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:
28th Sept

* We are open but admission fee applies on:
6th Oct - BSSK (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

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

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.

Please note that the talk on Gorton and Gorton Monastery on 27th April will be presented by the Monastery's Chief Executive, Elaine Griffiths MBE.

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

Sun 20 Jul - Manchester at War and Peace
Sun 17 Aug - Anniversary of Peterloo
Sun 19 Oct - Gorton and Gorton Monastery
Sun 26 Oct - Manchester's Architectural Glories
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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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:   
August 3rd atOne With Abundance
September 7th atOne With Gratitude
November 2nd atOne With Ancient Wisdon
December 7th atOne With Celebration

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.

20th, 27th April
8th, 15th, 29th June
20th, 27th July
10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August
14th September
12th, 19th, 26th October
16th, 23rd, 30th November

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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The Wedding Fayre

The Monastery Manchester can provide the perfect setting for your wedding day. This magnificent venue is breathtakingly romantic, peaceful and visually stunning, guaranteeing that your special day is truly an occasion to remember.

A superb selection of the area's leading wedding specialists will be on hand to provide you with expert advice on all aspects of your Wedding Day.

Two stunning catwalk fashion shows at 12:00pm and 2:00pm featuring exquisite bridal gowns and menswear, plus a Marriage Ceremony Presentation by Manchester Registry Office at 1:00pm. or call 01925 661890


SUN 21 SEP 2014
11:00am - 3:00pm

Free Admission
Free car parking

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BSSK Mind, Body & Spirit October 2014 Event

"What a venue! Arguably the most spiritual place in the UK to hold a MBS event...The Monastery, Manchester!" BSSK Events

This will be our 11th show at The Monastery, and once again for the October 2014 show, we have stands fitted into every conceivable part of this wonderful building, to bring you a wide range of exhibitors to talk to and explore - some are newcomers to BSSK, drawn by the magic of the event, others BSSK regulars who do many of our shows during a year.

Next we have a huge choice of free lectures throughout the weekend and a wide variety of paid workshops lasting around 2 hours each. These include all manner of exciting things, from psychic development to angels! We use the Private Chapel and various conference rooms in the Monastery for these, some of which seat only small numbers. The two largest rooms are reserved for the free lectures to give the maximum number of free seats, but advanced booking is recommended for all lectures and workshops, even the free ones, to avoid disappointment.

The Monastery has free parking which will be stewarded and if that all fills up, there is ample on-road parking in the vicinity. If driving, although only five minutes by car from the city centre, the Monastery is between the outer and inner ring road, so it is not necessary to drive through the city centre, if like me, such a thing would be your worst nightmare!

If taking the train, on reaching Manchester Picadilly, take the local train to a station called Ashbury's. This is the closest to the Monastery. The station called Gorton is actually further to walk. There is also a bus stop right outside the Monastery, with buses every 20 minutes or so.

At previous shows, visitors came from all over the country, even from as far away as Somerset and Aberdeen, and found it certainly worth the trip. Why not book a B&B and have a whole weekend devoted to you - your Mind, Body and Spirit!

For more information visit the BSSK web site




Sat 5 OCT 2014
Sun 6 OCT 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm

Adults (over 15) : £5
Concessions : £4
2-Day Pass : £8
2-Day Concessions : £6
Under 15s : FREE

Free Parking

Francis The Holy Jester

One man performance by Mario Pirovano

Italian actor Mario has sold out venues all over the world with his energetic performance as St Francis, in a play written and directed by Dario Fo. He was a long-time collaborator with Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 and this play is a  unconventional and provocative portrait of St Francis of Assisi.

The Monastery in Gorton, the former Church of St Francis, is the natural home for this performance and welcomes Mario and his audience to experience this story against the backdrop of this breathtakingly beautiful building, built to honour the Saint and house his followers, the Franciscan Brothers.

Please click More Info to find out more and book online, or call (0161) 223 3211 to book over the phone, 9 - 5.30 Monday - Friday.

See to read what the author says about his play.

SUN 12 OCT 2014

Tickets £10 per adult
£5 for children (under 5s Free)

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Learn about Feng Shui

with Vanessa Edwards

Have you ever thought about the concept that your home is a mirror of your life?

We fill our homes with artwork, ornaments and items that we collect, and they often reflect who we are and where we’ve been, as opposed to who we want to be and where we truly want to go to! Begin to understand how your home is a mirror of your life and how your choice of artwork reflects your circumstances.

Understand how to use this pattern of energy to it’s fullest potential to benefit your future. Work with this concept to enable you to have a life review and re-style and jump start your life. Realise how to create a nurturing sanctuary within your home, and help support yourself as you move towards your dreams and goals. Learn how to bring your life into total balance and harmony and embrace a future of opportunity and unlimited potential. Embrace the gift of a new pair of eyes and
be in love with life!

For more information please click More Info.

To confirm your attendance please send your details - name, address, telephone number, email address and date of birth along with your payment of £50.00 to Vanessa Edwards, Farrendon, Southorpe, Nr Stamford, Lincs PE9 3BX Tel: 01780 749006 (cheques payable to Vanessa Edwards dated 19 October 2014).

SUN 19 OCT 2014
10:30 - 4:00

£50.00 per person please pre-book

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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, online, by telephone (0161) 223 3211 or email

Click More Info to book online

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

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 from the Monastery, book 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 - 4:00pm

Doors open 1pm


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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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
WED 18 DEC 2014

Please call the sales team to book

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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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