Monmouth Bee Festival 1st August

Monmouthshire Meadows Group will be at the Monmouth Bee Festival on Sunday, 1st August from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Monmouth Bee Festival is a family friendly event organised by the charity Bees for Development which takes place in the centre of Monmouth Bee Town. In 2021 the Festival has grown to include more activities to engage children such as wild flower art, a bug puppet workshop and an interactive beehive display, as well as offering presentations on beekeeping, skep making and Bees for Development’s work. Peruse the stalls, sample the mead, taste the honey and picnic in the park on pizza and ice cream!

The Festival will be opened by their Patron, Kate Humble, who will also be giving a talk during the morning. There will be other talks and demonstrations during the day, some of which will be specifically for children.

For those who’ve been to the Monmouth Bee Festival before, this year’s will be a bigger event. As before, the event will be spread between the Nelson Gardens and the Chippenham Fields. This time most of the stalls (including ours) will be in the Chippenham Fields so that the more intimate feel of the Nelson Gardens can be retained whilst also allowing for appropriate social distancing. 

Presentations include:

  • See the Bees with Kate Humble
  • Book signing Nicola Bradbear and Kate Humble
  • Oldlands and local pollinators talk by Sam Bosanquet
  • Eco-Geocache like a pro with 10 year old Johnny Bosanquet
  • BFD projects presentation
  • Skep building and story-telling with Chris Parkes
  • Bug puppet workshop
  • How to build a hive

The day before the Festival, on Saturday 31st July, several pollinator friendly gardens around the town will be open to the public. You can pick up a “Bee Walk” map showing the locations from the Bee Shop at 1, Agincourt Street, Monmouth, NP25 3DZ.     

More information including directions and the festival map can be found at the Festival website at beesfordevelopment.org/monmouth-bee-festival