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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 events@themonastery.co.uk. 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.

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* 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.

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 events@themonastery.co.uk

All Elaine Griffiths talks must be pre-booked.

Various dates
GREAT NAVE
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


More Info 
 
 
GRUMPY

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.

2015
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: ruthn@grumpy.org.uk

www.grumpy.org.uk

SUNDAYS
12:00 - 2:00
FREE

Ages 6-11

More Info 
 
 
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 events@themonastery.co.uk 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

 £24.95

More Info 
 
 
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: events@themonastery.co.uk

 

THU 11 DEC 2014
FRI 12 DEC 2014
SAT 13 DEC 2014
SAT 20 DEC 2014
GREAT NAVE
7:00pm-late

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

More Info 
 
 
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: events@themonastery.co.uk

 

 

TUE 16 DEC 2014
THU 18 DEC 2014
7:00pm-late


£34.95
Please call the sales team to book

More Info 
 
 
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
THE CHRISTMAS STORY

FREE ADMISSION

 
 
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
GREAT NAVE

£75 per person

More Info 
 
 
The Manchester Gospel Festival

Singing in the City

Join us for the “BIG SING”
Come and Sing!!  Come and Listen!!

For Audience - Join us, along with amateur gospel choirs and individual singers from around the country and overseas for the Grand Finale of the Manchester Gospel Festival in the splendour of The Monastery, Gorton, on the afternoon of Sunday 15th February 2015. 

For Singers - the two-day Festival provides the opportunity to mix with Gospel Choirs and Singers from around the country and overseas as we meet at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, on the Saturday for a full-day Gospel workshop, before moving to The Monastery on the Sunday for a morning rehearsal before the performance in the afternoon.  Join us for a BIG Sing!!

Click More Info to find out more and for booking details.

SUN 15 FEB 2015
GREAT NAVE
Performance 2:30pm

Weekend singing ticket £40
Concert audience ticket £15

More Info 
 
 
The Manchester Choral Festival

Singing in the City

“The Creation” by Joseph Haydn
Join us for Manchester’s “BIG SING”
Come and Sing!!  Come and Listen!!

Join us, along with amateur choirs and individual singers from around the country and overseas for a performance of Haydn’s Creation in the splendour of The Monastery, Gorton, on Sunday 15th March 2015.  Join us for a BIG Sing!!

The choirs and individual singers meet on the Sunday morning at Manchester’s magnificent architectural masterpiece, The Monastery, recently reopened after a £6.5 million restoration, to prepare for the afternoon concert with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Juan Ortuno rehearses the singers with the orchestra, culminating in the afternoon concert in which all the participants come together to sing The Creation.  The superb acoustics at the Monastery along with the atmospheric location and singers from around the country and from overseas should make this a splendid event. 

Click More Info to find out more about singing and listening to this exciting performance.

SUN 15 MAR 2015
10:30 - 4:30PM
GREAT NAVE

£15 for singers and audience tickets

More Info 
 
 
BSSK News

BSSK will be using a new North West venue for its Mind Body Spirit Weekends in April and October 2015. This is because of the proposed restoration and development work that we hope to start here at the Monastery next year. We wish the team every success in Chester, and look forward to continuing our working relationship with them in the future.

For more information about the Chester venue and dates, visit the BSSK web site www.bssk.co.uk

APRIL and OCTOBER 2015

 
 
The Manchester Messiah

Singing in the City

Join us for the “BIG SING”
Come and Sing!!  Come and Listen!!


Join us, along with amateur choirs and individual singers from around the country and overseas for a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the splendour of The Monastery, Gorton, on Sunday 29th November 2015.  Join us for a BIG Sing!!

The choirs and individual singers meet on the Sunday morning at Manchester’s magnificent architectural masterpiece, The Monastery, recently reopened after a £6.5 million restoration, to prepare for the afternoon concert with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Juan Ortuno rehearses the singers with the orchestra, culminating in the afternoon concert in which all the participants come together to sing The Messiah.  The superb acoustics at the Monastery along with the atmospheric location and singers from around the country and from overseas should make this a splendid event. 

Click More Info for more details and how to book

SUN 29 NOV 2015
10:30 - 4:30PM
GREAT NAVE

£15 singers and audience tickets
Performance starts 2:30pm

More Info 
 
 
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 clare.mount@themonastery.co.uk 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:

More Info 
 
 

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