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86th National Honey Show First Day

Dear All, 

As you’ll all know by now, we’re delighted to be returning to Sandown Park for the 2017 National Honey Show.  The new venue means there's plenty of space to enjoy the fantastic display of all the classes including honey, wax, mead, photography and many others in the main Surrey hall, with the Traders next door in the same hall. The atmosphere is fantastic so we encourage you all to attend.

Our brilliant main lecture programme for this year includes lectures by Tom Seeley, Heather Mattila, Kim Flottum, Will Steynor and Peter Tomkins. There will be the usual series of Bee Craft Lectures on the Friday.

On Saturday there will be a special focus on the early years of beekeeping to help those starting out think about what to do next. The topics have been carefully chosen as being relevant to those new to the craft, with many of the things covered that beginners are often confronted with in their early years.  and will be delivered by experienced beekeepers. It is strongly recommended that beginners attend all presentations and that local beekeeping associations or groups encourage their members to attend.

Follow this link to see the main lectures and Beginners programme:

It’s a fantastic day out.  In fact many come along for more than just one day.  There’s always lots to do, to see, people to talk to, friends to meet up with, endless coffee to be lingered over, the staggering exhibition of honey, hive products and crafts; the vibrant trade hall and of course the lectures and workshops.

This year’s workshop programme includes the popular favourites plus – new for 2017 – “Setting up a Bee Breeding Group”, “Labour Saving Devices” and “Making Wax Models”. There will also be a Taster session on Saturday ‘All you every wanted to know about beekeeping but were afraid to ask’ for complete novices. National Honey Show Members will be able to book workshop places via our website from 1st September.

If you send your newsletters by email these days, you can include the link to the 2017 leaflet on our website at:

Leaflets for this year’s Show will be available to collect from the Thorne's stand at Bee Tradex, and at The BBKA Spring Convention.  Please collect some to pass among your association members, to place in delegates’ wallets or pass around at your meetings, and to take to local and county Shows.  If you’d prefer us to post leaflets to you, please email Val:

We look forward to a successful season and to seeing you and your entries at this year’s Show: Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017 at Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey.

Best wishes

Fiona and Helen


From the M25, exit at Junction 10 and take the A3 looking out for the brown venue signs to Sandown Park, exit onto the A307 and continue to follow the brown venue signs.  If using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Portsmouth Road' rather than the Sandown Park postcode - this will bring you to our main car park which is just off the A307 (Esher High Street) and is directly in front of the main entrance.

Esher rail station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the main entrance.  Turn left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T-junction to join the A307 Portsmouth Road. The entrance to Sandown Park is on the right hand side.  There is a taxi rank at the station.  Please note that Esher rail station is located outside of Zones 1-6 and that Oyster Cards are not valid when travelling to Esher. A paper ticket must be purchased in advance of travelling.


As directed from the entrance

Sandown Racecourse
Portsmouth Road
KT10 9AJ

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