Today is World Bee Day – and one of Manchester’s top entertainment venues has unveiled a lineup of “buzzing summer” events to celebrate.
Printworks is dedicating the month of June to the 100,000 honey bees that live on its rooftop.
As well as announcing the packed lineup of events on the annual UN-designated World Bee Day – which is all about raising awareness of the importance of bees, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development – Printworks is also launching new pollination stations around the venue especially for the rooftop bees to enjoy.
The venue will be getting itself a fresh new look, with planters of flowers for pollination stations, three honeycomb-inspired sculptures installed outside for Mancs to take pictures with, and four wildlife-friendly planters.
On top of all the fresh flowers ready for the 2022 Manchester Flower Show, these seven installations offer a little bit more than just some colourful content an Instagram feed.
Throughout June, anyone who uploads their photo with the honeycomb planters to Facebook and Instagram tagging Printworks will be in with a chance of winning a bee-keeping experience, as well as a meal at one of Printworks’ venues.
What’s more, is that each planter contains a QR code, which can be scanned to adopt a Manchester Bee for just £2 – with 100% of the donation going to local charity, Forever Manchester.
Forever Manchester and Printworks work closely together to look after the bees that live on the Printworks roof.
Then, from 1-7 June, fans of a tipple can also take part in a cocktail trail for The Manchester Flower Show, as selected venues inside the Printworks have put their own “sting” on The Buzz cocktail – which will be decorated with unique floral garnishes and bee-themed toppers, and again, a portion of the cost donated to Forever Manchester.
Head to Frankie & Benny’s, Treetop Adventure Golf, Floripa, Hard Rock Café, Bierkeller or Cargo to check them out.
“The worker bee embodies Manchester and its people,” said Jason Shay – Centre Director at Printworks.
“We’re excited to give a little love back to our bees and our people to offer this incredible experience, while also helping our local community through our partnership with Forever Manchester [and] we’re looking forward to all the competition entries and putting the cocktails to the taste test.
“There’ll be plenty of fun for everyone with the bees being the buzz for families and our cocktail trail offering something exciting for our visitors.”
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