Bee in the City Weekender

Date & Time
City centre

Manchester’s Business Improvement District (BID) works with partners, retailers and cultural venues to host an event in the heart of the shopping district each summer.

From 2013-2015, the BID delivered Dig the City, Manchester’s summer garden festival which attracted more than 1 million people and won RHS, tourism and event awards. We followed this with One Big Summer Weekend in 2016 and 2017, a collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival.

Our summer events are family-friendly, aimed at attracting visits and spend during the usually quieter period for retailers. We host garden areas, alfresco food and drink, street entertainment, markets, art and live music. We promote through our city marketing partnerships and PR.

Our 2018 summer event in collaboration with public art exhibition Bee in the City will take place over the weekend of 28-29 July: the Bee in the City Weekender.

Bee in the City Weekender: Take Part 

We’re looking for partners to deliver bee-themed talks for our New Cathedral Street stage, workshops, demonstrations, market traders, musicians and more during the weekend.

For more information please email

Bee in the City: Sponsor a Bee 

A giant colony of more than 80 super-sized bee sculptures will wing their way to Manchester this summer from 23 July – 23 September 2018.

The Bee in the City world-class sculpture trail is inspired by Manchester’s celebrated worker bee emblem which has been part of the city’s heraldry for over 150 years and is synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering and creatively industrious spirit.

The trail will be on display throughout the city for nine weeks for Mancunians and visitors to enjoy whilst taking in the city’s landmarks, cultural gems and areas they may not have explored before.

Sponsorship of the bees is available to all Manchester business and individuals. Benefits include:

  • 12 month association with a high profile and media friendly event
  • Marketing and brand exposure; logo and descriptor on your Bee’s plaque, adoption certificate
  • Logo on the Bee in the City website
  • Logo on the Bee in the City app plus product/service integration with the app rewards
  • VIP tickets to Bee in the City events
  • Enhanced relationships with key stakeholders including other Bee in the City supporters
  • Account management support

Over 300 artists well-known, emerging and as yet, undiscovered have submit designs that are presented to sponsors who select their own unique piece of artwork at a special event on the 9th April. Sponsors can then work with the artist to potentially make some changes on the design.

To discuss Bee sponsorship please email