspiring.

    You’ll also pick up some very handy money saving tips (sorry Thornes but you do sell a lot of stuff people just dont really need)

    I would recommend that anyone considering taking up Bee keeping should attend this course, (excellent lunch as well)

    Thanks Dave for a great day!

    5 out of 5


    On 8th July I attended a fabulous day at Flixton. What a find a real hidden gem right on my door step! I can heartily recommend Dave’s no nonsense hands on day, to learn all about the basics of beekeeping.

    I left feeling not only inspired, but confident knowing the basics. I headed home to my hives, which I had previously been unable to do anything with. I had thought there was only an odd swarm, but following Dave’s training, I realized there’s 6 full hives! I’ve sorted them out best I could!

    Poor Dave may be my next port of call for more advice!

    We had a delicious lunch, and met some lovely people.

    Thanks again

    5 out of 5


    What a great and interesting day out, thank you very much for it. We arrived and had an initial briefing about the background details of beekeeping and bees in general- which was very interesting. We then got a hands on experience with the bees by looking through the hives and picking out the queens and getting a general teaching on the looking after the welfare of the bees.
    This has given us an exciting experience and we will definitely get involved ourselves in the near future.

    5 out of 5


    Attended 10 August 2013. I can only echo what has been written in the other five star reviews – an excellent course covering a fascinating subject. Fully recommended.

    5 out of 5


    The Beekeeping course was a very last minute thing for me, I emailed David on the night before the course and he got back to me pretty much straight away. He was extremely helpful in helping me arrive on time, even was picked up from the train station!

    I’d read a few books prior to going but there’s nothing like hearing it from professionals with 30+ years experience. In the morning we learnt the history of beekeeping, types of hives, tools and equipment, diseases and other issues affecting beekeepers, we were also supplied with many cups of tea and homemade sponge cake which was a welcome treat too!

    Following this a homemade dinner was provided with fresh home-grown vegetables and roast chicken which was again very welcome.

    During the afternoon session we were driven to a collection of small hives to test our new gained knowledge, we in turn looked trough the hives to identify the different types of bee, find the queen, looked for disease, and checked the brood. Despite my initial caution I felt quite safe in my bee suit with them flying around us.

    Thanks again David

    5 out of 5


    What a fantastic course, and really helpful. I didn’t have much knowledge about bee keeping before, but after spending a day with Dave, and everything being very hands-on, I feel I can start keeping bees straight away. And if I am stuck I know I can always contact him for any advice. The course is brilliant and would recommend it to anyone who has even a slight interest in bees. The lunch and cupcakes were excellent as well. I am definitely coming back next year before I start with my beehives.

    Thanks a lot guys


    5 out of 5


    My wife bought me a Day’s Bee Keeping Course back in February and I’d been waiting impatiently to actually do the course ever since. The wait was worth it – I had a brilliant day with Dave and his team last Friday in glorious weather. After an initial talk through the basics of bees and bee keeping we got stuck straight into it with a look round a few hives and then into the ‘Honey Room’!
    After a fantastic lunch we were out again to two other locations to assess more hives. There were just 3 of us on the course that day so we all had plenty of time to open up a lot of hives for inspection and really get a good understanding of just what is involved with this fascinating hobby
    Good set of information notes and booklets given out at then end which are very interesting. All in all a great day – thanks very much!!

    5 out of 5


    14th June was a great day for a bee keeping course, led in a very friendly and knowledgeable way by Dave and Brian. We were anxious after the first session – with so much information buzzing around in our heads but (fortified by coffee and as much home made cake we could eat) once we started looking at the hives we had more idea. After lunch we had great experience inspecting the hives on the wolds. it was lovely. There were 4 people on our course, and we were all chattering with enthusiasm when we returned to Bay View Farm. A well organised, detailed and practical course, with good instructors and a great lunch. What’s not to like?

    5 out of 5


    I also attended the course on June 14. I arrived excited but slightly nervous as I am normally a little anxious when it comes to being around bees. However, that was short lived once David and Brian began to present the course. Its informal format helped to ensure that the myriad of information given was taken in with plently of opportunity to ask questions to clarify a particular subject. After some tea/coffee and delicious homemade cake we climbed into out bee suits to be introduced to some hives to put our newfound knowledge into practice.

    A superb home made lunch was laid on and then it was off on a short trip to visit some hives to inspect them. As there was only four people on the course we were given plently of opportunity to study the component parts of the hives and their contents even further which helped us to gain confidence when handling the bees at close quarters (despite earlier reservations I/we all felt very calm). All done with friendly encouragement from Both David and Brian. All in all a great day and I am certainly considering taking up this interest/hobby as soon as posssible. Well done to the Team. Highly recommended!!!

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A very safe and informative course completed at a relaxed pace with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Both instructors were obviously knowledgeable and enthusiastic and carefully explained all the relevant facts in theory, backed by practical experience and hands on application of the information delivered. A swarm was examined and the queen marked – a unique and fortunate experience.
    Saw the frames of honey produced being uncapped and spun ready for pouring into jars, together with a sample of 3 different types of honey. All this and very tasty home produced lunch and snacks. Everyone would feel confident of handling bees after this introductory course – this course is a winner.

    5 out of 5


    I had the most interesting time. I loved the hands on bit handling the bees, marking the Queens and splitting the hives. I can’t wait to do it for myself. The people are lovely and so is the home made food. No stings all day. Well recommended. I know a heck of a lot more now.

    5 out of 5


    Had a great day with Dave and Brian,both were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic explaining all the relevant information facts and theories on bee keeping.
    Followed up by practical hands on experience using the information obtained hives were examined and queens marked.
    Nucs were made up by splitting colonies – a great experience and a must for all budding bee keepers.
    Refreshments were A1,with cake and coffee breaks and an Exellent home made lunch.

    Highly recommended.

    5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the introduction to bee-keeping course. I felt I was being guided by genuine experts and have come away with a real understanding and enthusiasm for bee-keeping and a confidence that I could make a proper go of it. I learnt the theory, the dos and don’ts, had personal guided practical support inspecting hives and finished with a session on processing honey and some sampling. The food and drink at break and lunch were excellent. A really satisfying day! Thank you Dave and Brian!

    5 out of 5


    Great day out. Dave and Brian were very knowledgeable and patient, lots of hands on experience as well as the theory of keeping bees. Intimate group of 4 so no need to feel foolish asking questions. No hard sell, Dave and Brian are obviously just in it to share their passion and knowledge.
    Great food, provided by Daves mum who’s cakes and lunch were as good as any restaurant.
    For any budding bee keeper this course is perfect. Can’t wait to get started!

    5 out of 5


    If the future of our honey bees relies on the Bayview Bee Keeping Courses – then we have nothing to worry about as I cannot see anyone going on a course hosted by David and Brian and not want to keep bees themselves.

    I was given the voucher from my work colleagues for my birthday for my Husband and I to go on the ‘introduction to bee keeping’ course. I can say it is the best birthday present I could have received.

    Bee keeping has always been something that I would like to do but thought it would be too complicated and technical for me, but with the well structured and practical way David and Brian presented the course they made it understandable and yes there is a lot to learn, but it is not as daunting now as it was and I am definitely going to get a hive with the plan to have more in the future.

    And thanks for the wonderful home made cakes and lunch, which kept us going all day.

    Thank you David and Brian for giving me a wonderful Birthday present, sharing your infectious passion and opening my life up to the relaxing (now I have got to know them) hum of the bees.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I took the course on the 20th June and was totally fascinated. Between them Brian and David have more than forty years of bee keeping experience and they share it generously and patiently.

    The explanations were clear and they packed a lot of knowledge into the morning slot. In the afternoon,despite the weather, we were able to have a hands on session with the bees. It really was an amazing experience.

    This is definitely a course for anyone who has an interest in nature and/or old fashioned methods of food production. To think that people have been using the same methods for hundreds of years is fascinating -you do get to learn about the history and development of be keeping too.

    Due to the small class sizes everyone got to have a good go at inspecting the hives, finding the Queen (or trying to), checking for verroa, even collecting honey and at the end we were able to see how to extract it.

    The honey tasting was fab and I am now hooked on the borage honey, a deliciously light and clear type.

    Finally the cakes were gorgeous and the lunch delicious!

    If you or someone you know had an interest in bee keeping, this really is the place to go. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    For some great photography of images you will see up close if you take the course (yes, we saw bees hatching) watch :

    5 out of 5


    What a good day! The course is excellent whether for a beginner or for a refresher course. Dave and Brian’s enthusiastic and no nonsense approach gave us confidence. We spent most of the time actually working with the bees and gaining valuable hands on experience.
    We would highly recommend the course.
    Good honey too.
    Many thanks

    5 out of 5


    Both my wife and I took the course on 29th June and it was great, just what we wanted and we made up half of the class of four so you get all the attention you need. Having recently toyed with the idea of keeping bees, we wanted to learn more about bee keeping, how, what, when etc. The first half of the day was the classroom which was very informative and very useful. David and Brian are both very knowledgeable and answered all our questions; I even built my first frame.

    After lunch (provide) we got out into the fields handling actual hives and frames, leaning how to inspect the hives, recognise the different bees and sections of the hives. Handle the frames and bees gives you first hand insight it to what it is going to be like keeping bees.

    The day was a total success and has convinced us both, that with advice from David and Brian we are now going to move forward with two hives. If anyone is interested in bee keeping this is the course for you and the place to go.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A thoroughly interesting day. I booked this one day bee-keeping course to find out about bees and for a ‘different’ day out. In the morning you’re in the ‘classroom’ or farmyard (so take weather appropriate clothing). Health and safety is taken into consideration and you wear all the proper gear to get stuck in with all the bee activity. You get well looked after with tea/coffee and the most fabulous home made cakes. Followed by a delicious home cooked lunch. Back to the bees… you find out about the different types of bees, how to identify the Queen, drones, workers and brood (the grubs). See, I was paying attention! After lunch you’re taken into the Wolds to visit and service some beehives in a farmer’s field. All very hands on. Back on the farm you see how the honey is extracted and get to sample different types of honey; borage, heather, mixed wildflowers etc., with a complimentary jar to take home. My husband (who normally gets into a flap when anything flies near him that buzzes) was really into the bee experience, so much so that he agreed to buy a reconditioned hive to set up his own back garden colony for next Spring.

    5 out of 5


    Thoroughly enjoyable day!! Was a little cold for me and the bees but David made the day really interesting. I was very lucky and there was only 2 of us on the course, we both new quite a bit about the basics and just really wanted to focus on the handling and David was happy oblige. Really really interesting day, loved every moment and lunch was scrummy too! Bonus!

    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Really useful day of learning about bees. David is delightful and the food cooked by his mum was delicious. We had a morning of really useful teaching which was clear and well presented but the absolute delight was handling the bees in the afternoon and observing the queen walking over the comb and laying eggs – that was just magical. Would highly recommend the course and good value for money too. I feel much more confident a a result. Thanks David

    5 out of 5


    A really informative and hands-on course. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Excellent hospitality too. I would recomnend this course to anyone who wanted to know exactly what is involved in bee keeping. Thank you very much.

    5 out of 5


    Been on a beekeeping course today & it was absolutely phenomenal!!! Dave is so lovely, knowledgeable & enthusiastic, makes it even more fun & exciting. Got some hands on experience with the bees & his mums home baking for 11ses cakes was immense ?. Plus her home baked ham, homemade coleslaw n salad etc for lunch was just gorgeous ??! We were really truly spoilt! Can’t recommend the whole experience enough!!!!

    5 out of 5


    What an amazing day. Welcomed with a cuppa then off to an open barn to start with bee lifecycle stuff and a really interesting chat about hives and all things bees! Another coffee n a cake later (you won’t need to take any food or drink with you believe me) we then donned our suits and started looking at populated hives. Really interesting, I thought I would be nervous but Dave is so reassuring and the bees so fascinating that very quickly you just take them for granted. Lovely home made lunch followed by a short trip in his 4×4 to some more hives where we all got some proper hands on experience with hive inspections. The day is not rushed, our group of 4 were all very interested, we kept Dave very busy with questions he was happy to answer and we were shown loads with the hives inspections. Day rounded off with us processing some of the combs we had brought back with us and even taste testing the result – lovely fresh honey. Dave unselfishly offered loads of support and guidence for anyone wanting to take things further. Highly recommended, you wont regret doing this course.

    5 out of 5


    Had the course bought for a friend and I for our Xmas/birthday presents
    a total surprise from Pam as usual.
    A little apprehensive not knowing anything about bees except they sting !!! Arrived and was welcomed by David who is a brilliant guy who puts you at ease straight away with a good Yorkshire cuppa. Did the theory bit but the weather was a little on the bees side not ours so we had to wait a little until the sun eventually came out. So after a delicious lunch prepared by David’s mum (thanks mum)!!!! it was time for the practical bit. We headed up the hill to the hives and checked them out, all was OK and the experience left us “BUZZING” And sting free.
    Once again a big thank you to all at Bayveiw Bees for a brilliant day. Will definitely recommend you to anyone who would be interested.

    5 out of 5


    David runs an informative course on the
    theory and practical side of beekeeping, we learnt so much and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of becoming a beekeeper or if you already have bees and want to learn more. It’s a great day …even though ours was split over two days due to very inclement weather! We had a fabulous lunch cooked and hosted by David’s Mum. It was yummy! Thank you David for giving us more confidence with our bees.

    5 out of 5


    The Bee keeping course was fantastic. David is a brilliant teacher! He taught us and the aspects of bee keeping for a beginner and the course is interactive and hands on! Lovely lunch too! 10/10

    5 out of 5


    A truly awesome day that was a incredible introduction to beekeeping.

    Extremely interesting but also very hands on. David was very very easy to have run the day, i.e. really easy to ask questions, learn from, talk through and explain all there is to know about bees!

    As complete novices it was really interesting just how much there was to learn, and I left feeling we had barely scratched the surface (but only in a good way).

    We have come away keen to keep bees and will definitely be reaching back out to David once we get our first hive!

    Thanks again – without doubt 5 * and I would easily recommend to anyone…. even if you don’t want to keep bees!

    5 out of 5


    Brilliant day, very informative and hands on giving us the confidence to invest in our own. Great food and lovely lunch curtesy of Dave’s mum.

    5 out of 5


    Had the best day last Saturday (14.07.18) learning all about bees with David at Bayview Farm. I was on the course with two lovely ladies who had travelled from Sheffield. The course was very informative and delivered in such a way that as a complete beginner I came away feeling confident that in the future I will keep my own bees.

    Being able to be hands on and handle the bees was great and I found the harvesting and bottling process interesting too. The course is great value for money and would highly recommend this for all folks out there with an interest.

    David’s Mum provided yummy cakes, scones, tea, coffee and a delicious lunch too.

    Thanks to all at Bayview for a fabulous day!!

    5 out of 5


    BRILLIANT DAY – thanks to all the team Molly; Dave’s “Mum” with grandchildren and of course Dave…. for a very walm welcome and great Yorkshire hospitality (cakes, quiche and obviously honey roast ham with a cup of good tea!!)

    Dave is a brilliant teacher – I was a bit nervous around the hives at first but Dave gives you the confidence to “get stuck in” and soon I was hands on and could recognise the different bees ?.

    I would highly recommend Dave as teacher and supplier of high quality bees . Plus his honey is amazing.

    Thank you for a totally unexpected experience ?

    Wishing you and your family every success

    5 out of 5


    Had a great day with Dave and Ian learning the basics about bees these guys know there stuff , we were all well fed with cake and coffee the lunch was a proper lunch as much as you could eat thanks to Dave’s mum .after lunch it was all hands on in among the hives, looking forward to getting set up myself soon with Dave’s tuition keeping me right .great day had by all thanks ?????

    5 out of 5


    Had an excellent experience at Bayview Bees! The whole team (Dave, his mum and Molly) worked very hard to provide a positive experience. Dave is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable, making the theory and practical experience truly fascinating. The food provided by Dave’s mum was delicious, I absolutely loved the balsamic onion and goats cheese tart! My partner and I booked the day just for the experience, however after visiting we would definitely consider keeping bees in the future. I cannot praise this experience enough. Thank you for a great day!

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Had a great day with Dave and Molly , very interesting learning about the fascinating world of bee keeping, Dave is obviously very experienced and led us through the theory and practical sides to help understand the basics of keeping bee’s. The food was great, thanks to Sue , Dave’s mum. An enjoyable and very friendly experience.
    Looking forward to getting set up with a new hive?

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Really enjoyed the day. Arrived with absolutely no knowledge of beekeeping and, I thought, absolutely no interest, I went along with my husband and brother for the day out.
    Ended the day with so much knowledge and enthusiasm for this pastime. I can’t wait to get going with a couple of hives.
    The course was well balanced between theory and practical, standing in the suits amongst the bees was a wonderful experience and far from fearing bee stings just gave a sense of being so close to nature.
    I would highly recommend the course and the experience.
    Finally, as all previous reviews have said, the food provided was all homemade and delicious.
    Thank you Dave, Molly and Sue.

    5 out of 5


    I attended a days bee keeping course at Bay View farm and thoroughly enjoyed the day. David is an engaging teacher, which extensive knowledge and I feel that I took away much more confidence and understanding of the art of bee keeping thanks to him.
    The day was well organised, with a lovely morning tea break and Victoria sponge cake, and then also a fantastic lunch.
    I would certainly recommend the day for anybody thinking about getting bees.

    5 out of 5


    Had a great day with Dave and Molly , it was a very interesting day learning about all aspects of bee keeping, Dave took us through the theory and practical sides of keeping bees. The food was brilliant. , thanks to Dave’s mum. A very enjoyable and friendly experience.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Just to re-iterate what has already been said; this really was a perfect introduction to bee keeping. A good mix of need to know theory along with plenty of hands on practical in a particularly snazzy bee keeping suit. I now feel confident in identifying a drone, worker and the all important Queen and am looking to take the next step to keeping bees armed with knowledge and skills. Thank you Dave, you never tired of our constant stream of questions and queries.
    The food was just the ticket too!

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