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A colony of giant Bee sculptures is winging its way to the streets of Manchester this summer…

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are bringing all of Manchester’s communities together for Bee in the City, one of the most spectacular public art events the city has ever seen.

Over 100 Bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene.

We have teamed up with Far East Consortium (FEC), developers of MeadowSide for the wonderful Bee In The City to bring you the bee named “Cottonopolis”. The four feet high, 3D bee construction, has been designed and painted by York-based artist, Leah Pendleton, who has drawn inspiration from Manchester’s role in the industrial revolution as home to fabric production.

Leah’s design features spools of bold, coloured thread reflecting the vibrancy of the city weaved together against a black background alluding to the dark, smoky skies that hung over Manchester in its cotton producing heyday.

The bee has been created in an art studio in Mayfield Depot in central Manchester and will be unveiled when it is moved to Angel Meadow, which was at the heart of the cotton producing district and housed many of the industries’ workers, on 17 July.

It will join 100 other bees on an art trail that is being plotted across Manchester by public art curators, Wild In Art, and it is anticipated that over one million visitors will follow the trail, via an app and a printed map. The art trail campaign aims is to raise over £300k for The Lord Mayor’s We Love MCR Charity when all the bees are auctioned in October this year.

To reward visitors to the bee we have created a honey-inspired dessert. The ‘Milk and Honey’ Dessert will be free to the first five visitors each day who unlock the reward on their Bee in the City app when they visit the Cottonopolis bee located at Angel Meadow. Made from honey, condensed milk ice cream, yuzu, caramalised chocolate, peanuts and honeycomb and served in a honey pot with a stick covered in honey by its side, the irresistible dessert will also be available at Cottonopolis for £6 per serving during the course of Bee in the City project and £1 will be donated to the charity for each sundae served.


  • Each day from 23 July – 23 September 2018 FIVE Milk and Honey desserts will be available each day at Cottonopolis Food and Liquor, 16 Newton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2AE (0161 236 5144) for people who unlock the password on the Bee in the City app at MeadowSide, the development at Angel Meadow.
  • The free desserts as part of this promotion will be provided on a first come and first serve basis each day and logged by the duty manager.
  • Visitors to Cottonoplis can purchase the Milk and Honey desserts at £6 each during the Bee in The City promotional period (23 July- 23 September). A donation of £1 per dessert will be given to the We Love MCR charity at the end of the promotion.