Meetings, Courses & Events

ONBG meetings and related events


March 20th – Straw skep making with Chris Park – hands-on course organised by Bees for Development at Ross-on-Wye

Feb 3rd – Making money from beeswax – online course by Bees for Development


August 25th-27th – Learning from the Bees 2020 – natural beekeeping conference, Devon. Cancelled due to Covid-19.

July 19th – ONBG meeting, Oxford

May 24th – seminar on treatment-free varroa management run by BIBBA. £9. Further details: cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak


various dates – Oxford City / Wytham Woods – solitary bee nesting box and wildflower walks, various weekends throughout the year – led by Oxford Plan Bee

October 25th – Skep making demonstration by Chris Park, National Honey Show, Sandown Park Racecourse

Sept 14th – ONBG visit to Swindon varroa-resistant honeybee breeding project

August 31 – September 1 – Learning from the Bees Conference, organised by the Natural Beekeeping Trust, Berlin, Germany (ONBG notes from previous conference)

August 29-30 – Zeidlerei workshop – tree beekeeping – Berlin, Germany

August 10th – ONBG meeting, near Burford

July 28th – Hackle & floor making for skeps. Bees for Develpment, Ross on Wye

July 7th – Skep-beekeeping, Bees for Development, location / date To Be Confirmed, probably Forest of Dean

July 20th – ONBG meeting, Long Crendon, near Thame

June 15th – ONBG meeting, Headington – TBHs, Freedom Hive and an unexpected swarm

June 15th – Skep making, Bees for Development, Ross on Wye.

June 9th – Skep-beekeeping, Acorn Education, Watchfield, Oxon – email Chris Park for info

May/June – TBA ONBG meeting

April 12th – Skep making with Chris Park at the BBKA Spring Convention, Shropshire

April 6th, Saturday 11AM – ONBG meeting, Long Hanborough

March 9th, Saturday 11:30AM – ONBG meeting, Oxford


December 1st, Saturday – ONBG meeting, Oxford – insulation and overwintering

September 22nd, Saturday 2PM – ONBG meeting, Burford – hive hacks and natural selection

August 18th, Saturday 2:30PM – ONBG meeting, Headington – TBHs, wasps and insulation

May 20th, Sunday – ONBG meeting, a farm near Boars Hill – TBHs, optimum inspection frequency, hornets

April 21st, Saturday – ONBG meeting, Summertown – swarms, and learning from mistakes

March 10th, Saturday – ONBG meeting, Marsh Harrier pub – winter survival, immediate tasks, plans for the year, planning for the imminent swarm season


Various dates– Gareth John’s Natural Beekeeping Courses, Burford, Oxfordshire

November 24th, Friday –  OBKA talk on Bee-Flower interaction, 7:30PM, Village Hall, Cumnor

November 16th, Thursday, 7PM: ONBG meeting, Oxford pub The Victoria Arms, OX3 0PZ – end of year get together and general chat

September 9th, Saturday – ONBG meeting, north Oxfordshire, viewing feral colonies and discussing variations in colonies’ behaviour

July 22nd, Forest of Dean – skep making course with Chris Park

July 15th, Saturday – ONBG meeting at rooftop apiary with foundationless framed hives in central Oxford

June 24th, Ross-on-Wye – skep making course with Chris Park

June 10th, Saturday – ONBG presence at an RSA community building event, Oxford Town Hall

June 10th, Saturday –  OBKA / Northants BKA Bee Health day – awaiting further information

May 13th, Saturday – ONBG meeting and networking with Wye Valley natural beekeepers, Burford

April 1st-2nd – Gareth John’s Natural Beekeeping Course, Burford, Oxfordshire

April1st, Saturday – ONBG meeting and feral nest cut-out, South Leigh

March 12th, Sunday – ONBG meeting for beginners, Marsh Harrier pub, Oxford

February 24th, Friday – OBKA talk on Bee Genetics, 7:30PM, Village Hall, Cumnor

January 27th, Friday –  OBKA talk on Allergies, 7:30PM, Village Hall, Eynsham


Various dates– Gareth John’s Natural Beekeeping Courses, Burford, Oxfordshire

December 7th, Wednesday –  Talk on pollen biology and its use in forensics by Dr Michael Keith-Lucas (£1 entrance fee), 7:45PM, St Mary’s Church, Kirtlington

November 29th, Tuesday – ONBG meeting and quiz, Victoria Arms, Old Marston

November 5th – Skep making course at South Leigh by Michael Townsend. Contact Mo Leen at OBKA for details

October 8-9 – Bees for Development Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend, Glos. GL17 9PA

September 17-18th – “Listen to the bees” natural beekeeping course by John Haverson, Over Wallop, Hampshire – for further info contact

September 11th, Sunday – Skep making day course at Acorn Education, near Swindon

September 10th – ONBG meeting & apiary visit, Steeple Aston, North Oxfordshire

August 26-28 – Sun Hive Weekend Workshop, Hawkwood College, Stroud, Glos.

August 13th – ONBG visit to see Zeidler tree hive at Pertwood Farm, Wiltshire

July 30th, Saturday – ONBG meeting & apiary visit, Burford, West Oxfordshire

July 16-17th – Intro to Natural Beekeeping course at BeeTheChange in Bristol

June 25th, Saturday – ONBG visit to Rosybee plant nursery, South Oxfordshire

June 18th, Saturday – ONBG stand at West Oxford Bee Festival, St Frideswide, Oxford

June 4th, Saturday – Cirencester Natural Beekeepers, Gloucestershire

May 15th, Sunday – ONBG meeting & apiary visit, Fringford, North Oxfordshire

May 15th, Sunday – Skep making day course at Acorn Education, near Swindon

May 7th, Saturday – ONBG at 2nd Oxford Bee Summit and Bee Fest, organised by FoE

April 23rd, Saturday – ONBG Warré hive building Workshop with Matthew Mercy and the Sylva Foundation , South Oxfordshire

April 17th, Sunday – Skep making day course at Acorn Education, near Swindon

April 2nd-3rd – Bees in Trees weekend  Chew Valley Natural Beekeepers, nr Bristol

March 19th, Saturday – ONBG meeting & apiary visit, Cumnor, South Oxfordshire

March 12-13th – 2 day course on Natural Beekeeping at BeeTheChange in Bristol

February 27th – Cirencester Natural Beekeepers meeting near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

February 16th, Tuesday  – ONBG meeting, Lamb and Flag pub, Oxford


December 12th – ONBG meeting, nr Burford – discussion on hive design

Sept 19th – ONBG meeting, Fringford, NE Oxon

Sept 12th – Skep making & skep beekeeping at Acorn Education

Sept 5th-6th – Natural beekeeping course with John Haverson at Over Wallop, Hampshire

Sept 5th-6th  – Natural beekeeping course with Gareth John at Burford, Oxfordshire

August 25th – ONBG meeting, 18:00 to 20:00, Summertown, Oxford

August 23rd-24th – Natural beekeeping course at Paddington Farm Trust, Glastonbury

August 22nd – 10a.m. – 10p.m. Glastonbury Bee Conference held by the Natural Beekeeping Trust

August 16th – Skep making & skep beekeeping at Acorn Education

July 19th – Skep making & skep beekeeping at Acorn Education

July 16th-19th- Natural Beekeeping Trust at Art in Action event, Waterperry Gardens nr Wheatley

July 11th – ONBG meeting, nr Burford at Gareth John’s Warré apiary

July 4th/5th – the Chew Valley Natural Beekeepers are organising the South-West Beekeeping Convention near Bristol. Weekend event with guest speakers

July 2nd – ONBG meeting, 7.30pm at the Railway Hotel, Wheatley OX33 1ST

June 27th – ONBG meeting near Swindon with Hampshire Natural Beekeeping Group at Acorn Education apiary – skeps, log hives, and good company!

June 13-14th – Bee-centered beekeeping – an introductory course by Gareth John, Burford

May 26th – ONBG meeting, Cowley

April 18th – ONBG meeting, Steeple Aston. Warrés, TBHs, and an opportunity to meet a bee inspector in a friendly setting.

March 8th – ONBG meeting, Cowley

January 23rd  – Lecture on the science of warm hives held by OBKA, the local association focused on conventional beekeeping – Coach House, Quarry Road, Headington OX3 8NU.


September 2014 – ONBG meeting, Steeple Aston

August 3rd 10:30- 1pm, local wildflower seed collection, Milham Ford

August 2rd 2pm – guided walk showing flowers and pollinators: Rock Edge, Headington

July 17-20th – Sun Hive demonstration at Oxfordshire’s Art in Action, nr Wheatley

June 29th – ONBG meeting, Headington

June 27th – Sat 28th June – beekeeping training (low intervention, conventional hives), Gloucestershire

May 18th – ONBG meeting, Horspath

May 10th – ONBG @ Cherwell Council Compost Giveaway Event, Kidlington

May 3rd – ONBG meeting – visit to Hampshire Natural Bee group at Sturts Farm

April 25th – Talk: Create a Heavenly Bee-friendly Garden by Katharine Harborne

April 1st – Talk: Planting for Bees in your garden by Dr Judy Webb, Oxford

March 29-30th – Course: Natural Beekeeping, Burford

March 25th – ONBG @ Oxford City Council Pollinator Action Group – inaugural meeting

March 22nd – ONBG meeting, Oxford

February 11th – Talk: Honeybee Health by Dr Giles Budge of National Bee Unit, Oxford

February 7th – FoE Oxford Bee Summit

January 28th – ONBG meeting, Oxford


November – Showing of film More than Honey and Q&A at Phoenix Cinema, Oxford

September  – ONBG meeting, Shilton

August – ONBG meeting, Steeple Aston

June – ONBG meeting, Boars Hill

April  – ONBG meeting, Steeple Aston

February – ONBG meeting, Burford


December  – ONBG meeting, Oxford

November – ONBG meeting, Oxford

September – ONBG meeting, Shilton

July  – ONBG meeting, Westwell

May – OBKA group visit to ONBG member apiary

May  – ONBG meeting, Bampton

April  – ONBG meeting, Steeple Aston