All things honey, bees, wildflowers, and family fun

After a gap of 2 years, the beautiful heritage centre in Ashford and its surrounding grounds will be transformed once more 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. In 2019 more than 2,000 of the community gathered under sunny skies and ABKA really hope to see you all again.


The Honey yield has been great this year after a lovely Spring and early Summer, which the bees love, followed by warm spells. So there will be lots of delicious local honey for sale on the day. At the honey tasting stall you can decide which you like best – it is all different depending on the forage in the area around our beekeepers’ hives.


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, handmade soaps and oils, candles, wood craft and bee supplies.


Chill out on the lawn while you enjoy 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, balloons, and ice cream! One of the highlights of the festival is the Children’s Art and Poetry competition. Come and see the art and poetry on display on the day.


The Honey Festival will be opened by Wicklow Cllr Shay Cullen. We are delighted that Biologist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster Eanna Ni Lamhna returns as our guest speaker.

Annual Honey Festival Saturday September 24th – 11 am to 4 pm, Ashford Heritage Centre, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

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