Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day 2022

Saturday, 8 October 2022 – 10am to 4pm

A fantastic day out for people thinking about taking up beekeeping, as well as old hands who want to learn a whole lot more. Incorporates the County Honey Show.

at The Devizes Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS.

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2022 Activities

  • Talks beekeeping, pollinators and the environment and how to get started in beekeeping
  • The annual county honey show with open classes for the kids – see downloads below
  • Candle rolling – perfect for Christmas presents
  • An model of a solar farm with solar-powered toys and experiments for children
  • Craft-making: helping children make flowers and insects for a big pollinator display
  • Exploring inside a virtual hive
  • Honey beer tasting courtesy of Wadworth brewery
  • Mead tasting
  • Exhibitors offering bee related food, drinks, gifts and products as well as beekeeping kit.
  • A silent auction

2022 Downloads 

2022 Timings

  • 08.00 Doors open for exhibitors
  • 10.00 Show opens
  • 10.00-11.00 TALK
    • Managing the Workers: Reading the bees, smooth colony manipulations, managing the bees rather than simply observing.
      Bob Smith NDB: biog
  • 11.30-12.00 TALK
    • Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? How to get started.
    • Richard Rickitt: biog
  • 12.15-13.15 TALK
    • Botany for beekeepers: A colourful exploration of flower families with emphasis on those of value to bees.
    • Bob Smith NDB: biog
  • 13.45-14.45 TALK
    • The Future of the Bumblebee in the British Countryside.
    • Guy Parker, Eden Renewables: biog
  • 15.00-16.00 Open viewing
  • 15.15 Prize giving and certificates on the stage
  • 16.00 Show closes

2022 Show sponsors and supporters

Eden Renewables

Based near Marlborough, Eden Renewables is developing solar farms in Wiltshire and throughout the UK with a positive impact on the local environment and the communities living nearby. Our solar farms don’t just produce clean renewable energy – they produce honey too! We create meadows beneath and around the solar panels by sowing local, native grasses and wildflowers to provide habitats and nectar for honey bees and other pollinators. We provide suitable beehive sites for both solitary and honey bees, and invite local beekeepers to establish apiaries inside the solar farm or on adjacent land. Tackling the climate and ecological crisis, together.  https://uk.edenrenewables.com/

Eden Renewals hive and solar panels in a field

Wadworth Brewery

Wadworth is an independent family regional brewer and pub company, which has been brewing beer in the beautiful market town of Devizes since 1875. Originally founded by Henry Alfred Wadworth, the business passed to his founding partner John Smith Bartholomew and is now in the fifth generation of ownership by the Bartholomew family, with Toby Bartholomew leading the company as Managing Director.

The brewery combines the tradition of craft beer with modern production techniques and systems, pub signs are still hand painted in our sign shop and the Wadworth shire horses deliver beer around the town most weeks of the year. Our brewery tap & shop, located on site at the brewery, is open throughout the week for beers and food, events, and takeaway beer and merchandise.

In addition to our family brewery we operate in excess of 150 pubs, many with rooms to stay, across the South West of England and London; all offering a warm welcome, down to earth hospitality and quality food and drink.

Wadworth is delighted to be sponsoring the The Wiltshire Bee and Honey Day. https://www.wadworth.co.uk/

Corsham Print

‘In a digital world, print stands out’ – Our creative solutions have been helping businesses and organisations grow for over 40 years. Supporting the event’s printing requirements.

Show exhibitors

TBC

Helpful articles and media

Find these here

  • Why exhibit at honey shows 
  • How to win at honey shows 
  • How to make dipped candles
  • See also several articles in the Honey Bee Times published en every edition since January 2022

Memories of the 2021 show

Previous shows

2021 Talks

  • 10.00 Tools and techniques for making beekeeping easierKen Basterfield.
  • 11.15 The mind of the honey bee Marin Anastasov, NDB.
  • 12.15 Safeguarding future landscapesGuy Parker, Eden Renewables.
  • 13.45 Reading beesKen Basterfield.

2021 Press coverage

  • Wiltshire Life – The buzzy life of a beekeeper and her bees – May 2021 edition, p42, 3pp
  • Listing in Beekeeping Events
  • Listing in Beecraft – September 2021 edition
  • Listing in BBKA News – September 2021 edition
  • Gazette & Herald – Corsham beekeeper prepares for Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day in Devizes – 11 August.
  • This is Wiltshire – Corsham beekeeper prepares for Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day in Devizes – 11 August
  • Wiltshire Life – From flower to toast and honey beer – September 2021 edition, p36, 2pp
  • A notice of the event on CPRE’s site
  • A mention in Eden Renewable’s regular newsletter

The Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

2019 Talks

  • Lynfa Davis on Comb – how and why bees make it and how to manage it and Honey bee communication – a look at how bees share information and communicate with each other
  • Norman Carreck on The future for local bees in Britain.

2019 Press coverage

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