Bee in the City has landed!

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s fascinating – and it will be in Manchester from 23 July – 23 September 2018

Manchester’s happy hum of creativity has become the biggest buzz around town. A colony of decorative, super-sized worker Bee sculptures brings you nine weeks of fun and fascination. After months of thinking, discussing, creating and perfecting – artists, members of community groups and young people have given flight to creativity for one of the most striking spectacles this city has ever seen. Over 100 individually – designed super-sized Bees and over 130 equally artistic little Bees (created as part of the Bee in the City Learning Programme) will bring you plenty of enjoyment as you follow the trail.

The bees have taken up new habitats across the city’s streets, parks and public spaces. Meanwhile, the little Bees are nesting in ‘creative clusters’ in museums, galleries, libraries and shopping centres. Stop by and spot them all, whilst taking in Manchester’s incredible architectural, industrial and cultural heritage.

You might even make your way to areas you’ve never explored before…

We’re sure you’ll want to Bee in the City this summer!

Big Bees

Little Bees

Trail Map

Bee an explorer! Download the Trail Map to print at home (x5 A4 pages). Pick up your free trail map in the following Bee in the City Hubs from Monday 23 July. Please check venue opening times before making a trip.

City Centre

South Manchester

North Manchester

East Manchester

The Quays, Salford

Other arts and cultural venues and libraries across the city will periodically have the trail maps in their leaflet display racks.

The Little Bee trail

Over 30,000 schoolchildren and groups from across Greater Manchester have designed their own Little Bee sculptures for the trail. They’re on display now in venues across the city. Download the Little Bee map and poster below and go on a Bee hunt!

Download the Little Bee trail map

Download the Little Bee poster

Bee in the City App

Be an adventurer – trail your trail! With your app you can: collect Bees, unlock rewards, view your trail progress, add your photos to our gallery and share on social media. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play (£1.99)*.

*From each app purchase, 25% of the net profit is donated to the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust, registered charity number 1066972.



Audio readings of the Bee in the City trail

The staff at Henshaws (with a helping hand from Apple’s synthetic ‘Samantha’ voice for one the sculptures!) have been busy bees creating audio readings of the descriptions inscribed on each of the large Bee sculptures on the Bee in the City trail. Listen to them here. 

Just find the sculpture’s unique app code (it’s on the plaque of each Bee, in the top right hand corner) that you wish to hear about, and click the audio file to hear it. Henshaws have listed the sculptures in numerical ascending order and grouped them into playlists of 10, to make it easier to sort through using VoiceOver. If there’s a particular bee you’d like to hear and are struggling to find, please get in touch with them on 0300 222 5555 or email