Randalstown & District Beekeepers Association


Located on the shores of
Lough Neagh

››› affiliated to Ulster Beekeepers Association

An Introduction to RANDBKA

Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association

Randbka is a small association of beekeepers and non - beekeepers.
There are currently around 50 members, who attend regular talks, demonstrations and social events either at the Apiary or in the Arches Community Centre, Randalstown.
The calendar of events is arranged by the Committee, which meets every two or three months.

The apiary is set in a very picturesque location in the private estate of Lord O'Neill, near Shane's Castle.
The apiary is situated on the Boathouse Meadow on the east bank of the River Maine beside the last bridge over the river before it enters Lough Neagh. The meadow is a wildflower preserve.

The apiary is a fenced and gravelled "bee yard" where hives of bees are on raised stands. The hives are overlooked by a bee observation house, with a large window, through which observers can watch beekeepers working with bees a few feet away and in safety.

During the beekeeping season, which is roughly March - September, the apiary is open to members and visitors most Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm onwards.
Here, beginners and experienced beekeepers work alongside each other examining the hives and carrying out the relevant beekeeping tasks.

Here is a brief potted history of our association compiled by one of our members:
Potted history in DOC format

RANDBKA is affilated to Ulster Beekeepers Association.

| 4.3.2008 |