The Monastery

Whats On & Sunday Diary

We are open to the public most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm unless a special event is taking place. Refreshments are available in the Friars Pantry and there is free on-site parking.

For all enquiries contact the Sales Team by phone 0161 223 3211 or email Our office hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

Whats On

See the heritage restoration of the former church and friary. Soak up the atmosphere of Pugin’s architectural masterpiece. Walk the cloisters and enjoy the friary gardens. Delicious refreshments, home baked cakes and cream teas available all afternoon in the Friars Pantry. Enjoy family activities, inspirational talks and concerts. Everyone Welcome.

Entry is free, unless otherwise specified.

* We are open to the public free of charge most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm, unless a special event is taking place in the Great Nave (see listings below for details of each event). We are open as usual when talks/tours are taking place (see below).

*The First Sunday of every month is reserved for atOne events, with £20 admission (including £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry if pre-paid before midday on the preceding Friday). See listing below.

* Sorry, we are closed to the public for private events on:
9th November

* We are open but admission fee applies on:
7th Dec - atOne Christmas Celebration (please see listing below)
14th Dec - Gorton Philharmonic concert (please see listing below)

To suport our fundraising and our Angels Appeal, please click below:

Most Sundays
12:00 - 4:00pm
*see exceptions

Free Entry
Donations Welcome

Tours and Talks at Gorton Monastery

With Ed Glinert

Ed Glinert, Manchester Historian and founder of City Life magazine and Manchester Walks, presents a series of Talks based at the Monastery. He describes its history in the context of the exciting times of Victorian and post-Victorian Manchester and the wider world. Extremely good value at £7.50 per person.

The Friars Pantry is open afterwards for delicious homemade drinks, snacks and light refreshments.

Talks about Gorton and Gorton Monastery may include a short walk around the local vicinity, weather permitting.

Sun 16 Nov - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 23 Nov - Marx and Engels in Manchester

Please click More Info to book online or call (0161) 223 3211 to book over the phone with a debit card.

12:00- 1:00pm
£7.50 per person
booking advised

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Magic of Life Festival

You are invited to a new Free Family Festival

This event marks the beginning of Awespace, an exciting new collective of artists, musicians, academics and creatives in Manchester who have come together to co-create positive change in our society and education.  It is also the launch of our first book and music CD....and it is all very exciting.

At 1pm, there will be a live performance of the Lottery and Arts-council funded 'The Enchanted Child Musical Play', based on a book written by psychologist Dr. Jeannine Goh.  It is an inspirational tale of wonder and awe with shadow puppetry, yoga/meditation, performances and dance from children from three Manchester primary schools.

We have also collaborated with very talented musicians and producers to create the music for the performance and this will be performed live during the show. The grand finale of the show will be an all-singing all-dancing lantern parade... AND if you arrive at 12 noon, GRUMPY the arts charity will help you and your child create their own lantern, so that they can join in the celebration parade.

From 12-5pm we have hand-picked and selected some amazing one-off festival based workshops (funded by The Lottery and the Royal Society of Arts), entertainment and music to thrill and enthrall  you. We have a fun-filled educational trail of activities to explore some of the wonders in life.  These include pioneering nature-based workshops with puppetry and famous forager Robin Harford (who we have challenged to forage in Gorton), Noisy Toys are running awe-inspiring experiments with sound, Badaboom's upcycled costume emporium and photo booth, healing music, love letter workshops, story-telling, grandmother wisdom and much much's going to be lots of fun.

For FREE tickets visit:

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For more about Awespace visit: (website launched 10 November)

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SUN 23 NOV 2014
12:00 - 5:00pm

Performance 1:00 - 2:00pm

Saving Gorton Monastery

Talk, lunch and tour with Elaine Griffiths MBE

Co-founder of the Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust
Hear Elaine’s personal story of the campaign to save the Monastery from dereliction and ruin. See the stunning interior of EW Pugin’s gothic treasure. Discover why Manchester’s Taj Mahal was built in Gorton. Her passion for the buildings and the people that built them and treasured them as a key part of the local community shines through in a series of talks. All include a delicious homemade two or three course lunch* (see details below), cooked with love and served with soul.

To join a tour and for dates and availability please telephone 0161 223 3211 or email

All Elaine Griffiths talks must be pre-booked.

Various dates
11:30 - 2:00PM
Packages £9.95 to £24.95 per person

atOne at The Monastery

One Sunday a month dedicated to the Spirit of Life. Inspirational speakers, music and dance workshops, healing, massage, meditation and walking the labyrinth, on the first Sunday of each month.

Pre-booking before midday on the preceding Friday includes a £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry.
Speakers and details for 2013 and online booking now listed on our Spiritual Sundays and MBS Events section. Or call 0161 223 3211 to book with a debit card over the phone.

Remaining dates for 2014:   
December 7th atOne With Celebration, a workshop and mini-concert with Lucinda Drayton - see listing below for further details

First Sunday each month
10:30am - 5:00pm

Doors open 10:00am

Cost: Adults £20
Pre-booking includes £5 voucher for Friars Pantry

Meditation and Qigong

We are delighted to be working with Paul Blundell to offer these monthly activities to all of our visitors, on the first Sunday of every month.  Please click on More Info for dates and more details of the classes.

10:30  Meditation in the Great Nave
Love for the World Meditation: A time to come together in stillness, peace and serenity and attune our higher selves with unconditional love for the highest and best purpose of the world.

2:00 - 3:00pm   Qigong (Chi Kung) in the Private Chapel

These classes are available on the first Sunday of every month as part of our regular atOne Sunday programme, which also includes speakers, healers, yoga, meditation, Qigong and much more, for just £20 all day. Pre-booking before midday on the preceding Friday includes a £5 voucher for the Friars Pantry. See the atOne page above for booking information.

Please note, Yoga classes at 12noon have been suspended for the time being, as the teacher is currently unavailable.

First Sundays
each month
part of atOne Sunday
£20 all inclusive

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Everyone Can Play

GRUMPY (Greater Manchester Play Resources Unit) is running a series of play sessions for children aged 6 - 11 and their families, here at the Monastery on selected Sundays from 12 - 2pm, materials provided.

19th, 26th October
16th, 23rd, 30th November

11th January
8th February
8th March

Please click more info to find out more, or contact contact Ruth N, Project Co-ordinator, (0161) 737 1644, email:

12:00 - 2:00

Ages 6-11

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atOne Christmas Celebration

Lucinda Drayton Workshop and Mini Concert

With three course Christmas Lunch
Join Lucinda Drayton and the atOne team with friends and atOne regulars for a special Christmas celebration.

A truly magical day tuning into the Lucinda Drayton meditation for love, joy and healing, followed by lunch. Then an afternoon of music and celebration.

Click More Info for menu and to book online or call (0161) 223 3211 during normal office hours Monday to Friday to book your place at this popular seasonal event.

SUN 7 DEC 2014
10:00 - 4:30PM

£50 per person

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Christmas 2014 Tour, Talk & Lunch

Monday 8th December
Christmas in Manchester
With Ed Glinert

Tuesday 16th December
A Victorian Christmas
With Ed Glinert

Monday 22nd December
A Monastery Celebration
With Elaine Griffiths MBE

All talks must be prebooked, by telephone, specifying menu choices (0161) 223 3211 or email to request a call back.

Please click More Info for the menu.


Mon 8 Dec
Tues 16 Dec
Mon 22 Dec
11.30am – 2.30pm


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Gorton Philharmonic Christmas Concert With Carols

Conducted by Juan Ortuno Mora

A festive afternoon concert of music and carols, mulled wine, mince pies and festive refreshements will be available.

For tickets contact Gorton Philharmonic Society,
(0161) 483 1699,
117 Woodsmoor Lane, Davenport, Stockport, SK3 8TJ
or go to and click on the link to Ticket Source to purchase tickets online.

You can also buy tickets from the Monastery,using a debit card over the phone (0161) 223 3211 or buy in person from reception (9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri)

Tickets £15 (non-refundable)

Sun 14 Dec 2014
Great Nave
2:00pm - 4:30pm
(includes interval)

Doors open 1pm


GM Royal British Legion

Christmas Concert

Featuring the Military Wives Choir (Weeton) with the King's Division Band and the Wright Robinson College School Choir

Director of Music and Compere Captain J. Matthews. Mulled wine and mince pies to be served at the interval.

Tickets available from:
The Monastery 0161 223 3211
Sarah Gale, County Secretary, GM British Legion, British Legion pop-in centre, Cross Street, Manchester M2 4jw. 0333 011 4312
Karen Brown Ashton under Lyne British Legion Branchm 07935 312 349
Joe Larrigan, Belle Vue British Legion Branch, 07776 092 862

SUN 14 DEC 2014
6:00PM (FOR 6.30PM START) TIL 8.30PM

£12.50 per person

Russell Watson Concert

A Candlelight Christmas

An evening concert with Russell Watson and Choir - UK Cathedral Tour

“He sings like Pavarotti, and entertains the audience like Sinatra” – NY Times

The UK’s best-selling classical artist Russell Watson will be embarking on unique tour taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful Cathedrals for a very special candlelight Christmas concert with a choir. This tour sees Russell Watson visiting the length and breadth of the country in November and December.

On 15th December the tour comes to Manchester and the stunning backrop of the Great Nave in Gorton Monastery. Russell said: "This will be my first Christmas tour. I'm really excited to be performing in what will be a unique experience for me, just to piano in an intimate environment in the glorious surroundings of some of the most prestigious Cathedrals and Minsters in the UK."

Tickets  go on sale on Friday 05 September 2014 @ 10am / 0844 811 0051 /0844 826 2826

MON 15 DEC 2014

Tickets on sale from Friday 5 September

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The Christie Charity Christmas Carol Concert

Come and support The Christie charity at a fun-filled festive family night of Christmas music.

Leading UK tenor Martin Toal is will be accompanied by special guests who will perform a selction of songs with choirs and talented musicians from local schools.

This year there are two performances, 2pm Matinee and 7pm Evening.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening. There is complimentary parking available.

We hope that you can join us and support The Christie this Christmas.

For more information and to buy tickets phone 0161 446 3988 or visit


Wed 17 Dec 2014
2:00pm & 7:00pm

(Doors open at 1.30pm & 6pm)

MATINEE £8 adults/£5 child and concs
EVE £12 adults/£8 children and concs


Christmas Party Nights

Christmas 2014 at the Monastery

Thursday 11th December
Friday 12th December
Saturday 13th December
Saturday 20th December

Bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate Christmas in style, with a reception cocktail from 7pm, a delicious three course Christmas dinner, followed by dancing with a DJ and late bar. £49.50 per person.

Click More Info to see the menu for these spectacular seasonal celebrations.

To book call the sales team on (0161) 223 3211 or email:


THU 11 DEC 2014
FRI 12 DEC 2014
SAT 13 DEC 2014
SAT 20 DEC 2014

£49.50 per person. Please contact the sales team to book for your party

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Themed Party Nights

A Rock n Roll Christmas and a Motown Party

For something a little bit different, join one of our themed party nights, starting with reception cocktail at 7pm, dinner at 8pm with dancing til late.
Tuesday 16th December – a Rock n Roll Christmas
Thursday 18th December – Motown Christmas Party

£34.95 per person

Please click More Info to see the menu for these exciting alternatives to our traditional Christmas parties.

To book please call the sales team on (0161) 223 3211 or email:



TUE 16 DEC 2014
THU 18 DEC 2014

Please call the sales team to book

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The Christmas Story

Open to the public from 12 - 4pm.
2pm - A one hour family celebration of the Story of Christmas with Carol Singing and a real donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary.

Festive Refreshments available in the Friars Pantry Cafe
Free Entry – Everyone Welcome

Donations would be gratefully received in aid of the Angels Appeal so we can complete the restoration of the Monastery.

Sun 21 Dec 2014
12:00 - 4:00pm

2:00 - 3:00


New Years Eve 2014

Gourmet Gala Dinner

Take your seats amongst the Saints in the Great Nave for a mouth-watering five course dinner prepared by our talented chef, known for his fine dining expertise.

Live music will entertain until Midnight, when we welcome 2014 to the sounds of the piper who will march us through the Cloisters to the Archangel Gardens for a spectacular firework display.

This will be another truly Happy New Year at The Monastery.

There are only 200 places - book early to avoid disappointment.

To book please call 0161 223 3211 during normal office hours.

WED 31 DEC 2014
7pm, carriages 1am

£75 per person

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Angels Appeal

Please Be An Angel for The Monastery

It is 150 years since the Franciscans began building their Friary and Church here in Gorton, decorated inside and out with angels to protect the building and the people inside.
Our Angels Appeal will continue the restoration and protection of The Monastery, for the benefit of future generations.

Our charitable trust was formed in 1996, to save the then derelict buildings and give them a new purpose for the future.

Our Angels Appeal will help us to finish the project and includes the restoration and conservation of the Lady Altar, the High Altar and Reredos behind it, plus many of the stencils, tiles and paint schemes that are in danger of being lost forever.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, however much or little you can give, please make a donation and make a difference. Call 0161 223 3211 or contact Trust Co-ordinator Clare Mount at to find out more.

• We need to raise another £1million as matched funding so that the Heritage Lottery Fund will support us with another £2million grant to finish the Monastery.
• If 100,000 visitors to the Monastery give £10 we will raise the £1million we need.
• We only need 10,000 Angels generously donating £100 or we only need 100 Business Angel Sponsors giving £10,000.

Please Be An Angel and help us to finish the Monastery. Your generous donation will help us to finish the restoration and provide permanent educational, community and visitor facilities to replace the marquee so we can be open every day for everyone!

All profits from events held at the Monastery are used towards the upkeep of the buildings and to support our charitable projects in the local community.

For the ways that you can help with the restoration and protection of The Monastery, click More Info:

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