ericthebee: We have an open day on the 12th of August at our teaching apiary in Woking surrey.http://www.blackhorseapiaries.org.uk/
The day is attended by beginners from our spring and summer courses and plenty of members from local associations. All are welcome.
There is also an article on the apiary in the January eddition of the American bee journal (skep making)
You can PM me for more details and you might want to try the BBKA site
and the forums there.
Hope this helps
P.S I do happen to rather like OZ and have visited a number of times so be careful you might find a POM on your doorstep.
At LEAST I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT A GOOD CRICKET AND RUGBY TEAM THOUGH