This ‘hands-on’ day course is all about getting to know how to handle your bees by minimising the amount of stress to the bees. We will teach you how to approach, smoke and open the hive with the least amount of disturbance. We also provide you with a theory lesson followed by a short lunch break before heading out to the apiary.

It is most important to keep bees calm, especially if you are looking for the queen or doing general inspection and manipulation. This also includes marking and clipping the wings, which is essential for swarm control. We like to pride ourselves in using the ‘gloves-off’ approach to beekeeping. However, gloves will be provided for you on the day (unless you’re feeling particularly brave). A suit will also be provided for you on the day and we recommend you wear loose clothing that won’t be too warm under the suit and shoes that will cover your ankles.

Here at Coolmore bees we think it is essential to complete a beekeeping course if you intend to keep bees. After the course you are more than welcome to put your name down on our waiting list for a nuc of bees for the following year after your course (You can find this form on our “Bees for sale“ page).

Price for the day is €60. A €20 deposit will be asked of you before and the remaining €40 will be paid on the day (cash only, thank you).

From 12:00 till 5:30/6:00 pm.


This course is located on Coolmore farm, Carrigaline, Cork. You can find the location to the entrance to the farm through google maps by typing in “Coolmore bees“. We hold the course in our new Honey House which was recently converted from an old barn house.

This is a working farm so walking onto the land, outside of course dates, is prohibited.


The Honey House

Where you will enjoy a cup of tea and theory lesson on basic beekeeping.


May 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th

June 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th.

After you have booked your day please pay your €20 deposit via the beekeeping deposits section of the website, thank you. here is a link to direct to the page…