Member Events

Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association put on a programme of events for members throughout the year. Non-members are also welcome to come along.

Unless noted otherwise, events are held at the Hives and Honey Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and commence with refreshments at 7pm prior to the talk/event commencing at 7.30pm.

Directions to get to the Hives and Honey Pavilion are at the bottom of the page.

Events for 2019

Wednesday 20th November: The BBKA and What it Stands For

An evening with our guest speaker Margaret Murdin NDB, past president of the BBKA.

Tuesday 10th December: Christmas Party and Beekeepers Question Time

A fun and informative Q&A evening with mulled wine and festive nibbles.

Events for 2020

Wednesday 22nd January: The Scottish Bee Company – Profits With Purpose

The co-founder Suzie Millar established her enterprise in 2017 with her partner Iain and now have 1500 colonies all over Scotland. Suzie will explain her business model.

Wednesday 19th February: The Biology of the Asian Hornet with a UK Update

Kirsty Stainton, of Fera Science, works closely with the National Bee Unit and will give the talk.

Wednesday 11th March: Sustainable Beekeeping and Doing Away With Convention

A talk by our member Vas Koritsas, with question and answers afterwards.

Wednesday 15th April: The Full Picture of Swarming

Another talk by eminent Master Beekeeper, Mr Gerry Collins. The talk will be in four parts, which will take two hours in total. Please note that this talk will start earlier than usual at 6.30pm, with refreshments from 6pm.

Thursday 14th May: Visit to National Bee Unit

An afternoon visit to the National Bee Unit at Sand Hutton, York, which will include visiting one of their apiaries. Limited places, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. For how to book, members should refer to the details circulated via the HRBKA members email list.

Saturday 16th May: Apiary Visit

A visit to the apiary of HRBKA member Joe Dod, where he will demonstrate his system of swarm management and varroa monitoring.

Wednesday 13th May: The Idle Beekeeper

A talk by guest speaker Bill Anderson. Bill uses insulated Warre Hives containing frames without foundation or queen excluders on a rooftop in West London, and attends to them only twice a year!

Wednesday 17th June: Allergic Reactions to Bee Stings

A talk by Dr Sinisa Savic of the Leeds Allergy Centre.

Saturday 25th July: HRBKA Summer BBQ

HRBKA’s annual summer BBQ. Arrive from 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Pre-booking is essential – details will be circulated closer to the time.

Wednesday 22nd July: What the Books Don’t Tell You About Beekeeping

A talk by our guest speaker Tony Jefferson.

Thursday 30th July: An Insight Into Leading Edge Scientific Work of Particularly Biological Control of Honeybee Pathogens

An afternoon visit, for those members with a science interest, to the laboratory of APIS, Applied Insect Science at Wath, Ripon. Strictly limited places, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. For how to book, members should refer to the details circulated via the HRBKA members email list.

Wednesday 12th August: Productive Food Production – a Pollinator’s Friend or Worst Enemy?

We are pleased to have a talk from guest speaker Dr Julian Little, Head of Communications & Government Affairs UK, Bayer Crop Science Division, Cambridge.

Wednesday 23rd September: What is the Honey Bee Health Certificate?

A talk by our member, David Thompson, who was one of the first to receive this certificate, in the first year of it being awarded by the BBKA, and probably the only HRBKA member to have taken the examination up to now.

Tuesday 13th October: Annual General Meeting

The HRBKA Annual General Meeting – come and have your say on how the Association is run.

Wednesday 25th November: Flying With Bees

The well known airline pilot, Keith Bartlem will give his talk.

Wednesday 9th December: Christmas Party and Beekeepers Question Time

A fun and informative question and answer evening, with mulled wine and festive nibbles.

Directions to the Hives and Honey Pavilion

From Hookstone Drive turn onto Hookstone Wood Road (HG2 8PN).

Proceed down a straight section of road with houses on the left and woodland on the right until you come to a junction, where you should follow the road around to the right. After about 100m the Squash Club building is on the left and the road crosses a more open area.

Keep on the road, passing a parking area on the right and a road to a main vehicle gate to the showground on the left. There is now a new gate and fence across this area – go through it and head for the small double gate called the ‘Education’ gate in the perimeter fence, 60m beyond the gatehouse.

This opens onto a track leading to the Hives and Honey Pavilion. Car parking is generally on the rough ground outside this gate, with limited space in front of the pavilion for people with mobility problems and those bringing equipment.

You can download a printable version of the map and directions.