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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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    17th March 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


    Two days of talks, memorabilia, heritage stalls, music performances and activities for all the family on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th March 2019.

    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!

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

    Sunday 17th March, 11am-4pm

    • Belle Vue talks including:
      • ‘The Great Apes of Belle Vue’, by David Gray (11am-12pm)
      • ‘The History of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens’, by Frank Rhodes and Brian Selby (12-1pm)
      • ‘Belle Vue Circus’, by Alan Coates (1.30-2.30pm)
      • ‘Belle Vue from Start to Finish’, by Peter Heaton (2.30-3.30pm)
    • Performances from Gorton Philharmonic Clarinet Quartet, 11.30am and 1pm
    • Heritage Stalls including memorabilia and historical Belle Vue items (Belle Vue in 20 items), Gorton Heritage Trail, Gorton Way, the Speedway supporters club, leaflets and info packs from The National Fairground and Circus Archive
    • Exhibition of Clown paintings created by artist Pam Armstrong inspired by Belle Vue. Pam will be there from 11.00-4.00 pm and is happy to chat with you about her artwork.
    • Belle Vue exhibition and archival film footage
    • Belle Vue Heritage Bus
    • Meet our Sharing Your Story oral history team and listen to what they have been recording recently

    FREE Family Friendly Activities

    • The Curiosity Barrow and Potion Making from storytellers Yan Tan Tethera, starring Professor Jigget!
    • Join children’s author Jane Kerr to hear more about the true life stories behind her Belle Vue adventures: The Elephant Thief and The Great Animal Escapade. Ideal for children aged between 8-12.
    • Children’s storytelling on the Belle Vue Heritage Bus
    • Face painting and Victorian Dress Up (small cost for face painting)
    • Arts & Craft and Belle Vue Family Trails

    Information on Children’s author Jane Kerr

    Both books, The Elephant Thief and The Great Animal Escapade, star Maharajah the Magnificent, the elephant who walked 220 miles from Edinburgh to Manchester in 1872, and eventually made his home at Belle Vue. Learn more about the famous Victorian adventure, and get some writing tips from an author whose debut book was described as ‘a classic in the making’ by The Times. Jane will be speaking at 1pm in the Learning Space. Everyone is welcome, particularly children age between 8 and 12. Both books will be available to buy and Jane is happy to sign any copies.

    Information on Gorton Philharmonic Clarinet Quartet

    Gorton Philharmonic Clarinet Quartet, founded in 1854, is the oldest amateur orchestra in the North West, presenting concerts at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue for nearly a century. Concerts are currently presented at Gorton Monastery, the Royal Northern College of Music and Holy Innocents Church in Fallowfield.

    The four clarinet players from the orchestra will be providing two 30-minute selections of music at 11.30am and 1pm. Their membership of the orchestra ranges from 18 months to over 45 years, and two of the clarinet players used to work near Belle Vue at the Ferranti Computer Plant, later ICL and until recently Fujitsu.

    The music will consist of popular works from across the centuries and will feature different members of the clarinet family of instruments. In addition to the usual B flat instrument, there will be a Bass Clarinet, an Alto Clarinet and an E flat or piccolo Clarinet.


    17th March 2019
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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    March 17 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE

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