Whats On At The Monastery

We are open to the public most Sundays from 12:00 until 4:00pm unless a special event is taking place*. We are also open on Mondays, usually the 3rd Monday of every month. Refreshments are available in the Friars Pantry and there is free on-site parking.

We are not open on any Bank Holidays in 2016.

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

How To Find Us? Please go to the bottom of this listings page.

Family Yoga

All ages and abilities welcome - come along with the kids and try something different this summer. Mats provided. Wear something comfortable and expect to have fun.

Thursdays in summer holidays



Tango Argentino

A Tango Workshop and Tango Tea Dance in the Great Nave. Join Tango teacher Olga Dietrich from Argentina, who has taught in Buenos Aires, Nicaragua and Brussels...

SUN 24 JUL 2016

12:00 - 4:00pm


Open Days

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...

Most Sundays and some Mondays *see exceptions

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

Healthy Gorton - Healthy Life

Free Information & Support
Available during our regular Open Days 12-4pm, plus join our friendly group for a free 6 week course, based at the Monastery or at Gorton Library.

Scheduled Mondays & Tuesdays only


Monastery Mondays

We are open to the public with FREE admission from 12-4pm, usually on the 3rd Monday of each month. Our next Monday Open Day is 16th May.

Please click below for more details and dates.

3rd Monday each month

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome


Monastery Tour and Talk

During one of our regular Open Days, discover the secrets of Manchester's Taj Mahal in a presentation with words and images. Presented by Elaine Griffiths or Clare Mount.

Please click below for more information and dates.

Sundays & Mondays



The Taming of The Shrew

The Handlebards Theatre Company
A four-strong all-female troupe of cycling actors who carry with us all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the globe...

SUN 31 JUL 2016


£10/£8/children FREE

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...

First Sunday of each month

11:30 - 4:30

£20 admission

David Bowie Celebration

An exhibition of art inspired by the late great David Bowie, on Friday and Saturday 11am-4pm, with an evening of music and a tribute band on Friday...

FRI 26 & SAT 27 AUG 2016

11-4 & 7-9.30

Adult £10, child £5, family* £20

GMFRS Open Day

Gorton Community Fire Station Open Day

Join us at the Monastery for a fun and informative day for all the family...

SUN 28 AUG 2016

12:00 - 4:00pm

FREE Admission

Lucinda Drayton

Sing Like Nobody Is Listening
A day of expression at the Monastery with Lucinda Drayton, singer/ songwriter /counsellor MBACP.

SUN 4 SEP 2016

11:30 - 4:30pm


Journey with the Star Lions

Communication With the Sacred White Lions of Timbavati
Come and join us for a magical time, where we will communicate with these special star lions of South Africa.  Please see:  http://whitelions.org/uk/journey-with-the-star-lions-event for further information and to book online.

SUN 18 SEP 2016


£35 inc light lunch


The Manchester Messiah

Join us for the 'BIG SING'. 

Local Singers Come and Sing! Come and Listen!

Join us for a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the splendour of The Monastery. Join us for a BIG Sing! Click here to see last year's show.


SUN 27 NOV 2016

10:30 - 4.00

Tickets start at £12.00

Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Concert

With carols for audience participation

Conducted by Juan Ortuño, a festive afternoon concert of music and carols. Mulled wine, mince pies and festive refreshments will be available.


SUN 11 DEC 2016



Royal British Legion Concert

For the fourth year running the Royal British Legion invite you to welcome in the Christmas season with music from The Band of the Kings Division (brass band). 

Tickets are available from the Monastery soon.

SUN 11 DEC 2016

7:00pm (doors open 6.30)


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 

SUN 18 DEC 2016

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

How To Find Us

The Monastery Manchester Ltd, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF
Tel: 0161 223 3211
Email: events@themonastery.co.uk

Office opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 - 5.30pm, Free on-site parking