The event is FREE (10am to 3pm) and is just one of the activities taking place at Manchester’s Garden Festival (from 31st July to 6th August). 

Did you know that underneath the streets of Manchester, vines twist around the subterranean canals?  Once a year these wilds below creep onto the city streets, and the secrets of wild Manchester, are revealed!   Families will enjoy this event but only if they are ready to run wild on 6th August.

Grab a magical map from the Information Point (Exchange Street) and be brave seeking out the creatures of the wild from 10am onwards. Discover their secrets, find your way through their tricks, mysteries and clues to discover the clandestine location and join them at their annual party at 3pm.  

It is advisable for families to bring along a change of clothes as the plan is to get muddy and (especially!) wet on parts of this exciting journey. 

Locations across the city will each deliver a clue.  Meet bizarre beetles, bumblebees, grasshoppers and dragonflies. Look, listen, hunt, discover secret passages and even swop nature in exchange for information.

Encounter surprising happenings and mysterious messages that suddenly appear in the most unexpected of places. Do not miss your photograph opportunity at The Botanical Collection of Curiosities.  There will be an opportunity to explore the most curious Bureau de Change and see the public premiere of The Restoration Agency, a bizarre pop up theatre installation staffed by eccentric staff determined to return lost property to their rightful owners.

You can start the adventure now by following clues, receiving top secret messages, dressing up and reading mysterious material on the Run Wild, Child website. 

Run Wild, Child is part of Dig the City's FREE family programme.

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