Backyard Beekeeping with Benedict Hughes

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An intro course to beekeeping provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to operate a backyard beehive, whether you are interested to start on a beekeeping journey, or already have some experience. 

Participants are provided with an understanding of the history and biology of European honey bees, and are taught about the necessary steps to get started in beekeeping and successfully manage a hive.

The course is delivered with a secure working demonstration hive for use in an indoor setting, and is suitable for participants aged from 14 years onwards.

The course runs for 1.5 hours and has plenty of time for questions and answers. Participants will leave with all the enthusiasm to get started as beekeepers and have the opportunity to taste and buy some honey from the hives.

Who is Benedict Hughes?

Benedict Hughes is a fully qualified trainer and a well-known registered Beekeeper. As The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees.

Benedict is the President of The Australian Pollinator Alliance Inc., a not for profit group dedicated to promote the health of bees and all pollinators, critical to our food and natural environment, through education, research and conservation.

Benedict is also a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper). He is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres Environment Park in Brunswick and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park Farm.

Benedict regularly runs sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults. He can be found on Facebook and Instagram as “PracticalBeekeeper

Here’s what some past students have to say about Benedict’s courses.

Erin, March 2016

Benedict is a fantastic teacher. Very knowledgeable, patient and happy to ask questions. He gave us a lot of information and practical guidance and skills. I feel very confident about getting my own hive...and I know who to call if I need help! I loved the balance of practical and theory in the session. I loved seeing the bees and being shown how to identify real things...finding grubs, the queen, different cells etc.

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What you will learn
  • An understanding of the beekeeping season and the guidelines for effective and safe hive management
  • What are the best ways to get started as a beekeeper
  • Extracting honey
What you will get
  • The practical skills and know-how to get started and/or continue on your beekeeping journey
  • The opportunity to taste and purchase honey fresh from a hive

What to bring
  • Optional: A pen and paper for taking notes
What to wear


Appropriate for

Suitable for anyone over the age of 14

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment. 

Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.

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You can send us an email prior to class hello@thinkthornbury.com or just give us a heads up at the start of class. 

We want to make sure you feel comfortable and at home in Think Thornbury!

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03 March 2019 • Backyard Beekeeping with Benedict Hughes

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