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Bee in the City

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If you’re looking for a break from work and want to get outside to enjoy the (unusually) sunny weather, why not check out the Bee in the City trail.

From 23 July until 23 September Manchester is hosting one of the most colourful and vibrant public arts events the city has seen. Over 100 bee sculptures have been placed around the city, and you can follow the trail, for free, from Heaton Park all the way to Manchester Airport. You may have already spotted a few colourful bees around campus. There’s the Love Bee outside St Peters House and the Bee Inspired bee in the John Owens Quad.


Each bee sculpture has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of the city. There’s even a bee that was designed by student Kelly Stanford, who graduated from the University this summer in History of Art. You can see Kelly’s STEM Bee just outside Oxford Road Station. Along the trail you can find out more about Manchester’s industrial, architectural and cultural heritage, and you might even discover some new places you never been before.


You can find out more about the trail and the artists here.