£: Free (some events are ticketed and will need to be booked in advance)
What is it?
Award-winning urban gardening festival Dig the City returns to Manchester, transforming the city centre into a flora and fauna wonderland. For nine days, from 2nd to 10th August, Manchester’s city centre landmarks, lamp-posts, hanging baskets and shop windows will bloom into life.
Sixteen spectacular show gardens will line the city centre streets. Specially designed and created for Dig the City, the gardens embrace and provide solutions to gardening in a small urban space.
Horticultural highlights include the floral, with Tatton Park, local landscape gardeners, charities and businesses; as well as the historical, with Ordsall Hall bringing an edible Tudor Garden to the festival. But it isn’t just flowers; magneticNorth will show a digital city garden and The Bridgewater Hall will invite visitors to create a special sound garden.
Judging the show gardens is famed TV gardener, Rachel de Thame, and the National Trust‘s city gardener, Sean Harkin. Also speaking at this year’s event is celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin. The experts will offer talks on urban gardening and landscape design; from simple digging to grand statements, and inspiration from around the globe.
Brought to you by the Manchester Women’s Institute, will be a modern take on the traditional village fête showing that today’s W.I. is about much more than ‘Jam and Jerusalem’. The city streets will boast gardens galore, flowers, food and fetes, gardening talks and master-classes, giant garden games, a beer garden, a dance among the plants disco and RSPCA dog show.
Back by popular demand is the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ campaign and the return of family favourite Peppa Pig. Providing animal attraction this year will be Stockley Farm Park, bringing a petting farm to the city streets, as well as mud pies, grass trumpets, tree decorating, kite making, wild art and dry stone walling.
More info: www.digthecity.co.uk