Returning following a successful 2021 event, The Manchester Flower Show is set to bloom once again, brightening up the lovely streets of our city this summer. Confirming the news over on their website, CityCo and Manchester BID will work with their partners and networks to bring colourful flower installations, outdoor dining areas and a ‘citywide green takeover’ – and they’ve even called on local businesses to get involved to help the event come back with a bang.
Spanning across the entire city between June 2nd and June 5th, visitors will be able to experience a stunning trail of flowers and greenery around every corner – with areas such as Deansgate, St Anne’s Square, Market Street and Exchange Square getting in the botanical spirit. Yep, when we say the entire city, we mean it.
Businesses involved include King Street Townhouse, El Gato Negro, Flight Club, The Printworks and the Corn Exchange, with many more signed up this year for the beautiful celebration of all things floral. And like that wasn’t enough already, a number of Manchester’s best bars will be whipping up some floral-themed cocktails for the occasion, with an official Flower Show Cocktail Trail taking place for the duration of the festival.
This year, there’ll also be a wonderful Afternoon Tea Trail, too (very Royal!), alongside plenty of Jubilee-themed activities in celebration of the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee. Floral displays will also be celebrating the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch, with plenty of red, white and blue set to paint the streets of the city.
Since 2018, the event has taken place as part of the annual King Street Festival, however, has expanded over the years to bring a little bit of colour to the rest of the city centre.
The region’s best floristry and gardening talent will team up for the occasion, turning shop windows, lampposts, vintage cars and even pop-up gardens into floral pieces of art.
Here’s where to find the Jubilee-themed installations:
- The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Urban Garden in St Ann’s Square
- The Crown Jewels at Royal Exchange
- Horse Play on King Street
- Changing the Guard in St Ann’s Square
- The Ju-Bee-Lee Garden on King Street
- Queen of Pop on New Cathedral Street
- The Jubilee Kiosk on King Street
- The Commonwealth Tuk-Tuk on New Cathedral Street
- The Crown in Manchester Arndale
- Queen Bee in Manchester Arndale
Here’s where to find the Manchester Flower Show cocktails:
- All Bar One, King Street
- El Gato Negro, King Street
- Franco Manca, King Street
- Grand Pacific, Spring Gardens
- Habas, Brown Street
- Harvey Nichols Second Floor Deli
- Harvey Nichols x Manchester Gin Bar, New Cathedral Street
- Kala, King Street
- Kuoni Mocktail, King Street
- Miller & Carter, King Street
- Pot Kettle Black, Barton Arcade
- Rosso, Spring Gardens
- Starbucks, St Ann’s Square
- Tast Catala, King Street
- The Botanist, Deansgate
- Urban Playground, Manchester Arndale
For more information and for a full view of what to do and where to go during the festival, head over to the website here.
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