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There are super-sized bees all over Manchester

Alexandra Sims

Craving a different kind of buzz, away from the capital? Manchester’s emblematic worker bees have been turned into eye-popping street art for the ‘Bee in the City’ festival.

The worker bee is as ingrained in Manchester’s make-up as ‘Coronation Street’ and The Haçienda, thanks to its connections to the city’s formative textile mills, once called ‘hives of activity’.

Hundreds of super-sized honey bee sculptures are dotted around the city’s streets, covered in colourful patterns and designs dreamed up by local artists, community groups and schoolchildren.

Download the trail app and keep your eyes peeled for ‘Bee-United’ decorated in Man U colours, ‘I Wanna Bee Adored’ covered in the Stone Roses’ iconic lemon slices and the kaleidoscopic ‘LGBTQ+ Queen Bee’. We can’t think of a better reason to wing your way up north.

‘Bee in the City’ is on until Sep 23.

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