Events for your Diary

Throughout the year, Preston and District Beekeepers Association run a programme of lectures, demonstrations and social events. You are most welcome to come along and meet us.

Our meetings aim to cater for all standards of beekeeper from beginner to advanced.

Some of the practical demonstrations are held at the Joe Birkby teaching apiary, where you may be given the opportunity to handle bees.

We also attend local shows, providing information about beekeeping and demonstrating the variety of products that can be made using the contents of a hive.

We often take an observation hive so that you can watch the queen laying eggs and see all her workers up close, safely behind glass.

For more information, see the list below or contact us using the form on the Contacts page.

Summer 2023 Preston & District Beekeepers will be at the following shows. We’d love you to come and say hello!

Myerscough – Sunday 11th June

Euxton Gala – Saturday 1st July

Fylde Vintage Steam Fair – Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd July

Goosnargh & Longridge Agricultural Show Saturday 8th July.

Chorley Flower Show – 28th, 29th & 30th July

Garstang Agricultural Show – Saturday 5th August

Chipping Show  – Saturday 26th August

January 2023:

PBKA Mid Winter Social Event

Please join us for our PBKA Mid-Winter Meal on Saturday 6th January 2024 at Longton VM – Bowling Club, Victory Lane, (off school lane) Longton PR4 5DL. Time:  12 til 3pm.

Cost:  £5 per person (partners welcome) Please confirm your attendance by making payment by BACS to the club bank account.

Account Name: Lancashire & North West Beekeepers Association Preston Branch
Sort Code: 20-69-85 Account Number: 30429783 Ref Xmas 23

Lunch will be a hot buffet with tea/coffee. Please let us know beforehand if you have any dietary requirements. The bar will be open – but drinks are not included in the price!


Wednesday 21st February

CPR training and the use of a defibrillator. Delivered by Chorley’s Angels

7pm to 9pm

St Christopher’s Church Hall, Preston PR2 1QS


Saturday 2nd March

Spring Convention at Archbishop Temple C of E School Preston PR2 8RA

Lectures by Trisha Marlow on Bees Abroad and Forage and Plants. Dave Heaton demonstrating making hornet traps and a hornet update and the Branch AGM, includes lunch and refreshments.

More details soon with price and how to purchase tickets


Wednesday 20th March via Zoom

Double Brood Chamber working by Dan Basterfield

7.30pm to 9pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 865 5836 5272

Passcode: 459797

Since the 1980’s, Dan has been running colonies on double brood chambers, having realised early in his beekeeping career that the traditional single deep box offers too little brood space for colonies. Whilst this is common practice in much of the world, in the UK it is viewed with suspicion. Few realise how compressed colonies are in a single National brood box, resulting in excessive swarming. Instead, add more brood space and work with the bees rather than against them. He will discuss general management, swarm control, wintering, and the transition to double brood from a single brood or brood and a half.


Talk: Wednesday 17th April 

7pm to 9pm

at The Intact Centre, 49 Whitby Ave, Ingol, Preston PR2 3YP

Managing Colony Numbers  Martin Smith President of L&NWBKA

Martin is interested in the fact that a lot of beekeepers either end up with less colonies than they would like or struggle to keep their numbers under control, with colonies increasing each year resulting in more than they can handle or wanted in the first place.  This talk will explain how the beekeeper can take control over the number of colonies they have, rather than the bees dictating as often seems to be the case.


Saturday 18th May

Practical session Making a Demaree and Pagen Swarm control at Joe Birkby Teaching Apiary 1pm to 3pm


Saturday 22nd June

Queen capture and introduction devices, Marking and clipping queens Practical session  12.30pm to 3pm including a buffet social, auction and raffle at Joe Birkby Teaching Apiary.


Saturday 21st July

Practical session 1pm to 3pm TBC at Joe Birkby Teaching Apiary.


Wednesday 21st August TBC Intact Centre TBC 7pm to 9pm


Honey Show at Samlesbury Memorial hall


Talk: Wednesday 16th October TBC Intact centre 7pm to 9pm


Preston & District Beekeepers Association 

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 20th November 7pm to 9pm Intact centre

December 2023