Dig the City

The festival was the BID’s first major event and ran for three consecutive summers from 2013-2015. It was hosted for shoppers, workers, families and day-trippers at the start of the summer holidays – traditionally a quieter time of year for retail.

Event headlines

  • Spectacular Show Gardens and floral installations across the streets from Frog Flowers, RHS Tatton, Coronation Street The Tour and Manchester City Council, Kew Gardens, The Moss Cider Project, Incredible Edible, Hulme Community Garden Centre, IWM North, Reaseheath College, Andy Walker, Landscape Institute NW, Dreamscape, Sue Jeffries, Chorlton Post Box Cafe, Cabbages and Nettles, Geoff Fisher, Gorgeous Gorse Hill, Planit-IE and Pendleton Together, Real Food Wythenshawe, Sow the City, Turton Tower Kitchen Garden Group, University of Salford
  • BBC gardening favourite Diarmuid Gavin
  • After-work parties and giveaways from MCR’s top shops including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Jigsaw, Manchester Arndale and Molton Brown
  • One Big Shopping Weekend with a touring street fashion show, treats and discounts galore
  • Fun for little ones with the National Trust, Cbeebies Mr Bloom and a fantastical family finale by creators of Just So Festival, Wild Rumpus
  • Northern Soul & 1920s Speakeasy DJ nights in the Den
  • Musical merriment at the Bridgewater Hall Bandstand, and takeover by Manchester Jazz Festival
  • Flower markets, horticultural stalls and talks
  • Alfresco eating and drinking at the Harvey Nichols Grey Goose Terrasse, San Carlo Selfridges van, Moss Cider Project, Budvar Bar and Dig the City Den
  • See the photos


With thanks to

Our sponsors, supporters and partners for making Dig the City such a success, including NCP, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (Metrolink), National Trust, Salford City Council, Visit Manchester, Great Grass, Astra Signs, Grono, Gabriel Ash, Viridor, Revive Compost, Recycle for Greater Manchester, Saige Decking, Clas Ohlson, DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester and Manchester Evening News.