Welcome to Durham Beekeepers Association

Welcome to the Durham Beekeepers UK website. We’re a friendly bunch of honey bee enthusiasts who meet at 6.45pm on the last Wednesday of almost every month. We meet at Durham County Hall in Durham City in Committee Room 2 for bee-related conversation and information.

CORONAVIRUS and future meetings, courses & Honeyland film showing

(updated on 15/6/2020)

All monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This include the June barbecue.

Honeyland film showing at the Gala is cancelled. Tickets can be retained and re-used when the crisis is over. Refunds will be given if required.

Beginners & intermediate courses were cancelled as Houghall College had closed due to Covid-19. The main college has just reopened but they are severely  limiting numbers of pupils. The small animal centre where we run the beginner’s course is still closed. We are in regular contact with Houghall and are looking at what we can do once restrictions are eased but at present a class of 16 people is still not possible.

I will try and keep this page updated regularly. We are also posting updates on Facebook & by email.

Each month a different speaker comes to the meeting to share information and expertise, and there is always an opportunity to drop in to the Garden House Inn across the road at the end of the evening. Beginners are welcome – you don’t even have to have your own bees yet, just come along and find out more, although you will have to join the Association if you want to keep coming to the meetings. And the courses run by the Association are excellent – whether you want to start from scratch as a beginner, or you are ready to take the next steps into Intermediate Beekeeping. See the ‘About’ section for more details.

It costs £25 to join the Association. We are running a Beginners’ Course this year, beginning in late April – please see the Apiary page for more details. It will be necessary to join the Association in order to attend the Beginners’ Course.  An Intermediate Course will also be running – please see the Apiary page for more details.  Please note that our beginners course is now full.