Northants Bee Keepers Association

Northamptonshire Beekeepers' Association (NBKA) Registered Charity No. 295593


Northants Bee Keepers Association

Copyright © NBKA 2007-2018

Northants Bee Keepers Association

A member organisation representing beekeepers in the County of Northamptonshire


Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday in the month. Unless otherwise noted in the Programme of Activities, meetings are held at the Abbey Baptist Church Centre, Overslade Close, Hunsbury Hill, Northampton NN4 0RZ (OS Grid Ref. SP741579). See below for map.

The Abbey Centre (located immediately behind the Tesco Supermarket at the Mere Way Roundabout on the A45 Ring Road) is accessed via Clannel Road, the first left turn off Towcester Road in the direction of Milton Malsor.( see map below)

These regular monthly meetings also weekly meetings at the Association's apiary during the beekeeping season provide instruction and a hands on opportunity with an experienced beekeeper in attendance.

Programme of Activities

January 2018 - Saturday 13th at 2.30pm

Beekeeping with 4.9mm foundation.

Bob Poole, Seasonal Bee Inspector.


February 2018 - Saturday 10th at 2.30pm

An introduction to queen-rearing using the Demaree method.

David and Celia Rudland, East Surrey Bees.


March 2018 - Saturday 10th at 2.30pm


Candle making demonstration.

Jennifer Johnstone. NBKA Prizewinning candle maker.


April 2018 - Saturday 7th at 2.30pm

Collecting swarms.

Dave Bonner, Seasonal Bee Inspector for Leicestershire and Rutland.


May 2018 - Thursday 10th at 7.30pm

What’s the point of the BBKA?

Howard Pool, our BBKA link Trustee.


Apiary meetings at the Association Apiary, East Haddon

Members are encouraged to meet for a practical session on Sundays from May to September, including Bank Holiday weekends, from 10.30 - 12.00

Apiary Location Map and Directions

June 2018 - Saturday 9th at 2.30pm

What’s the future of Britain’s bees?

Professor Jeff Ollerton, University of Northampton.


July 2018 - Saturday 14th

Summer event. Details to follow.


August 2018- No Meeting


September 2018 - Saturday 8th at 2.30pm

Preparing products for shows.

Sue Carter and Bill Fisher, Chalfont BKA.


October 2018 - Saturday 20th - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Honey Show & Association Day.

BIBBA Bee Improvement Day.
Full details will follow nearer the event.


November 2018 - Saturday 10th at 2.30pm

The Cecil Tonsley Memorial Lecture.
The Role of pollen in the plant and in the nutrition of the bee colony -
Celia Davis.

December 2018 - Saturday 8th at 2.30pm

Christmas Meeting with presentation of awards.

Apiary Dates 2018

May 6, 13, 20, 27

June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

August 5, 12, 19, 26

September 2, 9
(9th is last of season)