Bee in the City Farewell Weekend

Written by Go See This contributor, Molly Court.

There’s been quite the buzz around Manchester this summer as 101 giant sized bee sculptures swarmed across the city, taking part in Wild in Art’s latest project.

Visitors have been able to follow Bee in the City’s trail over the past few months, which has been quite the attraction around the city’s landmarks and suburbs.

For one last time, the Bees gathered at the National Cycling Centre to celebrate the end of the trial. Bee hunters were able to say their final goodbye before more than 70 of them are auctioned off for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity later in the week.

However, before the Bees fly off to their forever homes, the UK’s first ever indoor Olympic track and home of British Cycling hosted a celebratory Farewell Weekend. Bee enthusiasts were able to take their final selfies, get up close and personal with their favourite Bee and meet members of the colony for the first time.

Accompanied by 15,000 visitors, the uniquely designed bees were displayed outside and around the Velodrome (the busiest in the world). Not even Storm Callum could rain on this parade as bee lovers made their way around food stalls, an art fair and a Bee in the City pop up shop to name a few.

Bee lovers were entertained by a swarm of human-like bees from Egg People’s Waggle Dance getting up to mischief throughout the event, as well as music from Skiband and Pif-Paf’s Bee Cart (Bee Guides Bombus and Borage were full of bee wisdom).

Well Pharmacy, the official Health and Wellbeing Partner of Bee in the City were on hand for a go at ‘Rockahula’ as throughout Bee in the City they have offered free ‘Feel Good Friday’ sessions.

A special feature of the event was being able to have a nosey at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre itself, including the cycling facilities and watching training cyclists. The track is arguably the fastest and most iconic, with a 2000 seated indoor BMX track (the UK’s only one). The venue is used seven days a week by cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

For those who aren’t too good at goodbyes, it doesn’t stop just there. All the community bees designed by schools and community groups throughout the borough, will be taking to their hives as a lasting legacy of Bee in the City in Manchester.

Hilda Bugdeb
Hilda Bugden

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