Welcome to ABKA

Roberts Park event

Judging the honey show

Honey show judging

Roberts Park event


Members of the Airedale Beekeepers Association have been looking after honeybees in the Aire Valley since 1908.  Our area spans the Aire Valley northwards from Bingley and Baildon to Skipton and Airedale.  We have an Association apiary for demonstration and training purposes and also maintain the Observation Hive which is a very popular exhibit at Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley.

Our aims are to promote the value of bees and other pollinators in the environment and to encourage people to take up beekeeping.  We run a course for new beekeepers each year 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.

If you are interested in taking up this fascinating and worthwhile hobby, see our Learn with Us page or contact us.


In the summer we are busy looking after our bees.  During the winter, when the bees are tucked up in their hives, we organise socials and training events.

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