Workshops & courses

We offer small group tutorials during Spring and Summer on beekeeping basics, ranging from how to light a smoker (and keep it lit) to how to perform a biosecurity inspections. All workshops are held at Ballarat Beekeeping Supplies in Central Ballarat and may include hive openings where relevant. Bookings may be made through Trybookings.


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January 2019

Beginning in bees & how to light a smoker

January 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$55

Beginner basic's are covered in the 3 hour Workshop with local Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat beekeepers Amanda Collins and Scott Denno. Learn the fundamentals and get some hands on practice at lighting a smoker. If time and weather conditions permit, suit up and experience the antics of one of our on-site backyard hives. No experience necessary. Specialising in small group tuition. Bookings Essential

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February 2019

How to assemble your Flow Hive

February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$25

Thinking of buying a Flow Hive but unsure what is involved in setting up? Wondering how the Flow Hive is assembled to work? Then come along and learn how the Flow Hive is assembled and how it works. $25 Bookings Essential

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The Secret Life of Bees – Open Hive Experience

February 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Enter the secret life of honeybees with local beekeepers Amanda Collins and Scott Denno, founders of Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat as they guide you through an intimate exploration inside a live honeybee hive. See, hear and smell the aromas of the hive at work as Amanda and Scott talk you through the fascinating machinations of the colony. This is a unique event has been created for Made of Ballarat. Cost: $50 per person. Limit: 6 participants Bookings Essential Please wear long…

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March 2019

How to extract honey & use an extractor

March 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$25

This two hour workshop will provide a hands on experience of assessing when frames are ready for raw extraction, uncapping frames with a uncapping knife, scratcher and roller, extracting honey using manual extractor and straining using double sieve. Will also include discussion on how to store empty honey supers once honey extracted. Bookings Essential

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The Secret Life of Bees – Open Hive Experience

March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Enter the secret life of honeybees with local beekeepers Amanda Collins and Scott Denno, founders of Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat as they guide you through an intimate exploration inside a live honeybee hive. See, hear and smell the aromas of the hive at work as Amanda and Scott talk you through the fascinating machinations of the colony. This is a unique event has been created for Made of Ballarat. Cost: $50 per person. Limit: 6 participants Bookings Essential Please wear long…

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April 2019

How to perform a biosecurity inspection & pack down for winter

April 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Around ANZAC Day is the perfect time to conduct one of your biosecurity inspections(as per the Biosecurity Code of Practice). We will run you through how to conduct an inspection, pests and diseases to look out for and then how to prepare your hive for the Winter ahead. Packing down is an important part of preparing your bees for the cold weather. Join us for two hours of hands on small group learning. This is a FREE event. Bookings Essential

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Honey Tasting and Appreciation

April 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$42

Join us for a for a session on honey tasting and appreciation. You will learn how to taste honey to maximise your enjoyment focusing on texture and sensation, colour and flavour using the honey aroma and tasting wheel. We will taste and discuss up to eight different honey varieties during the session including some that are considered rare and unusual. Includes a 350g jar of your favourite honey from one of our on-tap honey tanks. Bookings Essential

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May 2019

How to assemble supers & assemble, wire and embed frames

May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Backyard Beekeeping Supplies, 306 Errard Street South
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$25

Join us for this two our session and learn how to assemble, wire and wax embed frames. Become familiar with the tools and hardware needed to put together your frames and supers ready for spring. Take home one a self assembled full depth frame for your hive. Bookings Essential

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