Louth Festival of the Bee

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Louth is soon to become a hive of activity as the town prepares to celebrate its first ever Festival of the Bee organised by Transition Town Louth and Louth in Bloom.

The Festival of the Bee begins with a Family Fun Day in Spout Yard with stalls, games and competitions on Sunday May 18 from 11am to 3pm.

A rather special art exhibition will take place in McKinnells Studio Upstairs on Vickers Lane. It will feature works by botanical artists and others who draw their inspiration from bees or flowers. This begins on Sunday May 18 through to Friday May 24. The exhibition is free to enter and open from 10am to 4pm each day.

A free Conference Day on Thursday May 23 at the British Legion Hall, Northgate, will involve bee and flower related exhibitions, stalls, workshops alongside talks about wild bees, wild flowers, beekeeping abroad and art inspired by bees.

The Festival ends with A Concert for the Bees at the Playgoers Riverhead Theatre on Sunday May 26.

A concert performance from Kelvin Thomson’s opera Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera is supported by songs of bees and flowers by local soprano Kate Witney. Tickets are £8 from Off the Beaten Tracks on Aswell Street and Royston’s Deli on Queens Street.

Biff Vernon, who is both a Louth in Bloom and Transition Town Louth representative, explained: “The East Midlands in Bloom judges were keen to see Louth become more focused on wildlife. What better way to do this than to honour the humble bumble bee. The Festival also aims to raise awareness of the significance of biodiversity and wildlife in and around Louth.

“Bees play an important part of our lives and are the reason that many foods end up on our dinner table. We hope that the Festival of the Bee will encourage everyone to come along to learn a bit more about our little pollinator friends.”

More information on the Festival of the Bee can be found at www.bit.ly/louthbees.