The Association Apiary is situated near the village of East Haddon.
We encourage all our members to come to the apiary for the practical teaching sessions
which take place on Sunday mornings from 10.30 til noon, from May 12th to September
8th, including Bank Holiday weekends.
The open dates for the Apiary and how to find it are listed below.
If you have a sting allergy NBKA members will be unable to show you our beekeeping
techniques at the Association Apiary.
All visitors must come suitably dressed. This means wearing a long sleeved shirt
or top, a pair of sturdy trousers (NOT leggings!) and a pair of boots. Ideally footwear
should be wellingtons or similar. If you don’t possess wellies you will need a sturdy
pair of shoes and socks long enough to allow you to tuck your trouser bottoms into
them. A baseball cap is also a good idea. Avoid wearing perfumes and aftershave as
well as hair lacquer as these will stimulate an irate response from the bees.
If you don’t possess a bee suit and are visiting in order to find out whether beekeeping
is right for you we will lend you a smock with bee veil. Please bring a pair of clean
(preferably new) “marigold” style gloves. Our intention is to keep you free of stings
but we cannot guarantee that you won’t encounter a cross bee, so the more covered
up you are, the better.
On the third Sunday of each month between May and August we hold a “welcome” session,
for those who have never been near a bee hive but are keen to know more and explore
whether they would like to take up beekeeping. We will show you the very basics of
preparing to open a hive and explain what we are going to do and why. You will need
to contact either the Apiary Team Leader or Training Officer for details via the
When visiting the apiary please be aware that parking will be an issue. The Parish
Council insist that we do not park on the road, for road safety reasons. You need
to pull your car right off onto the verge, at 90 degrees to the road.
NB: There are no toilet facilities at the apiary.
For novices who have completed the Beginners’ Course we run a programme of practical
sessions designed to underpin the theory sessions that were taught during the course.
Come to the apiary, wearing a clean bee suit and bringing a new pair of “marigolds”
or similar and you will be supported in the process of doing routine hive inspections.
It is our aim to prepare all members to go on to take the BBKA Basic Assessment.
(To qualify for this you will need to have kept your own bees for at least 12 months.)
It is our intention to improve the techniques of all our members, and for intermediate
level beekeepers who have already taken the Basic Assessment there is a weekly opportunity
to learn more advanced technical aspects of beekeeping, to underpin learning pivotal
in the BBKA modular courses as well as to support those going on to take the more
practical route to improve skills via the General Husbandry course. Contact General
Husbandry via the link below.
APIARY TEAM LEADER
The apiary is on the right hand side of the road going from East Haddon to Ravensthorpe
about half a mile from East Haddon. Post Code: NN6 8BY Grid Reference: SP666 685
BeeBase Best Practice Guidelines are available from the National Bee Unit via the