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National Honey Show

2017 Dates

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017.


Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ, UK.



News and Announcements

National Honey Show news and announcements.

28/10/2017 - Next Show Dates
25th, 26th, 27th October 2018

28/10/2017 View This Years Slide Shows
1. Thursday 26th October 2017 AM
2. Thursday 26th October 2017 PM
3. Friday 27th October 2017 AM
4. Friday 27th October 2017 PM
5. Saturday 28th October 2017 AM
6. Saturday 28th October 2017 PM

27/10/2017 Results Published
The judging has taken place and the results checked and verified. Available in PDF format for downloading See 2017 Results.

21/10/2017 PM - National Honey Show Membership
Online purchasing of membership is now closed. You can purchase membership or a day ticket on the door CASH ONLY.

21/10/2017 AM - Workshop Booking Now Closed
Online booking is now closed, if there are still places you can pay (CASH ONLY) and book at the workshop reception during the show. The workshop reception is located on the ground floor of the Eclipse Pavilion and will be open 30 minutes before the start of each session.

13/10/2017 - Bees for Development Quirky Quiz at the National Honey Show
We want to tell you about our Quirky Quiz, and invite you to meet us at The UK’s 86th National Honey Show. Our Patrons Bill Turnbull and Professor Tom Seeley invite you to join our annual Bee Quiz with supper, wine and bee chat on Friday evening of the National Honey Show, 27 October at 6.15pm. Please join us for this all-round fun event! Early bird tickets available here. BfD will be present in full force at the UK National Honey Show, 26-28 October at Sandown Park in Surrey, KT10 9RT. Come and meet us - Patrons, Trustees, Staff and Volunteers - either at BfD’s stand, or at the Bee Quiz.

28/09/2017 - Latest News from The National Honey Show
National Honey Show 26 to 28 October 2017.
Reminder that competitive entry forms for our many wonderful entry classes are due by 9th October. All information is on the website and entry forms at
There are still spaces on many brilliant workshops in our varied programme
Please do encourage newer beekeepers to come along on especially on the Saturday, when we have a special informal and friendly Beekeeping Taster workshop with Celia and David Rudland. Also a programme of lectures on the Saturday aimed at those in the early years to help new beekeepers understand their bees and better manage their colonies. This Workshop has been cancelled.
Lastly, it’s best to use the postcode KT10 9RT, which is displayed on the front of this year’s Schedule, for finding Sandown Park. Last year SatNavs sent people round the back of the venue and KT10 9RT postcode leads to Esher High Street, from which you can’t miss the huge Sandown Park frontage. Look forward to seeing you all there.

01/09/2017 - Workshop Booking Instructions
Due to an error these instruction are missing in the printed schedule: Anyone wishing to attend a workshop must be a member of the NHS and book online at No one may attend a workshop unless they have a valid entry ticket to the Show. There will be an £8.00 (£9.00 on the day) non–returnable booking fee per workshop to prevent spaces being booked and not taken up. The system is now fully automated, accepting advance bookings via TicketSource. Bookings will commence on 1st September 2017 and end one week before the start of the workshops. There is a small additional charge for some workshops to cover the cost of materials, see Workshop timetable for details of where additional fees apply. All workshops are scheduled for 2 ½ hours duration. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. These workshops are often in demand so places for those not attending promptly will be resold.

28/08/2017 CABK Social Evening Announced
CABK Social Evening on Thursday 26th October 2017 6.30pm for 6.45pm start. The Venue will be Esher Place, very close to Sandown Park where the National Honey Show is being held. Speaker will be Dr Karin Alton. Talk followed by finger buffet with wine or soft drink.

27/08/2017 - August Newsletter
The next National Honey Show is just around the corner, again at Sandown Park. The Show was a tremendous success last year and now that we have a better understanding of the venue we have been able to make some tweaks to the programme to ensure visitors have an even better experience this year. Producing the National Honey Show Schedule each year is a mammoth task. The team have now gathered all the information for 2017 and the Schedule has been printed. It will be posted out to members who have chosen to receive their printed copy and published on our website.

There are some changes to the schedule this year with the addition of new classes, which has meant renumbering the classes. Changes to classes or NEW classes are denoted on the left next to their class number by a little flag shaped triangle:? New classes include:

  • 18 A ‘For sale’ display of honey and beeswax products
  • 63 Metheglin or hyppocras
  • 64 Melomel or pyment
  • 65 Cyser
  • 135 Honey marmalade
  • 138 Honey vinegar

Membership and competitive entry forms are separate sheets this year, not bound into the Schedule. They will be posted with the Schedule and/or you can download them from the website. Entry forms need to be sent to the Entries Secretary by 9th October, with forms for the videos, essays, microscope slides and photographs submitted by 15thSeptember.

Local Beekeeping Associations have supported the show by, for the first time, sponsoring three of the main lectures in the Gold Cup Suite. This is a taller room than last year so hopefully there will not be any problem viewing the slides, even when the room is full. There will again be a hearing loop in the room. We have been fortunate to secure three renowned speakers from the US: Tom Seeley (professor in Biology at Cornell University), Kim Flottum (Editor of Bee Culture Magazine) and Heather Mattila (Professor at Wellesley College, Massachusetts). Together with some more local speakers such as Peter Tomkins from Rothamstead Research, Will Steynor and Roger Patterson they will be giving some compelling lectures!

Bee Craft continues to support the Show with their series of Friday lectures. Young researchers from UK Universities will present updates on their current studies covering a range of topics including pollination, neonicotinoids, and EFB to name a few. Plus the B Kids stand in the trade hall, offering activities for younger beekeepers such as candle rolling, mask making, make a shake-a-bee, label a bee, bee colouring sheets, a ‘Find the Queen’ raffle and more.

There are a lot of interesting lectures and workshops aimed at Beginners this year. There will be a Taster Workshop run by Celia and David Rudland on Saturday for those thinking of becoming beekeepers and who want to know more about what’s involved.

Please could associations close to Sandown Park advertise this locally to encourage people to attend – they’ll also have the opportunity to see the fabulous Honey Show display and visit the Trade stands for an idea of what equipment they might need if they go ahead with beekeeping. The Saturday Programme aimed at beekeepers in the first year or two of beekeeping really tries to help them understand what is going on in the hive, how they can best interpret events and develop their beekeeping skills. This series of lectures is held on the Saturday so that those who are working during the week are free to attend. Visit our website to find out more.

This year’s Trade hall promises to be as vibrant as ever. There will be a coffee stand selling sandwiches and snacks in the Champagne Bar, so that those at the far end of the hall and coming from the workshops will have a shorter walk to seek refreshment.

Workshops are open to National Honey Show members. They are popular and must be booked in advance. Booking opens on 1st September. Booking information is given on our website. This year’s programme includes many old favourites plus some new areas of interest such as making wax fruit, cooking with honey, labour saving devices, to name a few.

Many volunteers are needed to help run the show. If you can offer a couple of hours or half a day stewarding, you would be warmly welcomed. We also need chairpeople for the workshops and lectures. Do please contact Bill the
Other than that it’s not too late to book a trade stand, plan your entries, plan a visit, book a minibus or organise a coach to the show.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Val, Fiona and Helen

13/08/2017 - NHS 2017 Workshop Programme
Workshop Booking opens on the 1st September 2017.

28/02/2017 - NHS Lecture Programme
This years Lecture Programme now available.

25/02/2017 - Publicity Leaflet
Download Publicity Leaflet 2017 PDF [2.18MB]

28/12/2016 - 2017 Schedule
Every year there is a transitional period between showing the old and the new schedule. The new 2017 schedule will be published in AUGUST. The old 2016 schedule is still made available as it contains competitive class information that will apply in 2017.

12/11/2016 - Next Show Dates
26th, 27th, 28th October 2017
25th, 26th, 27th October 2018

29/10/2016 - Full Screen Slide Show No6
Slide Show No6 Final slide show including awards.

29/10/2016 - Full Screen Slide Show No5
Slide Show No5 Looking around the show.

29/10/2016 - Results Published
See 2016 Results.

28/10/2016 PM - Full Screen Slide Show No4
Slide Show No4 Looking around the show.

28/10/2016 AM - Full Screen Slide Show No3
Slide Show No3 Looking around the trade show, exhibits and workshops.

27/10/2016 PM - Full Screen Slide Show No2
Slide Show No2 Looking around the show at the trade hall and exhibits.

27/10/2016 AM - Full Screen Slide Show No1
Slide Show No1 Judging the competitive classes + trade setting up and outside shots of the venue car park and foyer.

12/10/2016 - National Honey Show October Newsletter
Download the October 2016 Newsletter PDF [74KB]

01/10/2016 - Trade Hall Layout
Download Trade Hall Layout PDF [1.07MB]

03/09/2016 - National Honey Show Publicity Leaflets
1. Download Publicity Leaflet 2016 PDF [239KB]
2. Download Publicity Info Leaflet 2016 PDF [800KB]

21/08/2016 - 2106 Schedule
The printed Show Schedule for 2016 has been posted out to National Honey Show members and trade/educational stand holders. To receive your printed copy make sure your membership up to date and/or your stand is booked. You can also view the Schedule on the National Honey Show website.

25/06/2016 - National Honey Show June Newsletter
Download the June 2016 Newsletter PDF [126KB]

14/02/2016 - Ship Hotel Weybridge 2016
You will need this Information if you are staying at the Ship Hotel during the show.

06/02/2016 - National Honey Show January Newsletter
Download the January 2016 Newsletter in PDF [133KB]

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