Coronation Street legend Hilda Ogden has been recreated from flowers at The Royal Exchange in Manchester

It’s part of the Manchester Flower Festival this weekend.

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A floral tribute to Coronation Street great Hilda Ogden has appeared in the heart of Manchester this week. 

The iconic soap character has been recreated from flowers, grasses and other plant life, down to her ever-present hair curlers. 

The floral Hilda is in position at The Royal Exchange this week, ready for the Manchester Flower Festival. 

The beautiful building will also be hosting a Bee Trail treasure hunt for the occasion on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May. 

Friends, families, couples and any other fun-seekers are invited down to solve the clues and find the bees, with prizes up for grabs like a £100 voucher to spend at French Connection, Afternoon Tea for Two at Annies, a £50 floral bouquet from Royal Exchange Flowers, a meal for two at Pastan, vouchers from TGI Fridays and Michaels coffeehouse, and gifts from Hotel Chocolat, L’Occitane, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.


All you need to do is come along, pick up an entry form from one of the above-mentioned participating stores and get stuck in.

The entire city will burst into colour with blooms installed all over our shops and streets for the late May bank holiday weekend. 


You can find the floral Hilda in the Royal Exchange Arcade from today.  

The Coronation Street sculpture has been created by Royal Exchange Flowers, the stunning little florist that opened in the building earlier this year. 

She stands in a garden of late spring flowers, alongside an armchair where people can capture a selfie, with hair fashioned from various grasses wrapped around curlers underneath her head scarf and her tabard recreated from a mosaic of fresh flowers including orchids, craspedia, thistles, Limonium and chrysanthemums. 


Anyone who snaps a selfie with Hilda, then posts it on Instagram tagging @royalexchangemanchester (you need to follow the page too), could win a £50 voucher to spend at The Royal Exchange. 

How to take part in the Bee Trail for the Manchester Flower Festival

  1. Grab an entry form on the day from any of the participating outlets*
  2. Each of the clues will, when solved, direct you to a specific outlet. 
  3. Once there, locate the hidden Bee picture and note its unique number down on the entry form next to the store or eatery’s name.
  4. Once you’ve completed the Trail, fill in your contact details and hand your entry form back in to one of the participating stores so that you will be entered in to the draw.
  5. Keep your fingers crossed that you’ve won a prize! 
  6. Winners will be drawn and notified within two weeks of the closing date. 

Participating outlets: French Connection, Annies restaurant, Pastan, Royal Exchange Flowers, L’Occitane, TGI Fridays, Michaels coffeehouse, Hotel Chocolat, The Body Shop and Sostrene Grene.

The Royal Exchange Manchester Bee Trail runs all day on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May. 

And don’t forget your Hilda selfie for an extra chance to win! #HildaSelfie

Featured image: The Manc Group