Hillsborough Honey Fair

Discover a world of honey

Discover a world of honey


Start date: 21 August 2021
End date: 22 August 2021

10.00 – 18.00

Ticketing information

Ticket prices for Honey Fair

Please note prices for this weekend differ from our standard admission price and include entry to the fair.

Members should book by using the Member portal and selecting the Hillsborough gardens only link to book exclusive member only slots.  Member bookings for the castle are unavailable online for these two dates but can be booked on site if required.

Honey Fair and Gardens only tickets: Adult £13.50, Child £7.00, Concessions £11.00. Family tickets are also available.

Honey Fair and Castle and gardens tickets: Adult £17.50, Child £9.00 Concessions £14.00.

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Book Honey Fair tickets Member bookings

This summer discover over 30 high quality local producers and food vendors with a wide range of local produce, including honey! All in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for a day of guided walks, demonstrations, family activities and live music.

Expert demonstrations and guided walks

  • Discover more about bees, honey, bee-friendly plants and food. Located in the stretch tent on the West Lawn, beekeeping expert Gwen Earnshaw will share fascinating insight into looking after our very own Hillsborough hives and bees!
  • Both the Dromore and Killinchy Beekeepers Associations will be answering all bee related questions, including how to get started in keeping bees and showcasing sample produce.
  • Our expert Hillsborough Castle Gardens team will take short guided walks around the Walled garden with lots of tips on how to make your garden bee friendly! Talks last approximately 30 minutes and take place every hour
  • Dermot Hugues from Forage Ireland will lead a group of up to 20 round the gardens, identifying edible plants, and what they can be used for. Walks last approximately 2 hours and take place twice a day

Family activities

Waggle Dance with Leonie Pony. Fun activity for all the family, learn a few simple dance moves with Leonie Pony and Waggle Dance like a Bee!

Live music Saturday

ARCO String Quartet – playing classical favourites, easy listening gems, jazz classics and pop covers and arrangements.

Unholy Gospel Band – five piece band playing across the genres of folk, blues, soul and country music. Featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, Jackie Wilson and much more.

Live Music Sunday 

The 77’s – two piece, energetic arrangements of popular classics

Manukahunney Blue – four piece band led by Siobhan playing everything from James Brown and Sam Cooke to Joni Mitchell, Jill Scott and Roy Ayers.

Talks are all socially distanced. Households and bubbles will be seated in clearly marked and socially distanced seating squares within the talks/performance area.  

Local producers and food vendors

We are excited to have the following local food producers and vendors selling their high quality produce.


  • Irish Black Butter
  • Hellbent
  • Noisy Snacks
  • Crawfords Rock
  • Ballylisk Dairies
  • Cavanagh Eggs
  • Buchas dog
  • Morrow Foods
  • Brownie Barn
  • Olive Tree Bakes
  • Papas Minerals
  • Dundarave Estate
  • Erin Grove Preserves
  • Fluffy Meringues
  • Mrs Smyth's Preserves
  • Ke NaKo Biltong
  • Symphonia Spirits 
  • Armagh Cider Company
  • North Down Beef Company2
  • Hovis
  • Italygnam
  • BaraBakeHouse
  • Thermomix

Art and Non Food

  • Gillian Boyd Art
  • Lauren Fowler, wood worker
  • Don't forget the dog! Dog accessories

Food to go

  • Chowder up
  • The Hatch
  • Morellis
  • Parkgate Farm
  • Fancy Fox Coffee trailer
  • Glastry Farm Ice Cream
  • SD Bells Coffee
  • The Holestone Pizza Trailer
A photograph of a cheeseboard with grapes and cheese
Photograph of Ke Nako company alongside cows in a field, featured at Hillsborough Honey Fair
A photograph of a cheeseboard with grapes and cheese
A photograph of beekeeping


Please note we will go ahead with the fair in the event of bad weather, unless there are exceptional circumstances. We will make cancellation announcements as soon as possible both through email to those who provided an address and via this webpage.  

Further FAQs will be uploaded closer to the event.  

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