Beginner's Course 2020


Our beginner's course offers an excellent gateway to the knowledge and practical experience you need to get started in beekeeping. It is held over two days and includes lectures and practical sessions at the Association's training apiary.

Click here for more information about the 2020 Beginner's Course.

Winter Program 2019-2020

RBKA have visiting speakers that deliver interesting talks on various aspects of beekeeping through the winter months. Previous topics have included wax modelling and candle making, bee diseases, early spring management, the British Bee Breeding Programme, mead and wine making, preparing honey and other bee products for show and sale, pollination under glass in a 2½ acre greenhouse and more.


There is usually a honey show at the beginning of our winter programme with various categories including a novice class and a honey cake category.

See below for the dates and topics for the RBKA Winter Programme 2019 - 2020

From February 2020 onwards, meetings are being held at the Brentwood Hotel, 114 Moorgate Road, Rotherham S60 2TY, at 7.30pm 

RBKA Events


16th October 2019

Annual General Meeting


20th November 2019         

Looking towards winter; colony strength, feeding, varroa treatment etc.


15th January 2020                   

Guest speaker: Sarah Simpson, Biomedical Scientist in Immunology, Northern General Hospital - Allergy for Beekeepers

Changing hive floor, clipping and marking queen, removing honey, use of clearer boards


19th February 2020                

Guest speaker: Dhonn Atkinson, Regional Bee Inspector

Bee diseases


18th March 2020
Varroa treatment, creating a new colony and inspecting for disease - lead by Bronwen White - CANCELLED                     


15th April 2020                     

Talk: Alan Turton - Beekeeping in Poland.


Feeding, swarming and equipment - CANCELLED

Other Events

YBKA Spring Conference and Reunion 2020

Saturday 18th April 2020

YAS Pavillions complex. Tickets £25 including buffet lunch.

Conference programme and tickets available from the YBKA website here.

Pre-orders of Thorne Sale equipment for collection at Conference must be made by 5pm Thursday 16th April - see above link for details.

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