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    Manchester Monastery is open for bookings and will be reopening to visitors on Monday 2nd August – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

    Remembering Belle Vue

    at the Monastery

    **The Monastery is open for bookings and will be reopening to visitors on Monday 2nd August –we can’t wait to welcome you back!**

    Things to do at Manchester Monastery

    With Monastery tours, orchestral performances, events outdoors and in, family activities and wellbeing events, and simply having somewhere to meet or unwind – there is something for everyone.

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    Manchester Monastery is open to the public on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week between 10am and 4pm.

    The Monastery is closed to visitors every Friday and Saturday when we host exclusive weddings, dinners and private events. These events help to provide an income to maintain and conserve our precious heritage site.

    The Great Nave is closed on the 1st Sunday of the month for a well-being event. This event is £10 to attend. See the MOMM event for further details. The rest of The Monastery is still open, but access to the Great Nave will be limited for those not attending the event.

    Occasionally, we must close the nave for special events. Please check availability before travelling.

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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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