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

SUN 18 SEPT - the Great Nave will only be open 12-3pm so we can prepare for a private event. The garden, cloisters and Friars Pantry will be open until 4pm, as usual.

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

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



Monastery Mondays

We are open to the public with FREE admission from 12-4pm, usually on the 3rd Monday of each month. Our next Monastery Monday is 22nd August.

Please click below for more details and dates.

3rd Monday each month

12:00 - 4:00pm

Free: Donations welcome

David Bowie Celebration

Please Note That This Event Is Postponed Until 2017 - Please stay tuned to our website for the rescheduled event. If you have any questions please call 0161 223 3211. We are sorry for any inconveniences caused.




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

£34.95 inc lunch

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


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

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


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.





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

Christmas Party Night

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. 

- Seasonal Arrival Drink
- 3 Course Christmas Dinner with Tea and Coffee
- Christmas Decorations and Novelties
- DJ and Disco until 01:00 am 

Please contact the sales team to find out more information - 0161 223 3211 | events@themonastery.co.uk

FRI 9 DEC 2016

7pm til 1am


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 NOW.

SUN 11 DEC 2016

7:00pm (doors open 6.30)


Christmas Talks and Lunches

Join us for a Traditional Christmas Lunch with a difference - a wonderful way to celebrate the season and as perfect a gift for friends and relatives...



TUE 13 & MON 19 DEC 2016


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

80s Party Night

It's time to unpack the shoulderpads and unleash the big hair for our 80s themed Christmas Party​! Bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate.
- Seasonal Arrival Drink
- 3 Course Christmas Dinner with Tea and Coffee
- Christmas Decorations & Novelties
- DJ and Disco until 01:00 am 

Please call 0161 223 3211 to book with the Sales Team or email: events@themonastery.co.uk and one of the team will contact you.

TUE 20 DEC 2016


New Years Eve Gala Dinner

Take your seats among the Saints in the Great Nave for a mouth watering gala dinner prepared by our talented chef, known for his fine dining expertise. Live music, DJ and dancing til midnight when we will welcome 2016 in to the sounds of the piper, who will march us through the Cloisters to the Archangel Gardens. This will be another truly Happy New Year at the Monastery.

7pm arrival for reception drink, dinner at 8pm, carriages at 1am.

Please call (0161) 223 3211 to book with the Sales Team now, or email: events@themonastery.co.uk and one of the team will contact you.

SAT 31 DEC 2015

7pm til 1am

£85 per person

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