Blog – Bees


So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, most of us Manchester folk will be more aware by now that a colony of 101 supersize bees have landed all over our supersonic city and its surrounding towns. There’s a real buzz, pardon the pun, around this new Bee in the City trail which has really stung the city with a fun-storm. From A to bee, explore some of Manchester’s iconic sites and hidden gems between 23 July and 23 September 2018 and pay a visit to the 101 bees in their new hives.

Pick up a leaflet with a pull-out map included from Manchester Evening News, or download the app to track your trail as you visit each spot. You can unlock rewards along the way by entering the code listed on the bee. It’s the best £1.99 you can spend! What better way to spend your summer holidays?

I took a walk into town one Saturday to what the hum was all about, and suddenly we found ourselves obsessed. Joined by a friend and her eight year old son, we were really into the exploring spirit. I dare say we were having just as much, if not more, fun than he was! On a serious note, it was truly a warming sight as we explored, meeting people along our journey into the cobbled streets of the North West powerhouse we call home. Bee in the City has really been encouraging people to enter the centre with their families and it’s a lovely sight to see. We set ourselves a humble target to find between 10 and 20 bees. Yet 4 hours and 25,000+ steps later, we called it a day at 54 bees and were strangely proud of ourselves.

Each bee is unique and has been designed by different artists. Some of the most exciting I found were No. 52 Bee Live in MCR Designed by Amy Coney and sponsored by SJM Concerts. This bee is located on the corner of the Museum of Science and Industry. Painted onto their unique bee has the autographs of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Blossoms, Courteeners, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and more… Another one worth seeing is No. 23 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Designed by Liam Gallagher with Julie Dodd sponsored by Wild in Art. This bee is located inside the Corn Exchange next to No. 24 INSERT NAME. Another spot which I think is worth visiting is within the Royal Exchange Theatre where there are eight little bees each uniquely designed by local schools.

totally free to take part in the Bee in the City trail and it captures the spirit of Manchester beautifully. The art trail has been created by Wild in Art and Manchester City Council in support of the We ❤ Manchester Charity. On 17 October 2018 an auction will begin to be in with a chance of taking home your favourite piece of art home with you in order to raise as much money as possible for the We ❤ Manchester Charity. So what are you waiting for? Let’s see if you can beat me and visit more than 54 bees in one day!

Raven Twigg

Blogger at Connect In Events