North of England Beekeepers' Convention

2016 North of England Beekeepers' Convention: Better Beekeeping

Saturday April 16, 2016 at the Beacon, Newcastle upon Tyne

It's that time of year again....

Spring is in the air, the bees are foraging, and once again we’re determined to become better beekeepers. This year, help is at hand from all our speakers. They are dedicated beekeepers, with many years of hands-on practice and they have a wide range of specialist interests. They will inspire you and give practical help, no matter how experienced you may be. 

What people said after last years' event:

"A great day & great event...This was my first occasion at a beekeepers convention. It was stimulating, all attendees were friendly and the organisation was excellent – repeat for 2016 please!!...The trade section was exceptional this year...Very interesting, thank you....Enjoyable day out.....A wonderful informative day...A very enjoyable day. Well worth attending....An excellent day. Brilliant organisation by a group of wonderful people....Amazing day! Thoroughly enjoyed photography talk in the afternoon. Learned loads. Thank you!!...Thoroughly enjoyed the lectures. Informative, interesting & well pitched"

Announcing our 2016 Speakers:
  • Prof Keith Delaplane

    PROF KEITH DELAPLANE “Thinking superorganismally can make us better beekeepers.”
    Writer, and Head of the honey bee programme at the University of Georgia USA. The density of wild honeybee colonies offers many clues to ways we can improve our beekeeping and productivity.

  • Jilly Halliday and Nikki Black

    “The Rise and Rise of Broomley Bees.”
    The irrepressible leaders of a team that aims to excite children’s interest in bees. Their project for a primary school has mushroomed and spread to other schools and the local community.

  • Gareth John

    “Treatment-free Beekeeping.”
    A Trustee of the Natural Beekeeping Trust, Gareth is an exponent of natural beekeeping to promote healthy and vigorous colonies with minimal intervention and without varroa treatment.

  • Margaret Murdin

    “How To Be A Proficient Beekeeper.”
    Vice Chair of the Trustees of the BBKA and teacher of beekeepers of all standards. If we want better bees we need time, commitment planning and patience - but it will pay off in the end.

How to buy tickets
The brochure and application form for the 2016 convention are available via the Current Convention link

To be sent  a paper copy or to be added to our mailing list, please call Les Cain on 07760 440800 or email

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