The centre has seating for 300, which can be reconfigured to give a larger stage area.
The venue for the convention is
The Ariel Centre,
Totnes, TQ9 5JX
The venue is less than 20 years old and has a high level of technical equipment including a full PA and sound system and a brand new lighting rig.
We have a full and varied programme again this year with something to interest everyone.
Keith Delaplane, MBE, is Professor and Walter B Hill Fellow in the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia where he conducts research and teaches on all aspects of honey bee evolution, biology, and health management. He has presented lectures to local, state, national and international political, academic, scientific as well as beekeeping audiences.
Andy Willis started beekeeping in April 1991 when he took a new gardening job and it was the gardeners job to “do the bees”. After a severe illness in late December 2003, he had to give up being a professional gardener. However this gave him more time to devote to his hobby of beekeeping. He was first asked to give various presentations at national level at the BBKA Spring Convention in 2008 and was called back by popular demand over a number of the following years.
Claire Barker started beekeeping in 2010, a hobby that became a passion and then a successful business. Following redundancy, Claire studied cosmetic formulation and subsequently launched her own skincare brand, Hive Originals, using the honey and beeswax from her own hives. Her unique honey-based products have since won a number of international awards and are stocked in a number of retailers including the National Trust.