The purpose of Marlborough Beekeepers Association is to support the commercial operators and hobbyists who keep bees in Marlborough. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association (MBA) is run by volunteers who have an interest in sharing knowledge and skills or learning about bees. Activities are regularly organised by elected Committee members.

Beekeepers inspecting hives

We aim to help our members learn about the art and craft of beekeeping and to share that information with others so that they can become skilled beekeepers. The club welcomes new members, young and old, those new to beekeeping, or experienced hands. If you are interested in beekeeping, or want to get to know other local beekeepers then you are welcome to come along to our events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events

We hold workshops most months, usually on a Sunday afternoon. Practical hands-on sessions take place at the MBA hives on the NMIT Campus, off Budge Street, and we sometimes use other venues. Bad weather may mean that these events are cancelled, so please check our Facebook page for more up-to-date workshop details.

  • Sunday 26 November – Preparing for summer
    Summer is on the way – and that means we need to prepare our hives for the nectar flow. How many honey boxes (supers) to put on? What if you go away on holiday? We’ll discuss this and other information at this Sunday’s workshop, 26 November. Please meet at the club carpark, end of Ballinger … Read more
  • Sunday 29 October – preparing for summer
    Spring is well underway – and so are swarms. Hopefully you are regularly checking your hives for swarm cells. This Sunday 29 October we’ll open up a hive or two to check on the queen’s laying, check for swarm cells and overall health. We’ll also discuss preparing for the summer. Please meet at the carpark … Read more
  • 24 September – preventing your hive from swarming
    It’s swarm season again and once again us beekeepers need to check our hives over the next few months to ensure the hive doesn’t swarm, let alone annoy the neighbourhood! The image on this post shows the condition of a hive that may lead to swarming. We’ll be holding a workshop at our club hives … Read more