OBKA Annual Taster Days

We are investigating whether we will be able to hold a Taster day this year. This page will be updated once we have decided.



Missed this year’s Beginners course ? Interested in learning about bees and beekeeping ? Thinking about joining our beginners course next year ? To answer any of these questions, we hold an annual Taster Day in August at our teaching apiary at the Marlborough School in Woodstock. You have the choice of a morning or afternoon session lasting approximately an hour and a half. Fully protected by a beesuit, you will be shown bees at work in a hive, and have the opportunity to take out a frame of bees for a close inspection. Afterwards, over refreshments, you will be able to ask our apiary managers any questions or concerns you have about keeping bees or simply what you can do to help bees generally.


There is a fee of £10 to cover our set up costs -payable on the day.


A form will be available here to reserve a place on the Taster Day 2020 once we have scheduled it; this is likely to be in Spring 2020.




Annual taster Day 2019


OBKA Taster Day 2019The Taster day this year was again heavily oversubscribed – we have to limit the number of people at each session or else there are too many people round each hive that we open and people don’t all get a chance to actually handle the bees.

Thus 24 people, all completely new to beekeeping, joined us on Saturday 17th August split into morning and afternoon groups. The sessions were led by Jonathan Clark and David Lord. The weather was fine and the bees were calm. Jonathan and David demonstrated basic beekeeping techniques to the attendees. Each session was concluded by Q&A, honey tasting (of course!) and tea and biscuits.








We look  forward to seeing many of the Taster Day 2019 attendees on our beginners’ course 2020. Thanks to Jonathan and David for leading this annual event.


Peter Chaunt & Richard Stansfield