Discover Manchester as you follow the trail of 100+ giant bees and over 125 bees created by young people.


Bee sociable and look out for a hive of bee-themed activities and events alongside the Bee in the City trail.


The Bee in the City pop-up shop is in the Corn Exchange. Get your hands on all sorts of ‘sweet’ bee goodies!


Bee in the City celebrates Manchester’s exceptional creative talent.

What’s the buzz about?

A colony of giant Bee sculptures is winging its way to the streets of Manchester this summer…

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are bringing all of Manchester’s communities together for Bee in the City, one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen.

Over 100 Bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. An inspirational learning project will give schools, colleges and community groups the chance to take part.

Join the trail from 23 July until 23 September 

The buzz about town

September 19, 2018

With the help of passers-by in Piccadilly Station, 15-year-old Talia and artist Jodie Silverman have painted a little Bee as part of an initiative by Virgin Trains, a presenting partner of Manchester’s buzzing public a....Read more

September 18, 2018

After a buzzing summer the Bee in the City art trail finishes on Sunday, which means all 101 big Bees by artists and community groups will be flying away from their trail locations to get ready for the Farewell Weekend. ....Read more

September 18, 2018

It’s been fantastic to see the city and visitors embrace Bee in the City. This summer’s art trail of Bees has attracted thousands of people to Manchester to explore its incredible architectural, industrial and cultu....Read more
Team GB cyclists with Bee

September 17, 2018

Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Elinor Barker sign a Bee at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre, the venue for next month’s celebratory Bee in the City Farewell Weekend. Their signatures can now be seen on I’d Ra....Read more

September 10, 2018

We’ve teamed up with author Helen Jukes and publisher Simon & Schuster to help say thank you for unlocking the Bees more than 1 million times on the art trail. A record-breaking 1 million Bee ‘unlocks’ have be....Read more

September 06, 2018

The worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester. Unique to the city, it has been an iconic part of Manchester’s coat of arms since the 1800s.  Manchester’s main symbol, evident throughout the city, wa....Read more

September 05, 2018

Bee in the City is raising money for the Lord Mayor of Manchester's We Love MCR Charity. We spent 5 minutes with their Development Manager Laura Baynham-Hughes to find out more about the charity's vital work. Tell us ....Read more

August 30, 2018

Event producers Wild in Art have teamed up with digital marketing agency Mediaworks and animation studio Factory to create their most advanced app yet. Ten years since Wild in Art’s first event, the public art special....Read more

August 23, 2018

Bye-bye Bees! See all of the big Bees together for the last time at the Bee in the City Farewell Weekend Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October at HSBC UK National Cycling Centre Tickets £2.50 - £15.00 (under 5s go free) ....Read more

August 22, 2018

For Freedom week we spoke to Helen Antrobus, Programme Officer at the People’s History Museum, to find out why Manchester has always been home to radical thinkers. What do you think makes Manchester so radical? Man....Read more

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