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.

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



Body Awareness & Somatics

Due to popular demand, Susan Roberts is running a Body Awareness & Somatics Exercise Movement Class... 

SUN 29 MAY 2016



Russell Treasure

In this free session, Russ will be discussing and demonstrating how to connect rapidly with your Higher Self using Coby Zvicklers’ Empower Disc, which he has now been using as part of his healing practice on more than two hundred people...

SUN 29 MAY 2016



Belle Vue Roadshow

The Belle Vue Roadshow returns to Gorton Monastery!

Please join Manchester Histories Festival and Gorton Monastery for two days of family activities to celebrate the fascinating history of Belle Vue...

SUN 5 & MON 6 JUN 2016

11-5pm (Sun) & 11-4pm (Mon)


Aled Jones Cathedral Tour

Welsh singer Aled Jones MBE is set to wow audiences across the UK in 2016 as he embarks on a 22-date Cathedral tour...

SAT 18 JUN 2016

Doors open 6.30pm

various prices

Terry Oldfield and Soraya

Midsummers Day Mind Sanctuary Retreat
The mind is constantly finding ways to distract us from the gift of presence. We become so attached to our stories, we project our fears into the present and future causing much unhappiness and disharmony in our relationships...

SUN 19 JUN 2016


£39.95 inc lunch or £20 concert only

Yoga For Alzheimers

Everyone is invited to take part, from complete beginners to more experienced yoga practitioners.  People living with dementia are also invited to take part. Please click More Info for booking details.

TUE 21 JUN, 2016



St Georges Singers

A Sea Symphony
by Vaughan Williams

£17 full price, £15 concessions, £5 students & children

SUN 26 JUN 2016

7:30pm (doors open 7pm)

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

Summer Proms

Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra
In aid of St. Ann's Hospice. Highlights include Peter & The Wolf, Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, I Vow To Thee My Country, Fantasia on British Sea Songs ...

SUN 10 JUL 2016

2:30pm (doors open 1pm)


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

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

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