Our Bee Courses

Sinah Common Honeybee

Bee-Brave Experience...

Our 'Bee-Brave' experience is a short introduction to the world of bees and beekeeping lasting approx 1.5 - 2 hrs. Come and join John and the bees and learn about the fascinating world of the honeybee. You will be given some theoretical knowledge about the bees and then taken to our Sinah Common apiary and will come face to face with a full colony of bees (Don't worry we loan you a bee suit and gloves and we think there are no holes in them!!!)

You will be given a jar of honey as a souvenir and a certificate can be issued if required. 

The cost is £25 per person and this experience can normally only be offered between 1 May and 30 August each year. Email us to book a place for yourself or as a novel gift for somebody else. 

What Do Our Customers Think?

Hi John I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic experience you gave us on our recent ‘Bee Brave’ experience. We had a great time and you have furthered our fascination with bees to the extent that we are going to get some and come on your course once we have moved to our bigger house.

Your knowledge is fantastic and you brought the whole experience to life. We loved seeing the queen and Dave loved tasting the honey straight from the hive.

Thank you very much” - Tina. L.


Email: info@sinahcommonhoney.com to book a place.

Beekeeping Beginners Course (Intensive)

Course Fees:

  • Course only - £160

  • A deposit of £80 (Non-refundable) is required to secure a place.

  • Full fee payable within 2 weeks of course

The Sinah Common Honey beginners course is now in its fifth year, with over 150 beekeepers trained and enjoying their own bees. The course is run over three complete days in order to suit busy lives; the intensive theory course is delivered over a two day period (weekend) followed by a third single day in the spring (also a weekend) to learn practical skills.

Duration: – 10 x sessions (Covering 12 modules)

Location: – Modules 1-10 Hayling Island Community Centre.

Modules 11 & 12 Sinah Common Honey workshop & apiary locations in Hayling Island area.

Dates: -

In 2020 we will run three courses as follows:

Beginner 1/20: 

Modules 1-10 (theory) = 18th & 19th January 2020

Modules 11 & 12 (practical) = 24th May 2020


Beginner 2/20:

Modules 1-10 (theory) = 8th & 9th February 2020

Modules 11 & 12 (practical) = 7th June 2020

Beginner 3/20:

Modules 1-10 (theory) = 7th & 8th March 2020

Modules 11 & 12 (practical) = 28th June 2020


Limited to fourteen students per course, these courses are ALWAYS oversubscribed and have a very good reputation; book early to avoid missing out. Please ask us to see feedback from previous courses. 

Course Background:

Keeping bees as a hobby is a rewarding, enjoyable, reasonably inexpensive and challenging pastime that will encourage you to be more familiar with your local eco-system whilst enjoying the delicious fruits of your labour! However some basic knowledge and practical skills will prevent your first few months from turning into a nightmare with a ‘sting in the tail’! 

The Sinah Common Honey Basic Beekeeping course is a modular learning programme aimed at the beginner who will have little or no previous knowledge. It is designed to equip the hobbyist beekeeper with the required knowledge & skills to ensure that their adventure is a pleasant one for them, their family, the bees and of course their neighbours! In addition we offer an optional on-going ‘mentoring’ service to students to support them in their first six months as a beekeeper.

Course Composition:

John Geden, the founder of Sinah Common Honey, will teach the course; Currently managing over 200 colonies of bees John has over 26 years of beekeeping experience to share. He is a qualified beekeeper with the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) a member of the Bee Farmers Association with DASH accreditation (Disease Accreditation Scheme for Honeybees) and holds qualified teacher status in adult learning & development. The course, written by John, comprises ten theoretical modules and two practical modules that follow the chapters in the BBKA Beginners Guide to Beekeeping (2nd Ed) as follows:

Module 1 – Bees & Beekeeping.

Module 2 – The Colony.

Module 3 – The Hive:

Module 4 – History of Bees.

Module 5 – The Beekeeping Year.

Module 6 – Queens & Drones.

Module 7: Swarms.

Module 8: Bee & Colony Health.

Module 9: Plants & Hive Products.

Module 10: Getting started.

Module 11: – Practical Frame & Flat-pack Beehive Construction:

Module 12: – Practical Bee Handling & Colony Inspection:


Additional Information: 

  • The price of the course includes a complimentary copy of ‘The BBKA Beginners Guide To Beekeeping’ (2nd Ed) published by the British Beekeepers Association.

  • All other teaching materials including bespoke handouts are also included.

  • Tea & coffee will be provided during all modules.

  • Lunch included (please advise of special dietary needs).

  • Free car-parking.

  • Frames & flat-packed hives will be loaned for module 11 although students are welcome to bring their own.

  • Protective suits, hive tools & gloves will be loaned to students for use during module 8 although students are welcome to bring their own.

  • Course notes and web links will be provided.

  • Special educational needs can be addressed, please advise us if you have any special requirements.

  • At the conclusion of the course, a 6-month mentoring service is available for beekeepers locating their colonies within a 10-mile radius of PO11, further details available on request.

  • Students will be required to complete a medical questionnaire.

  • A gift voucher can be supplied if purchasing the course for a gift.

What Do Our Customers Think?

Just wanted to thank you for the beekeeping course.

I found both the theory days and the practical day immensely enjoyable and informative. You have certainly fuelled my desire to continue learning about honey bees and beekeeping, thank you so much for sharing your bees and your beekeeping knowledge with us.

I would definitely like to come back to spend more time with you and your bees — Kim D


Email: info@sinahcommonhoney.com to book and secure a place.