Bee in the City’s celebratory Farewell Weekend will run from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October at HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. This special event will give Bee seekers the chance to see all the giant Bee in the City sculptures together for one last time from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 October. Tickets are on sale here.
The Farewell Weekend promises to be a sight to bee-hold. All 101 of the big Bees will swarm together for one final time at the Cycling Centre, the training hub for Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic cyclists. The route will lead visitors round the venue, including the impressive Velodrome and the outside areas.
Ticket holders will be able to get up close and personal with the Bees at the Farewell Weekend before they are auctioned off to raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity. People are encouraged to ‘collect’ any Bees to complete their trail hunt, take selfies with their best Bee pal, meet members of the colony they haven’t yet seen, and take a final look at the bee-autiful designs.
There will be lots of other family-friendly activities at the Farewell Weekend. Explore all things bees and pollination with Pif Paf theatre company’s show Bee Cart and join in with Egg People’s interactive performance Waggle Dance, a high impact, interactive, playful, walkabout act the whole family will be buzzing about. There will be BMX demonstrations led by the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre team, and hula hooping sessions from Bee in the City’s Health and Wellbeing Partner Well Pharmacy.
The Farewell Weekend also boasts live music from the Skiband, an irreverent and engaging street band from West Yorkshire with a massive repertoire of songs, as well as wax candle making with Manchester and District Beekeepers’ Association. There will also be a variety of the finest street food and an art fair featuring a number of the artists from the trail including Kim Hubball, Adam Pekr, Meha Hindocha, Jayne Ford and Helen Russell.
The best way to travel to the Farewell Weekend is by Metrolink as the event is expected to be very busy. The nearest stop is Velopark which is a 5-minute walk away. You can pick up a Metrolink Family Travelcard for just £6.70, which allows group travel for one or two adults with up to three children aged up to 16 years.