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 :

Essex Beekeepers’ Association 2017 Annual Conference

‘Future Challenges and Opportunities’

Hosted By Colchester Division

Saturday, 21st October,  9:30am – 4:30pm

The Holiday Inn, Abbots Lane, Eight Ash Green, Colchester, CO6 3QL

Ticket Price £25, includes lunch.

Tickets to be purchased before 16th October.

Send cheques with your contact details to The Treasurer, Crabtrees, Paynes Lane, Little Bromley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 2PJ (Cheques payable to ‘Essex Beekeepers’ Association Colchester Division’.) or contact Barbara Sharp on conference@ebka.org for bank transfer details

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Occasionally we get reviews on events

  • May Day 2017: Epping Forest Beekeepers welcome Stuart Anderson, inventor of the Flow Hive to Essex

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.