You can adopt your very own bee this Christmas to raise money for charity

Did you know Printworks is actually home to more than 100,000 honey bees on its rooftop garden?

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th December 2020
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Mancunians are being given the chance to adopt their very own bee this Christmas while raising money for a worthy cause in the process.

We all know that Manchester and bees go hand in hand.

While there is said to be over 250 species of ‘solitary bee’ buzzing around in Britain, the ‘worker bee’ is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester, denoting Mancunians’ hard work ethic, the city being a hive of activity, and representing a sense of unity at times when it’s needed most.

Bees have been an emblem for the city for over 150 years, which is why getting to adopt your very own couldn’t be a more perfect Christmas present for a proud Mancunian, and Printworks – Manchester’s “number one hive of entertainment” – has launched an ‘Adopt a Bee’ campaign to raise much-needed funds for Greater Manchester’s communities. 

You may not know it, but Printworks is actually home to more than 100,000 honey bees on its rooftop garden.


How brilliant is this?

And the entertainment complex is this year offering the people of Greater Manchester the unique chance to adopt one of these bees in aid of Forever Manchester – a charity that raises money to fund and support community activity right across the region.


For just £2 each, or £25 for one of its four Queen Bees, you can “bee-come” an adoptive parent.

Speaking on the ‘Adopt a Bee’ campaign, Adam Jackson – Marketing Manager at Printworks – said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone, but especially so for our underprivileged communities in Greater Manchester who have been hit hardest by local lockdown restrictions.

“With the bee such an iconic symbol in Manchester, we wanted to give Mancunians the chance to adopt their own or give their loved ones a unique gift that also helps our local community when they need it most.”


Printworks is home to four beehives – each housing between 30,000 and 40,000 bees – and it has already previously raised money for charities Forever Manchester, The Booth Centre and Volition through selling jars of its hard-working bee’s honey.

You can find more information and adopt a bee via the Printworks JustGiving page here.