Bee-yond Expectations

We are delighted to be part of the ‘Bee in the City’ project this summer in Manchester! The project is run by the organisation ‘Wild in Art’ and Manchester City Council, and consists of over 100 bee sculptures scattered across Manchester, with each unique bee designed by a different artist and representing a different aspect of Manchester.

Our 'Bee-yond Expectations' Bee!

Our ‘Bee-yond Expectations’ bee sculpture has been kindly sponsored by the NHS, and is sensory themed so has tactile and multi sensory elements. Our artist is Monique,  known more commonly by her artistic name ‘Wild Portrait Artist’, and we were thrilled to partner once again with Anne Hornsby from Mind’s Eye to provide audio description!

Where can you find our Bee?

Our Bee (app code 4352) has taken up residence outside the Women’s and Children’s Unit at North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall. Press the button located on the front of the dome between the Bee’s front legs, and listen to our immersive audio description accompanied by real recordings of bees, provided by sound artist Dan Fox.

Henshaws' bee sculpture ready to go; the bee is over 5 foot, and has different tactile elements including honey comb eyes and luminescent paint on the body.

To celebrate the 'Bee in the City' trail across Manchester we are selling some limited edition Henshaws pink bee badges. There are only a limited number of these badges available so order yours now to ensure you don't miss out!

Buy one of our 'Bee-yond Expectations' Bee Badges

Don’t forget to take photos of yourself with our bee, and tag us in with the hashtag #beeyondexpectations so we can share it on our Facebook and our Twitter pages!

Audio readings of the Bee trail

The staff here at Henshaws (with a helping hand from Apple’s synthetic ‘Samantha’ voice for one the sculptures!) have been busy bees; creating audio readings of the descriptions inscribed on each of the Large Bee sculptures from the Manchester Bee in the City Trail.

Just find the sculpture’s unique app code (it’s on the plaque of each Bee, in the top right hand corner) that you wish to hear about, and click the audio file below to hear it. We’ve listed the sculptures in numerical ascending order and grouped them into playlists of 10, to make it easier to sort through using VoiceOver. If there’s a particular bee you’d like to hear and are struggling to find, please get in touch on 0300 222 5555 or email

Bee app code numbers 1010-1070

Bee app code numbers 1076-2009

Bee app code numbers 2015-2069

Bee app code numbers 2075-3251

Bee app code numbers 3257-3311

Bee app code numbers 3317-3371

Bee app code numbers 3377-4262

Bee app code numbers 4268-4322

Bee app code numbers 4328-4382

Bee app code numbers 4388-4442