Dig the City 2015, in pictures: Don't miss this

Polly Checkland Harding

With three days left of Manchester’s Dig the City 2015, we thought we’d come up with a little encouragement for anyone who’s not yet been…

We spent yesterday afternoon wandering happily between show gardens, stalls selling plants and honey, and, yes, pop-up cocktail stands. There really is nothing like Dig the City; it brings stunning greenery to a city notoriously reluctant to encourage plant life, turning Manchester’s streets into vibrant, colourful corridors where you can play giant chess and hear some of Manchester Jazz Festival‘s excellent musicians play amongst the foliage (did we mention the cocktails, too?).

The city never gets more beautiful than this

So, if you’ve not yet had a chance to explore, use your lunch hour or go after work – as we hope the pictures below will prove, the city never gets more beautiful than this.

Round plants as part of Dig the City

Art installation as part of Dig the City

Flower bed with wooden bee

Sign from flowers saying Flourish

Bee hive amid flowers

Chess game outdoors

Bunting along a rail

Planter with flowers in it

Shed next to Manchester statue


Couple on a bridge surrounded by trees

Milk bottles with plants in them

Photo of boxes of flowers with plastic lobster


Culture Guides

Tours and Activities

We round of this month’s best Tours and Experiences in Manchester and the North. From behind scenes tours of galleries and theatres, to walking tours of the cities we love to getting getting hands on creative and sampling food and drink.

William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitworth


What connects fairies, legacies of rebellion, ceramics, and theories of time and space? This month’s Exhibitions Guide, naturally.



Performance can happen anywhere. This month’s guide is packed with site-specific stuff – theatre in a cathedral, a museum, a coffee shop and even on a Lancashire cliff-top. Don’t believe us? Read our guide.


This month we’ve got overlooked Indian cinema, French feminist masterpieces and some spooky goings on…

Liverpool's Dream Giant Spectacular courtesy Culture Liverpool


Digital waterfalls, spectacular high wire walks, the best end of summer festivals for families, immersive screenings of The Witches and adult comedy where babies are definitely welcome. Get those family diaries out. There’s a LOT of good stuff coming your way.

Liz Berry


All our favourite regular nights are back after their summer hols, there are launches and one-offs a-go-go, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for October’s Manchester Literature Festival and the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival.


This month’s music guide showcases the best northern gigs in the best northern venues, from the grandeur of RNCM’s concert hall to the sweat-on-the-ceiling basement of Partisan.