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‘Gorton by the Sea’: a Free Family Fun Day at The Monastery

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*** Please note, the Monastery remains temporarily closed at the moment ***

What’s on at the Monastery? Alongside our regular open days, we also run an exciting programme of events, activities, talks, concerts and performances. Use the search bar below to discover what's on and what's coming soon at The Monastery. Please be sure to check our Plan Your Visit Page for up to date information on closures of the Great Nave, and/or Cafe areas.

The Monastery aims to be open Sunday to Friday between 10am-4pm with free entry and parking. Visitors are most welcome to call in during these hours and visit the site but we cannot guarantee that the Nave will always be available. Our Cafe has relocated to the Welcome Wing and is open from 10am-4pm (Sunday-Friday).* Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Film Room & Shop are open between 11am and 4pm. Tours and talks, and afternoon teas in our Victorian Pantry, can also be pre-booked on these days.

A regular programme of community, health, well-being and family activities is also available for everyone to enjoy. Our affordable Community Rooms can be pre-booked for use 7 days of the week between 9am and 5.30pm.

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21st July 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us on Sunday 2nd July as The Monastery brings a little bit of the ‘seaside’ to the city and invites you to get ready for the holiday season!

This FREE Family Fun Day will include:

*Music & Entertainers*  *Stalls* *Arts & Craft* *Face Painting* *Family Trails* *Games & Activities*

So dust off your shades and be inspired by our version of the ‘seaside’! Everyone is welcome!


  • 11.30am: Gorton Voice Community Choir ‘Seaside Themed Performance’
  • 12pm: Seaside Storytelling
  • 12pm: Yoga for Everyone (free this week as part of the event)
  • Afternoon Activity: Magic Tricks from David Gray
  • Seaside Themed Family Games – Beach Bingo/Hot (Beach Ball) Potato/Pass The (The Treasure Chest) Parcel 
  • 2pm: Monastery Puppet Show (Punch & Judy)
  • 2.30pm: Seaside Storytelling
  • 3pm: Family Singalong Session

All Day Activities (11am-4pm)

  • Ice Cream Van
  • Welcome Wing Café Open
  • Beach and Underwater Scenes with The Monastery 4D Pop-up
  • Miniature Golf with Outdoor Adventures
  • Seaside Family Trail
  • Face Painting with Kinga (small charge)
  • Environmental Activities with Outdoor Adventures
  • Sea Creatures Arts & Craft Table
  • Hook a Duck
  • Balloon Modelling
  • Pool Table and Darts Game
  • Outdoor and Indoor Games
  • Sand Boxes/Bubbles/Mini Ball Pool
  • Kite & Balloon Arts & Craft Table
  • One Manchester Stall and Smoothie Bike
  • Sure Start Stall
  • Youth Zone Stall
  • Underwater/Pirate/Zoo Cut-outs
  • Summer Memory Tree

The event will also be a good opportunity to find out about our Summer Fun Activities at The Monastery


21st July 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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