Meetings and Events

Winter Meetings

Venue: Zoom on-line until further notice
A link for the meetings will be sent to you about 24 hours before the meeting..
7.15pm for 7.30pm until 9.00pm

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 usually 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.

IMPORTANT. We will be conducting limited out-apiary meetings on 17th April and 2nd May. We prioritise education for new beekeepers, so we are opening the meetings to new beekeepers only, and limit numbers to six or below these start at 1:30 pm. If you want to attend, please book your slot with Graham Bubloz, (07758 866278), who will let you know if there are any places remaining bearing in mind the Governments Covid-19 Road Map which limits the number of people meeting.

15th May, Barcombe; Tony, Swarm Control & collection & hiving swarms
15th May, Piddinghoe; Ian, Swarm Control & collection & hiving swarms
29th May, Piddinghoe; Ian, Feeding for June gap (if needed)
29th May, Hove; Jude, Feeding for June gap (if needed)
12th June, Ansty; Richard Markwick. Deeks Lane, just of the round-about at Ansty. Look out for the honey-for-sale sign. RH17 5AS. CLEAN BOOTS, SUIT AND GLOVES. Bring a mug for a cuppa afterwards. Limited numbers, contact Hilary.
27th June, Hove; Judith, Preparing for harvest.
3rd July, Piddinghoe; Ian, Check for disease and varroa counting
11th July, Wivelsfield Wildlife Group.
18th July, Grassroots; Jude, Honey management and winter preparation
12th September, Piddinghoe; Ian, How to make the hive ready for winter with Oxalic Acid demonstration.
17-19th September, Bentley Wood Fair.

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.

Education and Training (more information under Training and Assessment)

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