What’s on

Apart from a huge range of stalls and nature exhibits, food and refreshment options the festival includes a full schedule of activities which are free and open to people to just turn up and take part in on the day.

The scheduled activities are divided into three categories over three locations. Art and drama in The Art Hive; bee talks in the Bees for Development Hive; and walking talks in the Nelson Garden.

In addition to the scheduled activities, there is candle rolling, willow weaving, live music, interactive nature activities and pizza and ice cream! The perfect day out.

The festival starts at 10am with an opening ceremony and concludes at 4pm.

THE ART HIVE

There is pottery in the Art Hive with the Yat Potter, Adam Campbell, who has designed a miniworkshop for children from the age of four (under 10s to be accompanied by an adult).

The workshop explores how to make pollinators out of clay or create a bug hotel from clay tubes. Adam will kick off the festival with his first workshop at 10:15 and another one at 14:00. The numbers are capped at 15 so make sure you plan it into your schedule for the day.

The Savoy Youth Theatre is running a session of fun, games and activities in the Art Hive, giving children a chance to get involved with their performance later in the day – find your inner bee and learn the waggle dance! This session starts at 11.30. There is no age limit to this activity, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

THE BEES FOR DEVELOPMENT HIVE

The afternoon production at 15:00 will take place in the Nelson Garden. Willow’s Garden, is a production featuring lost children, imaginary friends, a desperate professor and a very lost and angry Mother Earth. Perfect for family audiences.

In the Art Hive, at 12:45, local artist Miriam Vincent, invites budding artists and nature enthusiasts to join in on a session entitled ‘Painting Nature from the Heart’.

This is open to adults and children over 10 years and promises to be an opportunity to find your inner artist and put down on canvas with acrylic paint a representation of nature drawn from your own feelings and thoughts.

 

The Bees for Development Hive houses talks which are all about the bees! Janet Lowore, Project  Director at BfD and Monica Barlow, talk about different ways to do beekeeping, useful for new and experienced beekeepers who may want to know more about the variety of skills and approaches which two beekeeping experts have employed.

At 12:30, the project team will present a talk on Bees for Development’s ongoing work making beekeeping a viable livelihood for remote communities around the world, showing who we are helping and how, featuring stunning new footage from a recent trip to Donkorkrum in Ghana.

Families will be excited to know that children’s author Meriet Duncan is in the hive at 13:45, creating a buzz about the honeybee. Meriet delivers bee talks in schools and comes with child sized beekeeping suits to try on!

As the afternoon draws on, the last talk of the hive is with Kit and Matt from Wye Valley Meadery at 15:00, come and find out about mead, how it is made and how their mead has come to win so many awards lately, tasting session for over 18s!

THE NELSON GARDEN

The walking talking sessions take place in The Nelson Garden with bee and plant experts from Monmouth. Rosi Bee who grows pollinator friendly plants sustainably in Rockfield, talks what to plant and where to support biodiversity at 10.30.

At 11:45, Wales’s top pollinator expert, Roger Ruston, explores the Nelson Garden and identifies every insect you see and finally at 14:00, Richard Dawson demonstrates why and how to keep track of the pollinators in your space.

We know biodiversity is facing huge threats and is already in a critical state. How can we help?