The London Honey Show 2012

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Posted by admin | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, General | Posted on 09-10-2012

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Was The London Honey Show as good as last year?

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural London Honey Show and it was a raving success. My concern for this years London Honey Show was whether they could keep up the momentum.

The Lancaster Hotel was the host of the show and this year they took over a room at least 4 times the size of the room of last years event and this was the cause for my concern.

Last years London Honey Show was like a pressure cooker which despite the perspiration shed because the turnout was so good, made for an unforgettable atmosphere and something quite different in the beekeeping calendar. Could this years compete?  Read the rest of this entry »

Was the 80th National Honey Show worth attending?

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Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beekeeping, Beekeeping Equipment, Bees, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-10-2011

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I think it is pretty amazing that this national show has been going for the last 80 years. When you think about it, the first must have been back in 1931 if my Maths is correct. I wonder what it was like back then and how it has changed over the years?

To answer my own question however, a resounding YES. It almost feels like an institution which I think is both a good and bad thing. It is very traditional in its approach and there are some very serious looking people parading around in laboratory coats not to mention the countless people with their membership lapels, akin to seeing people who have been at the races for the day. However, I quite like all of this tradition being a slight traditionalist and I think it adds an aura of respectability about the place. Something that can be lost elsewhere and has its own merits. I will say it was in complete contrast to The London Honey Show a few weeks ago but that can only be a good thing. Different cities, different audiences, different opinions, all good in my mind.

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The London Honey Show, October 2011

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Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beehives, Beekeeping, beekeeping courses, Bees, Honey, Honey extraction | Posted on 13-10-2011

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I was very fortunate this week to be a part of a wonderful event at The Lancaster Hotel in London; The London Honey

The London Honey Show at the Lancaster Hotel

Show. Famed for being the first hotel in London, if not the UK for keeping bees on the roof this seemed a very apt location and WOW, what a success.

The room from start to finish was filled with people and Jo and her team got it spot on with a healthy mix of exhibitors and excellent speakers - though sadly I missed every single one of them and so am going on 3rd party reviews all of which were excellent. Of particular note was that of Tim Baker, a Head Master who has encouraged his school to take up beekeeping with superb results; more on that later. Read the rest of this entry »

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