Jordans Mill will be buzzing on 17th October as the Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association celebrates its annual Honey Show.
This free, family-friendly event has been revamped for 2015 and is taking place for the first time at Jordans Mill in Broom near Biggleswade.
The fun-filled day out features a huge range of hands-on activities, tastings, displays and presentations for all ages, as well as the all-important competition judging a variety of items made from bee by-products.
Visitors to the show will have a unique opportunity to get up close to bees including observing a bee hive and seeing a real-life Queen Bee in action. The Honey Show will also feature Candle rolling, beehive making, and honey and cake tasting.
For those thinking of keeping bees, a pastime shared by a number of celebrities including Bill Turnbull, Radio 4’s Martha Kearney and Jimmy Docherty from Jimmy’s Farm, the Honey Show is a great place to find out more. Throughout the day, visitors can listen to a talk from expert Wally Thrale called ‘Do I Want to Be a Beekeeper?’ – an ideal first step for any budding beekeeper.
The annual Honey Show competition will be judged throughout the day with visitors able to view all of the entries in the various categories including honey, honey cake, honey wine, craft and microscope displays, wax, candles and mead. Presentations will be made at 4.00pm.
Younger visitors are sure to enjoy trying on a beekeeper’s suit and exploring all of the equipment they use, as well as a whole host of other child-friendly activities including face painting and colouring. For details on the colouring competition, please see below.
And those with a sweet tooth certainly won’t be disappointed with plenty of honey and honey-flavoured treats to sample and buy including delicious honey-inspired cakes and cookies created especially by Jordans Mill to celebrate the Honey Show. Honey and Almond Cake, Honey and Peanut Butter Protein Tray Bake, Honey and Quinoa Breakfast Bar, and Honey and Oatmeal Cookies will all be available from the Riverside Café on the day.
The Honey Show is free to enter although there will be small charge for candle rolling, and is open from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday, 17th October.
Jordans Mill will be open as usual with visitors able to explore the Mill Gardens, meadow and woodland, which are free to enter, take a guided tour of the Mill (usual charge applies) or relax in the Riverside Café and on our terrace.
For further information on the Honey Show including details on the competition and how to enter, please visit http://www.bedfordshirebeekeepers.org.uk/ or contact Michael Bunyan, Show Secretary on 01234 768648 or Paul Lawrence on 01582 873874.
As part of this year’s Honey Show the Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association will be holding a colouring competition. There are 3 classes of entry but they must be submitted prior to the Honey Show. Prizes will be awarded on the day of the Honey Show.
Entrants in the under 5 years and 6-10 categories must colour in either picture using any medium. There are two pictures to choose from and the blanks can be downloaded here:
Entrants in the 11-16 category are to produce a piece of free style artwork depicting anything related to honey or bees.
All entries must be submitted with a Colouring Competition Entry Form and all winners will be notified in advance of the Honey Show which is taking place at Jordans Mill on Saturday 17th October. There will be a first, second and third winner of each age category and all winners will need to attend the Honey Show to receive their prizes. The first prize winner of each age category will have their entry displayed on the noticeboard at Jordans Mill.