Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day 2024

Saturday, 12 October 2024 – 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.

Contact the organiser:

2024 Downloads

  • Show Schedule for WBKA members + entry form to come
  • Event poster to come
  • Honey sales registration form to come
  • Honey sales Ts&Cs to come
  • Location and parking Devizes Map

2024 Activities

  • Talks – see below
  • The annual county honey show – see downloads below
  • Candle rolling – perfect for Christmas presents
  • Exploring inside a virtual hive
  • Honey beer tasting courtesy of Wadworth brewery
  • Mead tasting
  • Face painting
  • Exhibitors offering bee related food, drinks, gifts and products as well as beekeeping kit.

2024 Timings

  • 08.00 Doors open for exhibitors
  • 10.00 Show opens
  • 10.00-11.00 Some interesting things about bees – Professor Richard Picard, entomologist
  • 11.30-12.30 Medicinal uses of honey – Dr Lynne Hepplestone
  • 13.00-13.30 Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? How to get started – Richard Rickitt
  • 14.00-15.00 The truth about honey – Lynne Ingram NDB
  • 15.00-16.00 Open viewing
  • 15.15 Prize giving and certificates on the stage
  • 16.00 Show closes

2024 Speakers

Some interesting things about bees – Professor Richard Picard, entomologist

Details to come

Professor Robert Pickard is an international authority on the biology of honeybees and President of both the Cardiff Beekeepers Association and the UK Central Association of Beekeepers

Medicinal uses of honey – Dr Lynne Hepplestone

Details to come

Dr Lynne Hepplestone is a beekeeper and full-time small animal veterinarian at Ikhala Veterinary Clinic in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? How to get started Richard Rickitt, co-editor of BeeCraft

A Wiltshire beekeeper, Richard Rickitt outlines what is involved in becoming a beekeeper, the kinds of skill you need to acquire, the kit you need, where to site your hive and how to get stared.

The truth about honey – Lynne Ingram

Honey fraud is the third biggest food fraud in the world. This fascinating talk lifts the lid on the how, why and wherefore of honey fraud and adulteration, and the way that it impacts on the livelihoods of beekeepers around the world. We will also take a look at what is happening in the UK.

Lynne Ingram has kept bees for over 30 years, and runs 15-20 colonies in Somerset. She is a Master beekeeper, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping, and is an examiner for the BBKA written and practical exams. Lynne is involved in educating beekeepers in Somerset, running study groups and curating the popular Somerset Lecture series.

2024 Helpful how-to articles

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

2024 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

Whitehall Vineyard

Details to come

https://whitehallvineyard.co.uk

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.

2024 Show exhibitors

Bees Abroad 

Bees Abroad is working to enable communities to empower themselves through sustainable beekeeping. Together with in-country partner organizations and local beekeeper trainers, Bees Abroad educates and mentors communities in appropriate and sustainable beekeeping practices, supporting business creation and environmental care.  

www.beesabroad.org.uk

Bee Depot

Diane Sleigh runs courses, sells bee kit, honey, bee colonies and bee gifts, and gives presentations on all things bee. All EH Thornes supplies. BBWear suits – try before you buy. Second hand kit bought and sold.

thebeedepot

Bee Happy Glass Designs

Hello, my name is Suzanne and I handmake vibrant, contemporary fused glass for the home, garden and of course, yourself. Bees often make an appearance in my designs which include greeting cards with a keepsake, suncatchers, mobiles, games, dishes and clocks, to name a few – each unique piece being handcrafted in my ‘Hive’ in Bath.

www.beehappyglassdesigns.co.uk

The Bee’s Knees

I’m Emma Morley, one of Wiltshire’s many beekeepers. I make and sell a range of delicious honey treats using completely natural ingredients including organic homegrown produce from my garden.  All products are lovingly handmade in my Wiltshire kitchen and the star of every show is, of course, the delicious honey made by my clever little bees.  I also make pure beeswax products including candles, food wraps, soaps and lip balms as well as some hand thrown ‘bee themed’ pottery.  Come along and have a look –  I’m sure there will be something that takes your fancy.

www.thebeeskneeshoney.co.uk

Candle Cavern

Providing natural hand poured beeswax candles from sustainable and renewable sources. Available will be dinner, pillar and tealight candles as well as other beeswax products including polish and ‘wraps’. Supporting British beekeeping, business and craftsmanship.

www.candlecavern.co.uk

Clive Shellard

Enamel on copper, jewellery and pictures inspired by wildlife.

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Hive Mind

We are Hive Mind, started in 2018 by brothers Kit and Matt in the beautiful Wye Valley in the Welsh Borders. Combining our love of nature with our interest in brewing. We set out to create something as original as possible by taking the world’s oldest form of alcohol, and giving it a modern twist. What we have created is innovative, light, refreshing and rich in flavour, but also steeped in history. A true blend of old and new.

We could go on about passion, pride and perfection, but that should come over on the first sip. We aim to be different. Many think Welsh mead is sweet and strong and something drunk by druids and monks. Well that was then (and occasionally now during the summer solstice).

With mounting quantities of honey mead from our own bees and a desire to drink something different, we began creating session strength meads made with great ingredients and delicious flavours. Our mead is a marriage of modern brewing techniques applied to the most ancient beverage. So please take what preconceptions you have, and refresh them.  We bring you sparkling, medium sweetness, flavourful Welsh mead. We start with the best quality ingredients we can lay our hands on, add yeast and time, and leave the product to do the talking. www.wyevalleymeadery.co.uk

Herbs for Healing

Details to follow

Hive Originals

Handcrafted natural skincare using the honey & beeswax from Wiltshire hives. Products includes award winning hand balms, hand/foot creams, moisturisers, shampoos and more.

www.hiveoriginals.co.uk

Hive Originals

Karen Elliott

Karen is a colour-obsessed pattern lover! Her work is bright and cheerful with a strong influence from nature and florals, but with a twist. She works from her garden studio in Melksham, using mainly imagination to compose a piece of abstract are or an upcycled piece of furniture. You will be able to buy art pieces, home decor and gifts.

Larkrise Community Farm

Details to follow

www.larkrisefarm.org.uk/

Lisa Lowe Ceramics

Details to follow

Meadow In My Garden

This is a community interest company (CIC) based in Devizes, Wiltshire, with a love of nature. Our seed mixes will transform any space, creating a magnificent patchwork of colour throughout the summer. We care about our world and we want to do everything we can to help more people grow wildlife friendly flower meadow.

www.meadowinmygarden.co.uk

Meadow in My Garden

Pamela Shellard

Hand made bee themed mugs and jugs.

RSPB

Details to follow

www.rspb.org.uk/

Susanna Gilmore Powell

Professional Artist. Painter of Bee Habitats, Gardens, Allotments, Orchards, Wild Flower Fields, Woodlands and Water.

www.susannagilmorepowell.co.uk

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Raising awareness of the Trust’s work with nature and wildlife in the Wiltshire area.

www.wiltshirewildlife.org

Memories of the day 2023

First photos from Richard Rickitt. (Hi-res copies of all photos available from )

More photos

2023 Talks

  • Food Safety and the Beekeeper: Andy Pedley
  • Beyond Honeybees: balancing the needs of managed and wild bee populations: Paul Jupp
  • Defensive behaviour in honeybees: Marin Anastasov, NDB

2023 Coverage in the media and other websites

Memories of the 2022 Show

Banner sitings 2022

Our banner above the entrance, courtesy of Leekes, Melksham.
Our banner at the entrance, courtesy of The Nursery, Hilperton Marsh, Trowbridge
Our banner in Devizes, courtesy of Wadworth Brewery who are making a delicious honey beer exclusively for the show
A second banner in Devizes opposite Wadworth Brewery.
Our banner in the centre of Devizes.

Previous shows

2022 Talks

  • Managing the workers: Reading the bees, smooth colony manipulationsBob Smith NDB
  • Botany for beekeepers: A colourful exploration of flower families with emphasis on those of value to bees Bob Smith NDB
  • The future of the bumblebee in the British countrysideGuy Parker, Eden Renewables

2022 Press coverage

  • 25/10/22 Recap on Eden Renewables Website; and listen to Guy Parker’s talk.
  • 11/10/22 Gazette & Herald: Wiltshire Bee and Honey Day an un-bee-lievable success
  • 7/10/22 BBC Radio Wiltshire Ben Prater Show – the segments start at 1:46:50 in. Starts immediately in this recording.
  • 3/10/22 BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Show – the segment starts about 1 min into this recording.
  • 1/10/22 Wiltshire Life: It’s all about the bees
  • 29/9/22 Gazette & Herald: Exclusive beer by Wadworth Brewery in Devizes: When you can try it
  • 22/9/22 Gazette & Herald: Devizes to host free lesson for budding beekeeper
  • 1/9/22 Wiltshire Life: A bee-utiful day out
  • 1/8/22 Wiltshire Life: Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day

2021 Photo Gallery – see Member’sArea

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

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

2019 Press coverage

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