Bee and Pollination Festival 2016

3 September 2016, 10.00 AM - 4 September 2016, 5.00 PM

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

The Bee and Pollination festival returns! The bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds take centre stage at the Botanic Garden during the first weekend of September, and rightly so. These industrious workers are vital for our existence and the festival will show just what they do for us and how we can help them.

Main exhibitors include the Avon Beekeepers Association, and their highly popular Honey Festival, the University Of Bristol School Of Biological Sciences, Mad Apple CiderWrithlington School Orchid Project, Avon Organic Group, Kelvin Bush orchids, nurseries selling insect-friendly plants, and wildlife charities including Avon Wildlife Trust for the first time, and the global Bees for Development. Neal’s Yard Remedies is bringing its Bee Lovely Collection sourced from sustainable cooperatives. Through sales of this range, NYR donate £10,000 a year to projects that help save the bees. Other exhibitors include botanical artists, Jenny Brooks and Cath Hodsman, metalwork artist Willa Ashworth and willow weaver Maya Wolfe.

An important major feature of the weekend is the series of talks in the Linnaeus Study Room. Keynote speakers include Dr. Talya Hackett and Dr. Marc Holderied, biological sciences researchers. There are also new talks this year from members of the Bristol Beekeepers. Nawbash Zorab is speaking on beekeeping in Kurdistan and John Morison, on the trials and tribulations of being a novice beekeeper.

Demonstrations will range from beekeeping techniques and the workings of a live hive, to learning how to build insect hotels and weave enchanting willow sculptures. 

Download a full schedule here, Bee and Pollination programme (PDF, 169kB)

This is an event for all ages, so come and join our celebration of pollinators!

Please note, on Saturday 2nd September there will be road closures due to a concert on the Downs. Click travel advice (PDF, 292kB)‌ for further information. Sunday 3rd will be back to normal.

Entrance £4.50, including tours. Free to Friends, children, University staff and students. Refreshments.

Happy as a bee in a flower...

Plants rely on pollinators.