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    Remembering Belle Vue

    at the Monastery

    *** 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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    March 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


    Two days of talks, memorabilia, heritage stalls, music performances and activities for all the family on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th March 2020.

    Join us at the Monastery to learn or reminisce about the wonders of Belle Vue, which was once one of the most successful and popular entertainment destinations in the UK. Whether you’re a Belle Vue enthusiast, want to share your fond memories or want to learn about the ‘Showground of the World’, this is the ideal event for you!

    Throughout the event we will be showcasing an exhibition of Belle Vue posters courtesy of Brian Selby, Belle Vue information banners from Manchester Histories and archival film footage.

    On Sunday, you will also have the opportunity to see an Exhibition of Clown Paintings from Pam Armstrong inspired by Belle Vue, and have an opportunity to meet and take to the artist herself!

    This event is FREE but there will be a small cost for facepainting.


    Itinerary for Sunday:

    Sunday itinerary:

    11.30: Performance from Gorton Voice Choir

    12.00: Talk from Brian Selby and Frank Rhodes, Belle Vue enthusiasts and local historians

    13.00: Gorton Philharmonic Clarinet Quartet Performance

    13.30: Talk from Norman Barrett, ringmaster and circus icon

    14.00: Gorton Philharmonic Clarinet Quartet

    14.00: Talk from Rev David Gray on the ‘Great Apes of Belle Vue’ – in the Learning Space.

    15.00: Talk from Brian Selby and Frank Rhodes, Belle Vue enthusiasts and local historians


    Family Activities:

    –          Traditional games, Victorian Dress-up and Family Games

    –          Family Trails including Belle Vue booklet and A-Z of Belle Vue Trail

    –          Face Painting (small charge)

    –          Potion making and Storytelling at the Curiosity Barrow from Professor Jigget of Yan Tan Tethera




    March 15
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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    March 15 2020 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE

    Please keep checking this page as we are updating frequently with details of new events.

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