National Honey Show 2021


National Honey show

At Sandown Park

Sandown Park Racecourse Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ


The full Show Schedule and entry forms are now available on the Nation Honey Show website

Printed copies of the Schedule will be posted with badges and admission tickets to those who have ordered printed copies; this year there has been a delay at the printer’s with COVID issues, so we’ll get them to you as soon as we can.


Tickets and Admission

1st September through to 11 October 2021

Renew membership, purchase admission or live streaming tickets from the website shop:
Admission will be by pre-booked tickets ONLY for 2021 to avoid queues and crowding in the foyer. The window closes 11th October to allow posting of member badges and admission tickets.

1st September 2021

Workshop booking opens for members and day visitors:


Schedule of Classes and Entries

We encourage entries by our junior beekeeping enthusiasts, and have a special leaflet giving information:


We have some exciting new classes this year, marked ► in the show schedule.

In countryside green rich and sunny

Beekeepers extracted their honey

Each sent in their form

By October 4th morn
And waltzed home with their prizewinning money

NB To enter a limerick, new class 106, send your entry form in by 6th September.


New Classes for 2021:

In addition to our usual array of interesting competitive classes, for 2021 we have:

52: Two Matching Beeswax Candles made by moulding, using a hand-made mould, not commercially available

103: A Short Article Not more than 1000 words, describing an aspect of honeybee life that would be of interest to the general public;

104: a short “How to ... guide” on “How to carry out an artificial swarm”;

105: Poem about bees or beekeeping;

106 Limerick about bees or beekeeping;


Plus, several new junior classes:

147: One jar liquid honey PLUS one jar Naturally Crystallised or Soft Set honey;

148 A photograph of bees or beekeeping with short explanation;

149: A short essay about honeybees or your experience with beekeeping;

150: A piece of artwork themed “Pollination”.


Please see full details and rules in The Schedule


Very last dates for Entries

6th September 2021

Completed entry forms for classes 95-108 inclusive and class 315, i.e. essays, videos, microscope slides and photographs must reach the Entries Secretary by this date to allow time for judging before the show. We can accept NO late entries for the 2021 show.

4th October 2021.

Completed entry forms for all other classes must reach the Entries Secretary by this date.
We can accept NO late entries for the 2021 show.

Lectures and Workshops

The full complement of lectures will be across the three days in the Gold Cup suite, with Guest Speakers: Kirsten Traynor, Torben Schiffer, Jo Widdicombe, Paul Hurd, Lynfa Davies, Mike Edwards, Norman Carreck and Vince Gallo. The BeeCraft Research lectures will be held in the Solario suite on Friday and the lectures for newer beekeepers will be held in the same room on Saturday.  A variety of popular workshops are also available. Book tickets for these online.


The Trade Hall will be busy with many of our favourite suppliers present; unfortunately, we cannot accept overseas traders this year. Sadly, Brunel Microscopes have reluctantly decided not to attend this year, as it’s very difficult to examine microscopes in a completely aseptic way. They will be very much missed, and we look forward to their return in 2022.

Exciting raffle prizes

  1. SP30 Monocular Microscope with x10 widefield eyepiece. DIN standard objectives x4, x10, x40, x100 (oil). Magnification range x40 - x1000. Full substage condenser. Inbuilt 240 volts halogen illumination or LED depending on choice. Mechanical stage. Extremely good value for money. SP30 Price £222.50 + VAT donated by Brunel Microscopes
  2. Beehive used for demonstration during the Friday morning hive building workshop, will be raffled in aid of Bees for Development, donated by E H Thorne Beehives

Raffle tickets will be available to buy at the show

Social Events

The Central Association of Bee-Keepers will be holding their social evening with a guest speaker on Thursday night, details will be posted on the website

Bill Turnbull will again be hosting the Bees for Development Quiz on Friday night; get tickets in advance from the website.



Please bring your well-earned trophies to the show and hand them in when you arrive.  If you are unable to bring your trophy, please contact:



The National Honey Show Ltd, 

Registered Office 17 Shire Lane, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5NQ  

Registered Charity No. 233656 and 

Company Limited by Guarantee No. 266722, 

Registered in England and Wales