Honey Show & Convention 2022

Saturday 15th October 2022 – 09:00 – 16:30


South Staffordshire & District Beekeeping Association would like to invite our Members to this year’s Honey Show & Convention.

You will have the opportunity to enter any of the 23 honey show classes, hear John Goodwin tell us about his deliberations whilst open judging, and listen to two presentations by Professor Stephen Martin of the University of Salford.

This is a face-to-face event, so it is an opportunity to meet and catch up with fellow beekeepers.


The event is ticket only due to the space available at the venue and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets are £10.00 per person which includes a buffet lunch, and afternoon tea and cake.

To register for Tickets, please completed the form below:


Honey Show Classes

The Honey Show classes are free to enter, and entries must be taken to the Honey Show Drop Off Point on the evening of Friday 14th October from 17:00 – 18:00 or the morning of Saturday 15th October between from 8:30 – 9:30.

To enter into the Honey Show classes, please completed the form below, with your details and indicate which classes you’d like to enter:


Honey Tasting Competition

Members are also welcome to bring along an unlabelled 1lb jar of their honey for entry into our Honey Tasting Competition. Throughout the day, you will be able to taste and vote for your favourite.

On the day ….

A buffet lunch will be served in the Café area and include a selection of freshly made sandwiches on a variety of breads, hand cut chips and ready to eat fresh fruit platter.

Afternoon tea and coffee will be served with a range of homemade cakes.

There will be an opportunity to taste and vote for your favourite member’s honey. This will be in the café area and the tasting will close at 15:30.

Why not take part in our Honey Show raffle and be in with a chance of winning great prizes, the proceeds of which will support the association to purchase new smokers for our 2023 season.

There will be an opportunity to purchase club merchandise and order jars, Ambrosia, and fondant.

Our Judge and Speaker

Honey Show Judge – John Goodwin

John runs between 20 and 30 colonies in several apiaries from the southern to the northern boundaries of Cheshire and operates apiary migration to various crops including: OSR, phacelia, buckwheat, and heather.

John is BBKA National Honey Judge and a BBKA Honey Judge Assessor. In a normal year he judges at between 10 and 15 honey shows as well as exhibiting at several shows himself.  He is a Director of Nantwich Show and manages the annual Cheshire beekeepers honey show.

He is the author of the recently published book: “Honey Show Classes.”

Speaker – Professor Stephen Martin of the University of Salford

Stephen has studied social insects (bees, wasps, termites and ants) for most of his career. His areas of specialisation are the ‘hornet ecology’, ‘pest and diseases of honeybees’ and ‘chemical ecology of ants’. He holds a Chair in Social Entomology in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at Salford University, Manchester. Prior to that he spent 12 years working at Sheffield University, 7 years with the National Bee Unit and 7 years in Japan conducting research into hornets.

Stephen is best known for his work on the Varroa mite and its association with viruses, especially the Deformed Wing Virus, but more recently his expertise in hornet biology is in demand, both nationally and internationally. His team of researchers at Salford, funded in part by beekeepers, are using the very latest molecular methods to read the genetic code of the DWV virus. The aim is to understand why some honey bee colonies have become naturally tolerant to Varroa and see if this information can provide beekeepers with a long-term solution to the problem.

We would like to thank those who have helped to bring our first combined honey show and convention to fruition including staff at the Northfield Centre, and all our volunteers.