Hampshire is fortunate in having a mild climate and a wide range of forage for our bees ranging from urban gardens to New Forest heather, oilseed rape to wildflower meadow, and more. This means that our bees collect a wide range of nectars making beautiful honeys from the palest (borage) to the darkest (chestnut).
Bees also produce beeswax and our skilled beekeepers use this to make candles, blocks, polishes and cosmetics.
We display our products with pride, and our Honey Shows are open to the public when judging is complete, and experienced beekeepers are always on hand to answer questions. There are many awards to be won across all classes.
Sadly, we have had to put honey shows on hold in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
|Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association held a Honey Show on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019 at Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey. |
We also had several displays and attractions including beekeeping history, honey extraction, books, candle rolling; and of course tables with lots of delicious honey to buy, direct from the bees and beekeepers of Hampshire. We were delighted to welcome The Countess Mountbatten of Burma to present our awards.
Please click here for the printable A4 2019 Schedule, which includes a list of prizes, the classes, the recipes, and the rules and regulations. The same schedule is also available in A5 booklet form. (To print, download the schedule then open it in Adobe Reader. Click “File” then “Print”. Under “Page size and handling” click the button labelled “Booklet”. It will print on 4 double-sided sheets of paper, the pages in correct order for folding in half.)