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National Honey Show

Mission Statement

To encourage and promote beekeeping by showcasing honey and related products through the medium of national and international competitive classes.

Honey Classes

About Us

The National Honey Show is the UK's premier honey show with international classes, Lecture Convention and Workshops.

The National Honey Show is an annual event held at the end of October in and around the London area. The Venue for this year is Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey.

The National Honey Show has nearly two hundred and fifty Competitive Classes to test your skills. The show attracts beekeepers from all over the world to compete for the much coveted trophies and prize cards.

To encourage new exhibitors and membership we have made available the Schedule for downloading and printing.

General Stewards

The National Honey Show relies on a large team of volunteers. Any offers of help at the show itself are welcome. Please contact the Chief Steward.

National Honey Show Blue Ribbon Award

The Blue Ribbon is designed as the premier award at honey shows round the country and can be awarded by a National Honey Show Judge who has obtained the Show Judge Certificate from an approved Examinations Board.

NHS Approved Judges (updated 25/11/19)

Terry Ashley, Cheshire
Michael Badger
Hazel Blackburn, Berkshire
Alan Brown, Yorkshire
Martin Buckle, Bucks
Sue Carter, Bucks
Bill Fisher, Bucks
Enid Brown, Scotlandwell
Francis Capener, Kent
Gerry Collins, Yorkshire
Moyra Davidson, Dumfries
Jack Mummery, Devon
Bernard Diaper, West Midlands
Fiona Dickson, Norfolk
John Donogue, Co Offaly
Mike Duffin, Hampshire
Debbie Smith, Hereford
Ivor Flatman, West Yorkshire
Jim Fletcher, Co. Down
John Goodwin, Cheshire
Steve Guest, Cheshire
Mary Hill, Kent
Michael MacGiollaCoda, Tipperary
Christine Matthews, Dumfries-shire
Peter Matthews, Dumfries
Paul Boyle, Ireland
Susie Perkins, Somerset
Tom Salter, Hampshire
Pierre Sanders, Netherlands
David Shannon, Yorkshire
Dinah Sweet, Caerphilly
Alan Woodward, South Yorkshire
Bron Wright, Edinburgh
Dave Wright, Edinburgh

These Judges carry a supply of Blue Ribbons and Novice awards and will issue them at shows as appropriate. Please note that the Blue Ribbon may only be awarded at shows that attract over 100 entries in all beekeeping classes.

Novice Prize Winners Gift Admission Tickets

Offered to winners of novice, beginners, junior, and school classes at any honey show, the ticket carries with it a copy of the schedule and programme and admission to the show including the convention lectures on the day selected by the recipient.

The range of classes at a honey show eligible for the scheme is subject to the widest interpretation. At some shows the novice class is strictly for those who have never competed before, at others the classes are open to those who have never won a 1st prize before; they all qualify. School and junior classes have no limitations, so long as the novices and beginners class is for beekeeping products and is at a honey show or in the beekeeping section of another kind of show.

Note: Only one Novice award can be made at any honey show.

The ticket only requires filling in and signing by the Show Secretary to make it valid for the admission of the prize winner and friend to the National Honey Show. It is issued by the Hon. General Secretary.


No.1 A Short History of the National Honey Show
No.2 Beeswax Candles for Show
No.3 Comb Honey for Show
No.4 Granulated or Crystallised Honey
No.5 Judging Honey in the Jar
No.6 Management, Production and Exhibiting of Heather Honey
No.7 Preparation of Liquid Honey
No.8 Producing Mead for Showing and Drinking
No.9 Showing Honey Products
No.10 The Study of Pollen (A Short History)
No.11 Wax for Show

Booklets are available at the show for £3.50 each.

Booklets in PDF format (downloads) can be purchased from our Shop for £3.00 each.


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Data Protection Act

All members and exhibitors should be aware that the show is no longer registered under the Data Protection Act. Personal data will be held on a computer. Such data will only be used for the purposes of the show and will not be sold on.

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