UBKA organises and runs some major events throughout the year. The biggest event is the annual Conference held at Greenmount College, Antrim in February.
The conference hosts a number of lectures given by highly experienced international and local beekeepers and bee scientists. The lectures follow a central theme and combine science and practical beekeeping subjects. There are also workshops to give delegates hands-on experience on practical projects for experienced and beginner beekeepers. A vibrant trade exhibition allows delegates to see a wide range of beekeeping equipment.
Bee Health Workshops
Bee pests and diseases education is an important part of beekeeping. UBKA runs bee health workshops around Northern Ireland usually in the Spring to help beekeepers recognise the signs and symptoms of these ailments and how best to treat them. These are free to members and one of our member's services.
UBKA Honey Show
UBKA runs an annual Honey Show in early October and combines it with the Annual General Meeting. Honey in all different guises is presented in as fine a way as possible for the judges to decide who has produced the best.
Ulster Beekeepers Association has a stand at the Annual Balmoral show and gives an opportunity for beekeepers to meet the public, chat and answer questions. An observation hive is on display which is a great attraction, especially for children. There is a chance to sample honey of different origins and taste the differences. People who wish to become involved can give their contact details for the beekeeping courses.
UBKA holds an annual conference usually in Mid Feb in Greenmount College, Tirgracy Road, Antrim, BT41 1AA. This commences on Friday afternoon and continues through to Saturday afternoon. It comprises lectures, workshops and a trade exhibition showing all the latest beekeeping equipment.
The lectures are from renowned bee scientists and beekeepers coming from abroad, UK and Ireland and they deliver a combination of science and practical beekeeping. In recent years we have had several American speakers including Prof Tom Seeley from Cornell University widely regarded as the most prestigious bee scientist in the world. The workshops offer participants the chance to try or improve practical skills such as microscopy, mead making or encaustic art.
The bee traders bring a wide range of equipment and bee-related materials for all beginner and experienced beekeepers to peruse and buy. A very social occasion not to be missed.