Run Wild, Child – Free Summer Holiday Activity in Manchester

We all love a freebie every now and then and with the expense of summer holidays being at the back of our minds, the Run Wild, Child event run by Wild Rumpus on August 6th 2015 is a fantastic free activity to enjoy with all the family!

Dig the City, Manchester City Centre, Thursday 6 August 10am – 3pm. FREE

Dig The City, Manchester’s summer garden festival and Wild Rumpus, producers of the award-winning Just So Festival invite families to Run Wild, Child, an anarchic immersive wild adventure across Manchester City Centre for a fantastical finale of Dig The City 2015.

Beneath the Manchester that you know so well, vines twist around the subterranean canals, and the wilds of Manchester live hidden underneath the streets you walk. Once a year, these wilds below creep onto the city streets, and the secrets of wild Manchester, are revealed. But only to families, who are prepared to run wild, for one short day in August.

Run Wild, Child

Arm yourself with a magical map from the Information Point (Exchange Street) and keep your wits about you to meet 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 moment of revelry of gigantic proportions at 3pm. Families who plan to run wild should come prepared to expect anything, get muddy and, in particular, get wet.

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 have appeared in unexpected places. Don’t miss your photo opportunity at The Botanical Collection of Curiosities, investigate the most curious Bureau de Change and 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.

Rowan Hoban, Director of Wild Rumpus says “We have long believed in a secret wild world underneath the streets of Manchester. We’re incredibly excited that working with Dig the City means that we can gather the families of Manchester on an extraordinary adventure to find the creatures and secrets of the wild.”

Nelson Beaumont-Laurencia, event producer for Dig the City added: “We’re delighted Wild Rumpus have joined our summer party.  Dig the City brings 7 days of amazing events and stunning show gardens to the city centre.  Our shops, bars and restaurants also go green with magnificent window displays and fantastic events and offers for our shoppers, as well as visits from Mr Bloom, the National Trust, TV’s Diarmuid Gavin and many more.  Run Wild, Child completes what is sure to be a fabulous week in the city.”

Start your adventure now. Follow curious clues, receive secret messages , dressing up and reading inspiration @_wildrumpus @digthecitymcr #RunWildChild. Join the Run Wild Child facebook page here and visit Share your experiences and photos on the day to help others follow the trail, discover the secret location and see the creatures of the wild’s annual moment of revelry.

Run Wild, Child is part of Dig The City’s free family programme. For full details see

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