Manchester – a city known by many as the second capital of the UK after London; a thriving international city and one loved by many for its great landmarks, festivals, and wide range of things to do and see.
If you are planning to be in Manchester in the near future, and especially if you are coming in with family, a must visit is the Dig The City festival launching on August 2nd. Once you have your hotel booked, you are good to go. There are many sites to use, including Last Minute and Hotel Direct to name a few, that offer hotel bookings right in the centre of town. The city is then yours to explore at your will, and the festival is yours to get to grips with, even if you aren’t a plant lover per se, what better time to start learning? A fantastic feel good atmosphere for 9 days straight that will leave you never wanting to actually leave – a great way to introduce yourself to the city at its finest hour.
For any plant lover or gardener out there, this is arguably the pinnacle of festivals, coming from all over the UK and leaving you with a huge range of things to do from up close and personal workshops, entertainment shows, and much, much more. From King Street to the Cathedral, the festival is all over the city and you can find food, flowers, nine days of gardens, and even talks from leading TV garden experts such as Diarmuid Gavin and Rachel de Thame, who better to get some gardening tips from than the experts themselves who have been there and done it all a thousand times before?
A family friendly atmosphere as always, is expected, and for the kids who turn up, and there will be lots, they can undertake adventures in the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ treehouse – we know, once you’re 12 you are practically over the hill, or sit down for some Roald Dahl storytelling, or even visit Peppa Pig and Stockley Farm in the City. We won’t ruin what else there is to do, but there are several planned surprises coming up that you won’t want to miss.
This isn’t the first plant related event to be held in Manchester, the city has previously hosted the Cold Comfort event, and even the annual Manchester Garden City event making the city a better place to live, work, and visit.
Organised and bought to Manchester by CityCo, the event aims to bring together the city centre with wannabe gardeners and unite the city into green gardeners – winning a Commendation at the UK Event Awards in 2013, the 2014 event is sure to be bigger, better, and… greener.
With 9 days of gardening fun and unexpected green turns, there really is no excuse not to visit Dig The City, and once you are done and the children tired from treehouses and pigs, don’t forget – you are in Manchester – there is still so much left for you to explore.
Head to Old Trafford arguably the most famous football stadium in the country and see just why it is known as the Theatre of Dreams with over 70,000 spectators making it their home every Saturday afternoon. A tour of the stadium is the perfect way to start the day followed by a visit to the Manchester Town Hall and a walk around the city centre itself – full of architecture and history, you just might end up falling in love with the city, and we can’t blame you.
There is no doubt to us that Manchester is one of the UK’s top cities, take a visit for yourself and find out just why 9 days of fun is never enough to truly tick the city off your bucket list, you will be back, and we shall see you there.