We are passionate about beekeeping

Our Annual Taster Day on 23rd July 2022 is now fully subscribed. Click here for more details and the booking form; you can still book but will be placed on a reserve list.


Oxfordshire Beekeepers’ Association (OBKA) is a registered charity that has supported beekeepers across Oxfordshire for over one hundred years. We provide training courses at our apiary in Woodstock, support a range of social media channels to enable our members to share their experiences of beekeeping, and organise talks at various locations across the county (and via Zoom) during the winter period. We have a diverse and friendly membership, from beginners through to experienced beekeepers running up to fifty hives. Where practicable, we support education projects in schools and in the community and we run one or two demonstration events for the public every summer. 

We welcome new members, whether you just want to know a bit more about bees and beekeeping, through to experienced beekeepers moving to the area.

Follow OBKA's beekeeping adventures on 'Our Beekeeping Year - 2022' page including a video tour of our training apiary and bee garden.


Why consider joining
Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association

Enjoy a range of benefits:


There are many benefits of being a member of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association, including indirect membership of the British Beekeepers Association, Bee Disease Insurance for your hives and access to the knowledge and experience from OBKA's members.  Click here to find out more about membership.

We offer a range of training opportunities:


Our annual beginners course starts in February with a talk “What is Beekeeping”. This is followed by a series of practical sessions from May to September where you will be taken through the full cycle of bee behaviour.  For more information  visit the Learning about Beekeeping pages.

We also arrange annual Taster Days; see here for more details.

On this Website: Our website has grown over the years. We have a page that takes you through our year in the Training apiary and an Activities page so that you can see what the Association does in Oxfordshire. There is information about the Asian Hornet and Swarms.  Our Members Only area has a Classifieds section where members can buy and sell equipment and advertise potential apiary sites, watch videos of Zoom talks, look for books in the the OBKA library (we have over 200 books that members can borrow) and a Q&A section where members can post their beekeeping questions.