Meetings and Events

Apiary Meetings
At the meetings groups of members examine the various hives under the guidance of experienced members. Everyone gets the chance to see what is going on in the colony, what is needed and to handle the bees, especially beginners. We do have a range of bee suits, veils etc that can be borrowed during the meetings, but if you have your own then please bring them.

Visitors must make sure that their suits and boots are clean and also bring clean washing-up or disposable gloves if they wish to handle bees. These measures are to prevent, or at least minimise, the spread of disease.
For security reasons the locations of non-divisional apiaries are not published. Directions to Divisional apiaries are given on the secure page. Contact Gerald for access to this.

The Brighton & Lewes Division of the SBKA cannot accept any responsibility for loss, injury or damage sustained by persons in consequence of their participation in activities arranged.


Busy entrance                  Examining                      colonies

Access to the location of the out apiaries is available via user name and password to members only. Contact gerald[at] 

Summer Meetings
Summer Meetings start at 2:00 pm.  Please bring a mug for tea and something to share to eat.
Occasionally dates and venues do change and will be updated.

Please Note: If the weather forecast for the outdoor event is bad, such as steady rain, then it will be cancelled. If weather is marginal any changes will be emailed beforehand so please check your emails before leaving. If still in doubt ring the number given.

Winter Meetings
These are at the Cliffe Church Hall (also known St Thomas’s Church Hall) in Lewes and open 7-0 pm for 7- 30pm start. Maps to winter venue.

Education and Training (more information under Training and Assessment)

For course dates – please see the Training and Assessment page.

Winter and Summer Meetings and Event Dates 2019

12-14th April
Harper Adams University, TF10 8NB: BBKA Spring Convention,
13th April
Hove, Mary: Setting up an apiary CANCELLED
27th April
Brinsbury College, Pulborough: WSBKA Annual Bee Market and Auction, 
28th April: 
Cooksbridge, Ian: Building supers and frames etc
11th May:
Barcombe, Heather: Swarm Control
18th May
Heathfield: SBKA Annual Bee Market 
19th May:
Newick, Heather: Queen rearing
1st June:
Hove, Mary: What do I see in my hive?
23rd June:
Grassroots, Amanda: Supering
6th July,
Hove, Mar:y TBA
21st July:
Grassroots, Amanda: Harvesting honey
1st September:
Grassroots, Amanda: Winter prep
8th September:
Newick, Heather: BBQ