Bees & Honey

The South of England Show 2020 has been cancelled.

Click here for the latest statement from the South of England Agricultural Society.


Ever wondered exactly what goes on inside a beehive? You can find out just how busy those bees are at one of the many live hive demonstrations throughout each day of the South of England Show (weather permitting), from 11am in the Bees & Honey tent.

You can even get involved yourselves. Subject to our assessment of your suitability and some health checks, adults and accompanied children can join the experts as they open up one of the three hives to explain how the fascinating process of making honey works. Protective clothing will be provided. There will also be observation hives with glass panels so you can get a really close look without the need for protective clothing.

Local honey, cut comb and a range of other ‘products of the hive’, including wax wraps, candles, lotions, potions, creams and other gifts will be on sale from a number of stall holders; as will top quality beekeeping equipment from local suppliers.

Potentially prize-winning honey of all types and colours as well as honey cakes and biscuits, will be exhibited on the Show Stand. Some will even be available to buy, once the judging by National Honey Show Approved Judges Sue Carter & Bill Fisher, is completed.

PLUS: Explore the inner components of an unoccupied hive – Find out how charity Bees Abroad is helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries by working with the local communities to create their own sustainable bee keeping industry – Learn more about the very important work that’s being done to protect the endangered bumble bees – Try your hand at candle rolling – Discover the ancient art of ‘encaustic painting’ using melted wax – Enjoy the world of Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Click below for the 2020 Schedule and Booking Form