Advanced beekeeping workshop

a hands on day at the beehives


So you have bought your first bee hive and just want to have a bit more practice so you are really confident doing the general day to day beehive inspections.

This hands on day will be working with hives in the Apiary, and is limited to 6 people.

Perfect for beekeepers who have already done the introduction course, we will start the day with a small amount of practical discussion followed by a hands on day opening and inspecting the hives. If you have a flow hive we can certainly help with all your questions

Hands on activities will include;

  • preparing hives for winter
  • robbing honey,
  • disease inspection for biosecurity code of practice
  • swarm control techniques,
  • splitting hives,
  • preparing nucleus hives,

What should I wear/bring ? Our classes take place outdoors so you’ll need clothing suitable for the weather on the day.  Even if it is very hot you will need long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes for the practical part of the day.  

Please do not bring any of your beekeeping gear as we supply everything - for biosecurity risk it is better to use our gear.

You’ll also need sunscreen and your lunch and a bottle of water.

Is there parking available? Yes there is plenty of parking available at Edendale

Do I need to bring lunch? Yes please bring lunch and a drink - a water bottle and sunscreen is a good idea

How old do you need to be to do the course? We usually suggest an age of 16 and above for the adult courses but feel free to contact me if you have a special request

About Us: Benedict is a well-known registered Beekeeper; as The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees.

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

Benedict regularly runs school incursions about bees and beekeeping. Benedict also delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic, Edendale Communtity Environment Farm and CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), Melbourne’s award-winning, not for profit sustainability centre.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as The Practical Beekeeper

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What you will learn

  • Day to day hive inspection procedures and a set of notes to take home
  • Hints and tips to better manage your hives
  • Opportunity to ask questions and learn more from a full time beekeeper

What you will get

  • At the end of this day you will walk away with more confidence opening and managing your beehives.
Parking Info

Ride or walk

Bike ride or walk along the bike trail that links Diamond Creek to the main Yarra Trail.

Walk from the following bus stops:

578 Eltham to Warrandyte via Kangaroo Ground
579 Eltham to Warrandyte via Research – Warrandyte Road
582 Eltham to Research
580 Eltham to Eltham South.

Get the train to Eltham station, then bike ride or walk along the path to Edendale Community Environment Farm (30 minute walk).
Car parking

Park at the Eltham North Reserve Adventure Playground, Wattletree Road, Eltham. Walk to Edendale following the signs on the walking trail which leads across the Diamond Creek to the northern entrance of Edendale Community Environment Farm. This takes 5 minutes and is the closest car park to the Indigenous Plant Nursery (Melway 22 A1)

Front Gate: Enter from Gastons Road. Park at the Front Gate car park and walk up the pedestrian only driveway.

On-site parking: Enter from Gastons Road. 28 spaces available, including two disabled spaces

What to bring

  • comfortable long sleave shirt with closed footwear
  • tea and coffee provided but please bring lunch

What to wear

comfortable long sleave shirt with closed footwear for use in the outdoors

Appropriate for

The course is perfect for beekeepers just starting out but wanting to learn more

The Practical Beekeeper

Vendor since 2015

A well-known registered Beekeeper, Benedict is "The Practical Beekeeper". Benedict collects swarms, manages beehives and delivers educational courses

Benedict is a full time beekeeper specializing in Urban beekeeping and he manages a number of hives in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Benedict has a background and passion for permaculture, sustainability, horticulture and landscape architecture and is passionate about sharing ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.


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Refund Policy

Cancellation & Refund Policy

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. 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.

Terms & Conditions

Participation in Beekeeping classes and workshops are at your own risk. Whilst we take every precaution to take reasonable care of our customers, we acknowledge that bees and the natural environment can pose risk, and your attendance at our classes waives our liability for any injuries that occur. Payment of class or event is confirmation of your place(s) in the class. Minimum numbers apply for each class, if we require the class(es) to be postponed or cancelled, a refund or re-allocation to the same class or a different class of the same value will be offered.

Photography Consent

We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @practical_beekeeper or with our community. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins. You can send us an email prior to class or just give us a heads up at the start of class.

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Terms & Conditions

Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, we may need to postpone our classes. In the case of postponement your booking will be transferred to another date. 

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. If you are unable to attend on the day, last minute cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.

Disclaimer:  Beekeeping material & information published and/or presented in any of our training courses or workshops, leaflets or on The Practical Beekeeper website is produced in good faith & for general information and The Practical Beekeeper or its proprietors will not be liable for any loss suffered by any person for action taken on the basis of such information.

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