The Manchester Flower Show returns this May, welcoming visitors back to the city centre with a trail of floral displays, green installations, alfresco dining and entertainment.
The city centre stages its first major reopening event post lockdown.
This year’s event, taking place from Saturday 29 May – Sunday 6 June, will see the city come together to create large-scale blooms and urban gardens, alongside the floral dressing of city centre windows, statues, lampposts, fountains and more.
Creating bold, bright and beautiful paths through the city, landmarks and streets including St Ann’s Square, King Street, New Cathedral Street, Market Street, Exchange Square, Manchester Arndale, Selfridges, The Printworks, Corn Exchange, Manchester Cathedral, Spinningfields, MOSI, Whitworth Art Gallery, Circle Square, Stevenson Square, Spinningfields, Great Northern Warehouse and First Street will all come into bloom for the nine day festival.
Manchester flower show returns to the city : Image credit THE Carl Sukonik @thevainphotos
Organised by CityCo and Manchester Business Improvement District (BID), this year’s event moves away from a traditional flower show to a festival of flowers bringing vibrancy and colour to all corners of the city, helping visitors rediscover Manchester city centre in a Covid-safe way.
Businesses across the city are being encouraged to take part and get creative with pop-up urban gardens, floral displays, window dressing or by creating themed menus and cocktails.
The Manchester Flower Show has historic roots in the city, launching in 1955 and running for nearly 50 years.
Following a 15 year hiatus, it returned as part of the city’s King Street Festival three years ago but this year’s event will be the first standalone Manchester Flower Show since 2003.