We spent last weekend doing the very impressive bee trail in Manchester. There are about 100 giant bees decorated by artists and 130 smaller bees decorated by schools so it’s quite a large trail that might keep you busy all summer long. I can’t remember Manchester ever having something like this before although, on our hunt, we were told by one random couple that they had some equally impressive cows a few years ago.
It’s such a fun family thing to do and I think I discovered little bits of Manchester I keep missing as some kind of blind spot. The weather was lovely and we started meeting lots of other friendly bee hunters along the way and talking about how beautiful the bees were, how hot and lovely the weather was and how it was such a nice thing to bring people together.
We only managed about 25 and really want to go back and find the rest, although we probably won’t find the ones scattered in the more suburban areas of Manchester.
If you do go then it’s best to not do it on a Sunday as some key places that contain some of the bees will be closed. I’m tempted to book a day off work to try and find another chunk of them! Along the way we bumped into Alan Turing sat on his bench in Sackville gardens, along with the bee designed in his honour. He was a big deciphering code breaking genius and played an instrumental part in World War II. We learnt a lot about him at uni and I’ve always been a bit of a fan, probably because he was essentially a hacker; something I always wanted to be but obviously am not (or am I? Haha). His achievements have always amazed me, and one day I intend to visit Bletchley Park to experience the full code breaking experience, as nerdy as that sounds. If you’ve watched the imitation game then you’ll know what I mean. For years I’ve been meaning to visit the little bench he sits on and finally, following the bees meant we got to say hello.