Looking to connect with nature this summer? Dig The City returns to Manchester this August as the team looks to build on their triumph last year. The urban gardening festival sprawls from King Street to Manchester Cathedral, and will contain an array of attractions to fill its nine-day duration. There will be plenty of food, picnics and music to accompany the green fingered festivities, including the Dig The City Disco on the opening night and an RSPCA-sponsored dog show on the closing day. The festival’s headline speaker is Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin, while the BBC’s Rachael De Thame will be giving talks and demonstrations all week – along with judging the show gardens. Factor in the impressive amounts of kid’s activities and you have an impressive event, which aims to highlight the growing importance of urban gardening in our cities. We particularly like the sound of giant games like space hoppers, croquet, giant Connect 4, an enormous chess set taking over King Street throughout the festival. Peppa Pig will also be appearing in the main festival hub in St Ann’s Square (Wed 6 Aug). Look out for other animals too, as Cheshire’s organic Stockley Farm comes to St Ann’s Square (Sat 9 & Sun 10 Aug).

Sat 2 – Sun 10 Aug, Around the city centre, Tel: 0161 838 3250, 10am – 7pm (11pm disco) – See website for full listings, FREE, www.digthecity.co.uk

Sat 2 Aug - Sun 10 Aug
Jonathon Butterworth
Published on:
Wed 30 Jul 2014