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


Find out more about our sponsors and the sponsorship opportunities for your business.


Bee in the City will celebrate Manchester’s exceptional creative talent.


Find out about the Bee in the City Learning Programme and how your school can ‘bee’ involved.

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

July 06, 2018

Children and young people from across Greater Manchester took part in the Hive of Creativity Festival this week, the official launch of the Bee in the City Learning Programme. Pupils from 130 primary, secondary and....Read more

June 21, 2018

School children from across Manchester will have their artwork on display this summer as part of Bee in the City. Over 230 giant and medium-sized Bee sculptures will take to the streets from 23 July until 23 September in....Read more

June 13, 2018

Liam Gallagher has collaborated with Bee in the City on a Rock 'n' Roll Bee. He put the finishing touches to the Bee ahead of his storming set at the newly renamed Parkalife festival on Sunday. The Rock 'n' Roll Bee ....Read more

May 30, 2018

Some of the chosen designs for Bee in the City have been revealed today, giving the public a sneak preview of what they can expect when the trail comes to town. Dates have been officially announced and will see the Bees ....Read more
Learning Programme

May 11, 2018

Up to 30,000 children and young people are unleashing their creativity for Bee in the City. Presented by Wild in Art and backed by Manchester City Council, the Bee in the City trail brings 100 super-sized Bee sculptur....Read more
Virgin Trains

April 16, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Virgin Trains as Presenting Partner for Bee in the City. Visitors will be able to follow the free, accessible trail, looking out for the two Virgin Trains Bees, with help from the Bee in the ....Read more
Art Selection Event

April 13, 2018

The 180 shortlisted bee designs were unveiled for the first time this week at a private gallery event hosted by etc. venues and our Bee in the City sponsors and partners faced the very difficult task of choosing a design....Read more
Staff from Well Pharmacy with Au Bee

March 01, 2018

We are delighted to welcome national pharmacy chain, Well Pharmacy, as the first headline sponsor, and official ‘Health and Wellbeing Partner’ for Bee in the City. Manchester City Centre was treated to a dazzling pr....Read more
Au Bee

March 01, 2018

Manchester City Centre was treated to a dazzling preview of this summer’s Bee in the City trail, when a 1.8m golden chrome ‘Au’ bee toured key locations across the city. The ‘Au’ bee was spotted in St Peter’....Read more
Bee in the City Sponsors

March 01, 2018

Fifteen high-profile Manchester businesses have signed up to support Bee in the City. We are delighted to announce our first corporate sponsors (listed in order of sign-up): Pinsent Masons LLP, Manchester Central, Manch....Read more

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