Back for a fourth year, the Birmingham Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping, you’ll be able to talk to local beekeepers, meet a queen, learn about the different types of bees and talk to beekeepers.


Organised by Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association the show takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014 from 10am until 4pm and entry is free.

You can think about becoming a beekeeper, view observation hives, see the competition entries, make candles from beeswax and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers all in the settings of a beautiful organic community garden.

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.

A highlight of the show will be the prize-giving ceremony at 3.30pm on Sunday September 14. Trophies will be presented and prizes 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.

Remember to bring cash (since there are no card facilities or cash points at Martineau Gardens): there will be plant sales and refreshments available throughout the Birmingham Honey Show. Exhibitors include the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.

As you explore Martineau Gardens, look out for demonstration vegetable beds, an orchard, an earth oven, woodland, formal gardens, ponds, a hot house, a wildflower meadow, a visitor room (located in a 1940s pavilion), a children’s ‘shipwreck’ play area and more.

Competition entries are welcomed from members and non-members. Further information, electronic copies of the entry and show schedules can be obtained from the Show Secretary, John Craddock via email: showsec.wbka@hotmail.co.uk. Modest entry fee and cash prizes.

Visit www.martineau-gardens.org.uk/events/honey-show for more information.

The Birmingham Honey Show is a Heritage Open Day event, to find out more about other Heritage Open Day events in the area, visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory