Who are we?

The Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association is an independent association of beekeepers who mostly live or operate in a large area of North Yorkshire and who meet in Harrogate or Ripon. It is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association. The Association has developed over 90 years, continually increasing and improving ways of serving the changing needs of members. We have a major commitment to teaching new beekeepers and our courses are some of the most popular in the northern counties.

The Association is a registered charity and has a President, a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, an Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer and a Committee totalling 15 members in all. The Committee is responsible for the operation of the Association during the year, and reports back to the full Membership at an Annual Meeting.

RHS Harlow Carr

The Association has close links with the RHS Botanical Gardens at Harlow Carr, located at Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB, in the west of Harrogate. The Association runs a Saturday afternoon beekeeping demonstration for garden visitors. The Harlow Carr site also houses the teaching apiary and observation hive.

Bramhall Learning Centre

The Association meetings are now usually held in the Bramhall Learning Centre at Harlow Carr Gardens. The Learning Centre is next to the main car park up from Betty's and the main RHS entrance. The Learning Centre at Harlow Carr is also used for most Association meetings and the educational courses we run during the evening in winter. Visitors who are interested in beekeeping are welcome to attend our meetings.

Harewood House

The Association also has links with Harewood House. Saturday afternoon demonstrations are held in the Walled Garden and an observation hive is in the Bird Garden. One-day beekeeping taster courses are also held in the Education Centre


If you are interested in joining our association, please apply to our membership secretary at Turn on Javascript!


If you are interested in reading our constitution, it can be found here.