Joining an association is recommended as a means to learning about beekeeping, making contacts for equipment and advice, obtaining insurance and making friends. We hope you will want to join our branch but which is the best association to join?

If you are new to beekeeping we recommend you find out when and where local associations meet during the summer and winter, attend a few meetings and then make a decision. Canterbury meet on Wednesday evenings in winter and Saturday afternoons in summer.  If you would like to learn more or just drop in to one of our indoor or outdoor meetings, contact us (details here).

There are two classes of membership: friend (usually for people who don’t have bees yet), and members (which includes Bee Disease insurance and BBKA 3rd party insurance).

Other Local Associations

The Canterbury branch is one of several branches of the Kent Beekeepers Association.  Branches of the Kent Association include the excellent magazine BeeCraft in their membership fee.

There are other beekeepers’ associations in East Kent: Whitstable and Herne Bay branch, Thanet BKA and the Dover and District BKA.  You can find more details on the Kent BKA page.