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National Honey Show

Honey Judge

Guidance for Exhibitors

National Honey Show guidance for exhibitors 2017.

Entry Fees

The appropriate entry fee is stated at the beginning of each section (See Competitive Classes), but please note the following exemptions from the rules.

Overseas Exhibitors may pay their subscriptions and entry fees in sterling at the show to save on currency charges. Any prize money will be paid in sterling. It is regretted that any cups awarded may not leave the British Isles.


Judges expect the "National" high standard of exhibit and will make or withhold awards accordingly. The Judges' referee will advise on any queries arising from the results.

New exhibitors are advised to consult any relevant NHS Publications.


Units of Measurement and Dimensions

Imperial measurements are to the nearest practical equivalent of Metric. Exhibitors will have the advantage where there are slight discrepancies between the two scales.


With the many makes of honey jar available and their varying weights (up to 20g in some cases) the only way of the judge being certain that the jar contains 454g (1lb) of honey is if there is no air gap visible between the surface of the honey and the lower edge of the lid.


To be displayed flat. After judging these will be mounted by the stewards on a fixed base which will be provided by and remain the property of the National Honey Show. No colouring allowed unless the class states it is permissible.

Bottle Stoppers

Please note Rule 12 regarding these. Only cork stoppers with white plastic flanges are to be used and these are widely available for purchase. Because these are difficult to acquire in some parts of the country there will be a supply available at the show for purchase from the Chief Steward.

Photographic Exhibits

The class label must be positioned on the front of any print entry. Staging will not involve the use of any adhesive of any sort on the reverse of prints. Detailed instructions will be sent to each exhibitor with the appropriate class labels.

Delivery and Staging of Exhibits

When you arrive at the hall, you will find that tables have been provided near the entrance to enable you to unpack your exhibits and do any final "touching up". However, it is not recommended that lids are changed, to avoid exposing honey to the atmosphere of the hall. You must then collect your entry form from the Entries Secretary and take it and your entries to the reception tables where they will be checked in against your entry form and passed to a steward. Except for specific classes indicated in the schedule, all exhibits are staged by stewards who will be wearing cotton gloves whilst handling them.
Any wooden or metal box in which exhibits are brought to the Show may be stored on the premises, but any cardboard boxes must be taken away.


Prize money, vouchers and prize cards will normally be available for collection from the cashier's desk from the second day of the show. Winners of Cups and trophies are advised that these must be properly cared for whilst in their possession. They are not insured by the Show.

Points Awards

Points for the Smallholder Shield and other cups and trophies are calculated on the following basis: 1st, 6 points; 2nd, 5 points; 3rd, 4 points; 4th and VHC, 3 points; HC, 2 points; C, 1 point.

Changes to Schedule

▲This symbol indicates a new class or a change from last year’s schedule.

EU Rules

Following difficulties experienced in previous years, Overseas Exhibitors are reminded of EU rules. UK Customs are implementing an EU Council Directive 95/23/EC dated 29 April 1996. Please check import requirements before entering the UK These restrictions relate to hive products, but have no impact on other classes.

Also see Rules and Regulations and Competitive Classes.

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