Welcome to Airedale Beekeepers Association

Members of the Airedale Beekeepers Association have been looking after bees in the Aire Valley since 1908.  Our Association area spans the Aire Valley northwards from Bingley and Baildon to Skipton and Airedale.  We maintain an Association apiary in Keighley for demonstration and training purposes.

We have around 90 established members and 20 beginners.

Each year we arrange training for beginner beekeepers. Please view our beginner page for more information.  We help and encourage our trainees to get started with beekeeping and, through their ongoing membership of ABKA, can continue to provide expert advice and support as long as required.

Our aim is to encourage people to take up beekeeping, train with us and provide established beekeepers with support to become more proficient, by keeping up with the latest techniques.  We also encourage all our members to consider taking the BBKA’s Basic Assessment.

Summers tend to be spent looking after our bees.  During the winter, when the bees are tucked up in their hives, we organise member events such as meetings and lectures.

We have an excellent relationship with the National Trust at East Riddlesden Hall, where we also maintain our Association Apiary.

If you have ever considered keeping bees but are a little unsure, we can arrange a ‘taster’ session, where you can get a feel for handling live bees in a safe environment, to help you decide whether beekeeping might be for you.

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the wonderful and absorbing world of the honey bee!