Birmingham Honey Show returns to Martineau Gardens

Chance to learn about bees and beekeeping.

The Birmingham Honey Show is returning to Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, from 10am until 4pm. Organised by Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association, this family-friendly, free event will be a chance for people to find out more about the intriguing craft of beekeeping and to immerse themselves in the world of honey.

There will be opportunity to meet a queen(!), learn about the different types of bees, buy locally-produced honey direct from the beekeepers, make candles from bees wax, see an observation hive, talk to the beekeepers, visit the resident bees of Martineau Gardens and view competition entries. A netted live demonstration area will be set up in the woodland and you’ll be able to watch bee keepers working with bees and explaining how the bee hive works and what goes on inside. Visitors will be able to find out what a community garden is and Martineau Gardens’ role in providing a home for wildlife so close to Birmingham city centre.

Highlights of the show include a visit from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice (Saturday afternoon) and the prize-giving ceremony at 3.30pm on Sunday 4 September, with David Gregory-Kumar, BBC Correspondent and presenter of Farming Today on Radio 4. Trophies and prizes are awarded for categories set to test the beekeepers’ skills in a range of entries including honey production, comb extraction, mead making, honey cake baking and candle making.

Refreshments will be available plus plants, preserves and produce for sale, grown by Martineau Gardens’ volunteers. Entry to the event is free.

John Gale, Honey Show Manager said: “Come and find out why honey bees need beekeepers to survive and why bees are important to the environment. Enjoy the crafts and produce associated with this traditional craft, all in the setting of a beautiful garden.”