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Bee and Pollination Festival

Saturday 26 August 2023 at 10:00 am to Sunday 27 August 2023 at 5:00 pm


Common carder bee on Verbena bonariensis.The Bee and Pollination Festival returns, and incorporates the Bristol Beekeepers 93rd annual Honey Festival.

The Botanic Garden will be in its full late summer colours with displays, demonstrations, and stalls in the main marquee and throughout the Garden.

Exhibitors include:

  • The University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences; students and researchers will share some of their latest studies into insect behaviour and understanding their ecology.
  • Bees for Development; a charity working with the poorest people, inspiring them to help bees provide them with a livelihood and protect their local natural habitats.
  • The Bumblebee Conservation Trust; an organisation established to counter the threat to our 55 native species.
  • Avon Organic Group; will give advice on growing food more sustainably.
  • Chris Park; demonstrations of traditional skep making.
  • Maya Wolf; will return to demonstrate and teach willow weaving to visitors.
  • Mad Apple Cider; with drinks from their Gloucestershire orchard to sample and purchase.
  • Grow wilder; inspiring people, communities, and businesses to take action for wildlife.
  • Heart of BS13; a thriving community space in Hartcliffe with a cut flower nursery and providing long term solutions to food poverty in a cost of living crisis.

An image of a hoverfly with heavily defined black and yellow stripes collecting nectar from a round purple flower head.Also look out for street performer Carol Sherman with Afro Leana; Jean Vernon, award winning writer and expert on all things bees; The University of Bristol Cider Apple project; Writhlington School Orchid Project; Poetry group the Isambards.

Plants will be for sale with nurseries Beans and Herbs, Bee Happy Plants, Malcom Allison Plants, Biocentric plants (Saturday only), and Tynings climbers.

Throughout the weekend there will be talks by experts in their fields, from Miranda Bane’s project to move Guernsey away from pesticides, to Chris Morton talking about other pollinators you may find in your garden, and Monica Barlow from the Bees for Development charity on their fantastic work. For full programme of Saturday talks click here, and for Sunday click here.

Admission: £10 (£11 with Gift Aid)

Paying visitors: Book online in advance or pay on the day by card at the gate.

Free to Friends of the Botanic Garden, students, under 18s, and University of Bristol staff.




Saturday 26 August 2023 at 10:00 am
Sunday 27 August 2023 at 5:00 pm
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University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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0117 42 82041

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