Monmouth Bee Festival is a family friendly event which takes place in the centre of Monmouth Bee Town. The Festival includes activities for adults and children, stall holders offering bee derived products, craft stalls, plant sales, key local environmental group displays, pizza and ice cream!

Monmouth Bee Festival is an annual event currently in its 5th year and growing rapidly. In its inception it was a family friendly occasion bringing together the local community and raising awareness of the work of Bees for Development and Bee Friendly Monmouthshire. Since then the charity has seen a growth of support across Monmouthshire and beyond, enabling Bees for Development to continue to develop sustainable projects across Sub-Saharan Africa as well as establish key policies in the UK for the benefit of the environment and bee habitats, vital contributors to the healthy biodiversity of the planet.

The Festival now celebrates Monmouth’s status as a Bee Town, continues to work with local environmentally active groups, acknowledges the incredible work and passion of beekeepers and contributors to the ongoing conservation of bee habitats and most importantly engages the public in the work of Bees for Development. We are intensely grateful to our supporters and donors whose generous contributions help to lift some of the poorest people in the world out of abject poverty and offers them a future with hope. Our projects address issues of habitat, planting trees and regenerating areas decimated by high impact agriculture.

We are actively seeking sponsors. In 2021, we had wonderful support from local businesses and individuals including Mandarin Stone, Monmouthshire Building Society and Platform 1, among others. If you would like to support us please contact . There are many ways in which you can offer your support, not just financial, and we are always grateful for everyone who contributes to the Festival.

Frequently asked questions

When is the Bee Festival?

The Monmouth Bee Festival will take place over the weekend of 2-3 July 2022.  

Is anything happening on Saturday?

On Saturday July 2 we will open gardens across Monmouth.

Download the map for more details about the bee gardens open in town. With additional green spaces in Monmouth, over 250 species of bee, free pollinator consultation and gardeners on hand to help turn your green space into something that nurtures nature and feeds the bee.

Map is available now on the Festival website.

Is there parking onsite?

There is a lot of parking in Monmouth. We have compiled a list of the larger ones which you can find in the ‘How to find us’ section above.

Is the site accessible?

Whilst the management will make every effort to ensure the site is as accessible as possible and are working with the council to achieve this, it is an entirely outdoor event which is held on grassland which may be uneven in places.  The nearest disabled parking is in Chippenham car park next to the event. There is a disabled mobile loo on site.

What happens if I become unwell at the Festival?
St John’s Ambulance will attend the Festival and be available for anyone who feels unwell. Please do not attend if you or a member of your party is displaying any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
What happens if it rains?

We like to think the sun always shines in Wales, but on the off chance that it does rain, our best advice will be to wear a coat and some wellies :). We will provide as much shelter as we can, but it is an outdoor event and we encourage guests to dress accordingly.

Are there toilets at the Festival?

Yes, there are mobile loos on site for able bodied and disabled people. Monmouth has two public toilet blocks within close proximity to the site. One at the bottom of town next to the Cattle Market Carpark, another on the corner of Agincourt and Glendower street.

Can I apply to have a stall at the Festival?

If you would like to enquire about having a stall at Monmouth Bee Festival call Emily on 01600714848. 

Where is the Monmouth Bee Festival?

The Festival is in Monmouth Bee Town, in Monmouth, S Wales. A full description of how to get here is available if you click here. The Festival is spread over two sites which lie next to each other in the middle of Monmouth. The largest site (where the main exhibition will be held) is Chippenham Fields, next to which is the Nelson Garden, a smaller, more intimate site.

Is there an entry fee?

The event is free. The Festival aims to celebrate bees and the environment and to introduce many people to the work being done a by Bees for Development. We hope to raise funds for this project and donation points will be available during the Festival. To donate click here. 

Can I walk/cycle to the Bee Festival?
Yes. You can walk or cycle to the site. Bike racks are located at the entrance on Chippenham Fields so you can leave your bike safely.
Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome on our Chippenham fields site. They must remain on a lead at all times. Please clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in the red bins provided around the fields. At this time we are unable to accommodate dogs in the Nelson Garden.

How can I join in the activities and workshops?

A schedule of activities, workshops and presentations will be published two weeks before the event. These will take place over three locations on Chippenham Fields and in the Nelson Garden. Have a look at the Festival map to plan your day, some activities have limited numbers so come early to make sure you get a place. 

Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes you can bring your own food to the Festival. There will also be plenty of food concessions on site.  No alcohol may be brought into the festival under any circumstances. A small number of stalls will be selling drinks. No spirits can be bought into the site at all.
Can I volunteer at the Festival?

We are always very pleased to hear from people who would like to volunteer with us. If you have a skill to offer or would just like to help on the day please fill in the form and we will contact you.