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The Bees' knees...World Bee Day

21 May, 2020

World Bee Day is celebrated on 20th May each year. The purpose of this international day is to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. Expo has a honey comb motif and we thought we'd explore the bee idea with games.

Did you know...?

  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip. Making it slightly less productive and enthusiastic than an average Expo visitor who of course attempts to visit every trade and in the Halls at least three times over the convention!
  • The practice of beekeeping dates back at least 4,500 years and so is only 1000 years younger than the first known board game of 3100BC.
  • Bees communicate by 'dancing'. This is also a skill adopted by some of our volunteers, visitors and exhibitors at the more exciting points of the Expo.


Here are a few bee related games which you might find are the bees knees*

Hive from Gen42 Games

An award winning board game without a board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee.

Honey Wars from Gold Seal Games

Another award winner where you and your fellow players control hives of honey bees. Defend your hives from real-world threats faced by these vital insects, harvest honey, and use cards to attack your opponents.

Waggle Dance from Grublin Games Publishing

UKGE Best Family Game winner, Waggle dance challenges you to build a beehive, collect nectar, and make honey while also being efficient, being strategic, and out manoeuvring your opponents.

Queen Bee from Elixir Board Games

Award winning 2-4 player game where you attempt to protect your Queen Bee and overthrow the other Queen Bee(s). In a 3-4 player game you will want to attack quickly because once you defeat the Queen Bee of another colony then their bees become loyal to you. 

Forage the Bee Game from Yari McGauly

Guide your beehive for one season from spring to winter in this strategic Euro-style game. The game rules mimic a real bee colony.

Which bee games do enjoy playing?

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*Although bees have jointed legs, they do not possess anything like a kneecap and therefore do not have knees, so these are special games indeed!