Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association

   2023 Programme 

JANUARY 28 ANNUAL DINNER (Yelfs Hotel, Ryde) 18:30
FEBRUARY  25 SEMINAR (Arreton Community Hall) 09:30–15:00. £10 entry fee.Open to non-members
MARCH 14 WINTER CHAT (Woodman’s Arms, Wootton) 18:30 – 20:00
APRIL 15 ANNUAL AUCTION (Quarr Apiary) Setting up: 9:00, viewing: 12:00 Auction: 13:00
APRIL 29 BEE HEALTH DAY (Arreton Community Hall) workshop by Bee Inspector, 09:00 – 17:00
MAY 6 TA APIARY MEETING (Quarr Teaching Apiary) 14:00 – 16:00. Cancelled due to Coronation
MAY 20 MEMBERS APIARY VISIT (Guy Mattinson’s) Whitwell, 14:00 – 16:00. Contact Guy on 07753 614 794. Booking required.
JUNE 3 TA APIARY MEETING (Quarr Teaching Apiary) 14:00 – 16:00




MEMBERS APIARY VISIT (Brian Holden’s apiary located at PO30 4LA). 14:00 – 16:00. Booking is NOT required. Just turn up!

Training session for new beekeepers at Quarr training apiary; starts from 10:00. 

JULY 01 TA APIARY MEETING (Quarr Teaching Apiary); from 10:00.
JULY 15 - new date: JULY 22

CANCELLED due to weather. 

MEMBERS APIARY VISIT (Helen Newbery’s) Seaview. 14:00 – 16:00. Contact Helen on 07741 796 209. Booking required.


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TA APIARY MEETING (Quarr Teaching Apiary) from 10:00. 
AUGUST 26 MEMBERS' APIARY VISIT (Adriana’s) Wootton. 10:00 – 12:00. Contact Adriana on 07479 113119, Booking required.
SEPTEMBER 2  IWBKA BBQ (Mandy Benton’s) Newchurch. From 15:00. BYO (Bring your own food/drinks and even BBQ if wished). Please note that it's no longer on the 9, but September 2. 
OCTOBER 20 CANCELLED. HONEY SHOW SET UP ONLY (Cowes Community Club, Park Road, Cowes. PO31 7NP) Set up 17:00 to 20:00. Entries taken from 18:30
OCTOBER 21 CANCELLED. HONEY SHOW (Cowes Community Club, Park Road, Cowes, PO31 7NP. Open Judging starts 10:00 and show opens to the public between 14:00 and 16:45.
NOVEMBER 6 WINTER CHAT (Venue Woodmans Arms) 18:30 – 20:00
NOVEMBER 25 AGM (Arreton Community Hall) 13:30 for 14:00 start.
DECEMBER  TBC                 WINTER CHAT (Venue TBC) 18:30 – 20:00

Please Note:

  • IWBKA Teaching Apiary at Quarr Abbey.  The bee manipulations held during the year at the Teaching Apiary will be dependent on the weather and the current situation of the bee colonies at the time of the apiary meeting.  During the year it is anticipated the subjects covered will include: shook swarming, splitting colonies, queen marking and bee health monitoring.  The subjects of each meeting will be publicised in the IWBKA website and IWBKA Facebook page (, as well as in the periodical news updates.

  • Members' Apiary Visits. In order to assist the Beekeepers hosting private apiary meetings to ease any parking issues please notify them that you will be attending.  Details will be in the IWBKA website and IWBKA Facebook page, as well as in the monthly news updates.

  • Allergies.  If you need to carry an EpiPen, please always bring it with you to apiary meetings and always inform the beekeeper in charge.

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