Dig The City 2014

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The UK's biggest urban gardening festival is back. Dig the City will blossom across city centre Manchester from Saturday 2 – Sunday 10 August 2014. From King Street to the Cathedral with food, flowers and an urban take on a country fête. Nine days of gardens galore, pop-up picnics and masses to do and dig for kids. Horticultural highlights include award-winning TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and BBC gardening expert Rachel de Thame. Transforming Manchester into a green paradise, this year's theme is 'Grow Your Own'. The event will be a treat for all the senses, showcasing inspired city gardening ideas alongside expert talks, masterclasses, arts, crafts and flower markets and children’s activities to keep green-fingers entertained - during the day and after work. Show gardens will line the streets of Manchester’s busy shopping district, with an impressive line-up from around the UK including an interactive Japanese garden from the world-famous horticultural destination, Tatton Park, and bee-friendly designer gardens inspired by city living. Back by popular demand is the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾” campaign for kids 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, alongside kid’s gardening workshops hosted by The Royal Exchange, giant games and more. The Women’s Institute urban fete will showcase the biggest vegetables, best flower displays and tastiest bakes Manchester has to offer, while pampered pooches will be vying for Gold in the RSPCA Dog Show. City centre retailers will be embracing the green spirit with floral themed events in store and not to be missed window displays. Foodies will be spoilt for choice from pop-up picnics, to exquisite street food to gardening inspired tasting menus by some of the region’s top chefs. Visitors can unwind at the Festival Hub bar and beer garden and soak up the live music by day, or dance amongst the plants by night at the Dig the City disco.

Further information

Opening Hours:

2nd-10th August, 10:00-18:00.


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