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

August 10, 2018

We spent five minutes with Rachel Williams, Strategic Regeneration Framework Officer at Biffa, to find out all about the Biffa Beekeepers and how they care for the environment. Tell us a bit about Biffa. What do you do?....Read more

August 08, 2018

Lena Crowe, President of the Manchester & District Beekeepers' Association, tells us all about beekeeping for Environment and Bee Conservation week. Tell us a little about the Manchester & District Beekeepers’....Read more

August 03, 2018

Bee in the City sponsors went head to head in the Sponsor Challenge last night to raise money for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity. Representatives from 36 Bee in the City sponsors took part in the....Read more
Well summer survival tips

July 27, 2018

Bee-ing the official health and wellbeing partner of Bee in the City Well Pharmacy wants to encourage people to get active this summer. Walking is a great way to keep fit and healthy. It is also simple, easy and free. ....Read more
BITC launch

July 19, 2018

Over one hundred giant worker Bee sculptures, each decorated with its own unique design, will wing their way to Manchester from 23 July to 23 September, when the city lands one of its biggest and most spectacular public ....Read more
The Rolling Stones and SJM Bee

July 16, 2018

Some of today’s biggest-selling music artists have shown their support for Bee in the City. A-listers from the world of rock and pop have signed the Bee sculpture Bee Live in MCR, sponsored by SJM Concerts and designed....Read more

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

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