Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers

2023 Branch Honey Show

To be held at Kings Hill Nursery Autumn Fayre

Saturday 23rd September 2023

Show Judge: John Home Show Manager: Chris Cox Show Secretary: Helen Essex and Lottie Buckland Show Stewards: Peter Ellis and Judith Masson Show Photographer: Chris Price

The show is open to all paid up members of the branch. Staging will take place between 10am and 10.45am with judging starting at 11am. Whilst all possible care is taken with the exhibits the Branch Committee cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.

There is an entry fee of one jar of honey or cash equivalent of £5.00 (independent of how many classes you enter). Honey will be donated to Myton Hospice and cash to Bees Abroad. There are no cash prizes.

For general information about the WLBKA Honey Show, classes, cups and previous winners, visit the WLBKA Honey Show page.

Schedule of Classes
1   1lb (454g)jar of light honey
2   1lb (454g)jar of medium honey
3   1lb (454g)jar of dark honey
4   1lb (454g)jar of naturally granulated honey
5   1lb (454g)jar of soft set honey
6   1lb (454g)jar of heather or heather blend honey
A beeswax candle of any type or size mounted in a non-combustible  holder. The candle may be lit during judging
8   One container of cut comb honey - 200g minimum
9   One frame for extraction
10  One cake of beeswax- 150g min
11 Bottle of dry mead
12  Bottle of sweet mead
13  Novice Class for those who have never won a first prize for their honey in any honey show - Novice Mazer 1lb (454g) jar of honey - liquid, granulated or soft set
14  Cottager Class for those with fewer than 5 hives- Jack Taylor Plaque 1lb (454g) jar of honey - liquid, granulated or soft set
15 One honey cake (recipe below) - Nancy  Wilshire Rosebowl
16 One Skep suitable for swarm collecting.
17 Six biscuits, made or decorated with honey, with written recipe.
18 One photographic print (colour or monochrome) mounted on card no larger than A4 of a subject related to bees or beekeeping.
19 Gift Class - an item made from product or products of the hive suitable for a gift for a special occasion
20  Best in show - The Bernard Collins Trophy. Awarded to the member judged to have the best exhibit in the show from Classes 1-16



  • Extracted honey must be exhibited in clear glass 454g standard squat plain jars with gold metal lids.
  • Mead (minimum one pint) must be exhibited in clear glass bottles of round section without fluting or decoration of any kind and closed with a cork stopper with a white  plastic flange. A base and cover will be provided for staging honey cake (class 15). Black display boards are available for staging classes 8 & 10. Frames holders are available for class 9.
  • Jars and bottles should be labelled with approximately 20mm from the bottom of the jar to the bottom edge of the label.
  • No more than 2 entries are permitted per class per entrant. Entries to be the product of the entrant.
  • The Thorpe Cup will be presented to the exhibitor with the most points in the show excluding Class 20. Points are awarded as follows: 1st = 4pts, 2nd = 3pts, 3rd = 2pts, 4th = 1pt.
Honey Cake Recipe
  • 150g(5oz)butter
  • 175g(6oz) clear honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 110g (4oz) soft brown sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 200g (7oz) self raising flour
  • Put butter, honey, water and sugar into a saucepan and heat until fat melts, stirring all the time.
  • Leave to cool to blood temperature.
  • Gradually beat in the eggs.
  • Add sieved flour and mix until smooth.
  • Pour into a greased and lined 180mm (7inch) tin. Bake for approximately 1 hour until risen and firm to touch. 180oC, 350oF, gas 4.
  • Timing is only a guide as appliances may vary.

Entry Form

Make your entry by clicking above which will take you to the online entry form. Complete this form and then click Submit. If you cannot use this method, please contact Helen Essex on 07804666912.

Closing date for entries Monday September 18th 2023.