Essex Beekeepers’ Association (EBKA) aims to promote and further the craft of beekeeping.

Current Events

The EBKA runs events for its membership, upcoming ones are as follows :


Saturday 24 March EBKA AGM 2pm at Writtle College –  Speakers :

Chad Colby Blake on General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR)
Peter Tompkins, Deputy Master of the Wax Chandlers Company will speak about the Guilds of London and their relevance in the 20th Century.

Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture

Sunday 22 April Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture 2pm Lecture Theatre Writtle College – Speaker: Norman Carreck – Other speaker to be arranged

EBKA Bee Health day

Thursday, 21 Jun  –  Langham Community Centre, School Road, Langham, Colchester CO4 5PA 

Essex Honey Show 2018

Saturday September 1 at the Orsett Show

EBKA Conference

Saturday 3 November – Chelmsford City Racecourse

Local Honey for Sale

The members of the Essex Beekeepers association sell their own honey – see our Essex Honey for Sale page for details.


The EBKA currently has more than 800 members, some with many decades of practical beekeeping experience, while others are newcomers to the craft, bringing enthusiasm and dedication to their new-found hobby.

We are a friendly and active association of hobbyist beekeepers throughout Essex, sharing a common interest in:

  • Learning about and caring for bees
  • Producing high quality honeybeeinspectorslookinsidehiveatChenwill
  • Producing beeswax products
  • Encouraging more people to join us in our hobby

Membership of the Essex Beekeepers’ Association is through local groups, known as divisions, in: Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Dengie & Maldon, Epping Forest, Harlow, Romford, Southend and Saffron Walden. These local groups meet on a regular basis, to share knowlege and experiences, run beekeeping courses and social events.

Beekeeping is very rewarding, with plenty to learn from other beekeepers and even more from the bees themselves. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact your local group.

beesinthehandThe EBKA produces a monthly magazine called The Essex Beekeeper giving details of future events, as well as news & views around the Essex beekeeping community. To advertise in The Essex Beekeeper, contact Jean Smye at editor@ebka.org. Additional sources of information for new beekeepers include the British Beekeepers’ Assocation website, and their official journal Bee Craft.

Members also enjoy insurance cover on their bees against disease through the BDI scheme (the BBKA membership gives personal and product liability insurance); as well as access to the association library and help and assistance in all beekeeping pursuits.