Hundreds of visitors
enjoyed a sunny day at Lacock Abbey learning about bees and beekeeping.
The popular annual bee and honey day, organised by Melksham and District Beekeeping Association, returned to the Botanic Gardens of the abbey on Sunday.
Ann Cox, a gardener at the abbey and a member of the association, said: “It was a great day. I think we get a lot of people who come back again and again because they enjoy it so much.
“We had 1,200 people there over the day, which is fantastic, and we were fortunate with the weather.
“There was a horrendous thunderstorm to start with, but then it turned into a really lovely day.”
Among the attractions was an observation hive, where visitors could see bees behind glass, and an empty hive so people could see the intricacy of the real thing.
There was also mead and honey tasting, a honey hoopla where contestants could win a jar of honey, and activities for children including beeswax candle rolling.
Around 50 of the association’s 120 members helped perform demonstrations and answer questions about the art of beekeeping.
Ms Cox said: “We sold out of honey, which was really excellent.
“We had lots of people asking really good questions who were curious about bees and looking after them.”
The next meeting of the association is on September 24 at Broughton Gifford Village Hall.
All are welcome to attend.