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Make a Manchester Bee Mosaic

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Amanda

4 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll meet outside the entrance hall at Manchester Art Gallery.
The art gallery is the perfect meeting spot where we’ll spot a few bees in the gallery. I'll explain the significance of the Manchester bee, Industrial Revolution and Cottonoplois. We'll also look at the gorgeous William De Morgan Victorian tiles and Pre-Raphaelite Art.
Then we will walk to the Waterhouse Pub to pay homage to the architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830 ~1905) who designed the gothic style masterpiece that is Manchester Town Hall and the incredible bee mosaic floor.
Walking around the outside of the Town Hall, as it is being refurbished until 2024, we will walk through Library Walk. Here we can see the cotton flower mosaic floor and spot some more worker bees.
Onto "Foundation Coffee House” Whitworth Street, where the workshop will take place for you to make your bee mosaic.
All the materials will be provided for you to make your bee.
I'll guide you through the mosaic process and technique, sharing my skills and tips on how to make the best bee mosaic.
I'm really excited about welcoming you to Manchester, you're going to have the best time. It will be an experience that is unique and I know you'll love.
Other things to note
No previous experience is needed. This will be an excellent way of meeting new people if you are travelling alone. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
We'll meet outside the entrance hall at Manchester Art Gallery.
The art gallery is the perfect meeting spot where we’ll spot a few bees in the gallery. I'll explain the significance of the Manchester bee, Industrial Revolution and Cottonoplois. We'll also look at the gorgeous William De Morgan Victorian tiles and Pre-Raphaelite Art.
Then we will walk to the Waterhouse Pub to pay homage to the architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830 ~1905) wh…

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What's included

  • Drinks

  • Tickets
    Pre booked tickets for Manchester Art Gallery
  • Equipment
    all materials & tools
From £50
/ person

Meet your host, Amanda

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 99 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello I'm Amanda, a freelance artist.
A proud Mancunian, who has over 15 years experience of making mosaics.
Manchester is an amazing City, providing such inspiration for my work, you'll love this experience as visitor to the City or a local Mancunian.
I'm known for creating mosaics inspired by the worker bee that has been Manchester's symbol for over 150 years.
Together we'll get to know Manchester by meandering through the city. You'll be inspired to create your own hexagon bee mosaic, which will be unique and yours to keep as a perfect reminder of your visit to Manchester.
Hello I'm Amanda, a freelance artist.
A proud Mancunian, who has over 15 years experience of making mosaics.
Manchester is an amazing City, providing such inspiration for my work, you'll love this experience as visitor to the City or a local Mancunian.
I'm known for creating mosaics inspired by the worker bee that has been Manchester's symbol for over 150 years.
Together we'll get to know Manchester by meandering through the city. You'll be inspired to create your own h…
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Where you'll be

We will meet outside the entrance hall at Manchester Art gallery, I will have the pre booked tickets for our visit.
After spotting some bees we will walk through Manchester streets looking up at the stunning buildings. Providing a great opportunity to photograph some of the magnificent architecture Manchester is famous for.
We’ll make our way to “Foundation Coffee House” Whitworth Street to make our Manchester Bee Mosaic

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 99 reviews.

Louise
September 2020
I highly recommend this tour. Amanda was friendly and knowledgable. We started at the Art Gallery, seeking out relevant works of art with Amanda describing the rich history of Manchester and the bees. Then a tour of the architecture hidden in broad daylight as we made a bee-line to coffee and the crafting of my very own bee mosaic. Amanda had worked hard to set up the materials and design for me to achieve my very own work of art. A wonderful experience. Thanks Amanda.
I highly recommend this tour. Amanda was friendly and knowledgable. We started at the Art Gallery, seeking out relevant works of art with Amanda describing the rich history of Ma…
Amy
March 2020
We had a absolutely great experience with Amanda doing the bee tour of Manchester and making our mosaics. Amanda was really knowledge about it all. The materials that were provided were also of excellent quality meaning that we all cant wait to put the bees up in our homes! Would definitely recommend if you would like to do something slightly different in Manchester and create your own keepsake. Thanks Amanda!
We had a absolutely great experience with Amanda doing the bee tour of Manchester and making our mosaics. Amanda was really knowledge about it all. The materials that were provided…
Abigail
March 2020
Spent a lovely afternoon with spotting things, that as someone who works in town, I would never have know or spotted without Amandas insight. A really lovely introductory walk, followed by the mosaic workshop itself, which was really informative and strangely therapeutic - would highly recommend -Thanks Amanda!
Spent a lovely afternoon with spotting things, that as someone who works in town, I would never have know or spotted without Amandas insight. A really lovely introductory walk, fol…
Gaynor
March 2020
Surprised my friend for her birthday with this making a bee mosaic . Amanda was lovely and friendly. We started at the art gallery and then walked to the town hall and library. Amanda's local knowledge was brilliant. Had great fun making the mosaic with Amanda's guidance and help when we needed it. Lovely to meet Matt and Tara as well. Amanda went above and beyond to make ita special day. Gaynor and Trudi x
Surprised my friend for her birthday with this making a bee mosaic . Amanda was lovely and friendly. We started at the art gallery and then walked to the town hall and library. Am…
Tara
March 2020
Absolutely loved the class with Amanda ❤️ was a fabulous experience and we both had so much fun! It was something I really wanted to do, partner was a skeptic and it isn't his usual kind of thing to do but he also really enjoyed himself so if amanda can convert Matt into a crafty cultural lover she's done a fab job! We would recommend to anybody and everybody!
Absolutely loved the class with Amanda ❤️ was a fabulous experience and we both had so much fun! It was something I really wanted to do, partner was a skeptic and it isn't his usua…
Julie
February 2020
This was a wonderful experience both learning about Manchester and being challenged to make the mosaic. Amanda’s passion for Manchester brought the subject to life. I love my mosaic and would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Manchester or living in the area.
This was a wonderful experience both learning about Manchester and being challenged to make the mosaic. Amanda’s passion for Manchester brought the subject to life. I love my mosa…

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    comfortable shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a bit messy in