Honey Festival


23rd September 2023

doors open 11.00 to 16.00

All things honey, bees, wildflowers, and family fun!

We invite you to our Annual Honey Festival 2023, on Saturday 23rd September.  Once again, the wonderful heritage centre in Ashford and its surrounding Parish grounds will be transformed into a hive of activity by the members of the Ashford & District Beekeepers Association, who will be there to share their love of bees and all things Honey! This is a real family focused event, designed to include tots to teens, parents and grandparents.  Last year 3000 people from the community gathered under sunny skies for another memorable day.  

The focus is on Honey Sales and we will have all sorts of honey from our local Wicklow Beekeepers.  The forage around the apiaries determines what type of honey the bees yield, so to make it easy for you to choose which one you like best, there is a tasting table for you to try!

In the Beekeepers Hut, watch the bees close at hand with our observational hives, and chat to our members. There are plants and flowers for sale, organic produce and cakes , handmade soaps and oils, candles, wood craft and bee supplies.  Wicklow Co. Co. will also be there to tell us more about the Barn Owl Project.  Meet all of these wonderful stallholders here

Chill out on the lawn while you enjoy a delicious burger from the bar-b-que, followed by strawberries and cream whilst being entertained by our wonderful musicians.  

To keep the children happy, there is face painting, a kid’s quiz, an interactive story telling session for the little ones in the morning and afternoon, balloons, and ice cream! One of the highlights of the festival is the Children’s Art and Poetry competition, and the entries are displayed throughout the day, with the winners receiving their awards in the afternoon.  

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, as our guest speaker.  He will share his thoughts on"How flowers invented bees" - an exploration of how the evolution of bees and flowers has been one of the most amazing co-evolutionary stories on our planet. 

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, who so generously support Ashford BKA.

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