Winter meetings are usually held at Hawstead Village Hall from October to April, excluding December, on the second Thursday of the month. Speakers in the past have included a national honey judge, our local area bee inspector, the creators of Zest Hives and skep-making demonstrators. Please see our calendar and the Suffolk Beekeepers’ Google Calendar.
This is held annually in the summer and involves a group of usually led by a bee inspector, visiting members’ apiaries in an area of West Suffolk – usually five or six of them – looking through their hives and discussing their apiaries, local conditions etc. This is always very sociable, car-sharing being essential, we enjoy a picnic lunch, brilliant sunshine and plenty of cake!
We always support this annual event at Ipswich Showground and encourage all our members to visit one of the most popular attractions: the bee and honey display tent!
WSBKA Honey Show
Our own show is part of the very popular Pakenham Water Mill Open Day, held in early September. This is a good opportunity to talk to beekeepers, view the honey exhibition and competition, displays of bees, honey and wax products, many of which are for sale. It always makes a wonderful finale to the beekeeping season.