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A Taste of Chinese Storytelling

at the Monastery

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.

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.

*Please note, on Monday 23rd September, the Welcome Wing Cafe will be closed but the Victorian Pantry will be open instead. The Monastery and Welcome Wing Café will be closed on Friday 20th September due to a private event.

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April 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Enjoy free storytelling and activities for all the family as part of the ‘Manchester Book Fair’ at The Monastery on Sunday 28th April.

As part of the day’s activities, visitors will be able to learn about a classic Chinese story called ‘Journey to the West’ (known as ‘Xiyou Ji’), telling a story of a Buddhist monk who travelled to the ‘Western Regions’ and returned after many trials, with his four apprentices the Monkey King, a pig, a lake God and a white horse!

You will be able to learn about this classic Chinese story from the Ming Dynasty through a short cartoon video with facilitators explaining the story in English. With lots of fun characters in the story, we couldn’t resist the chance to get our face painting kit out – be sure to get your face painted inspired by one of the characters from ‘Journey to the West’!

There will be lots of other family friendly activities on the day too, with a Children’s Book Quiz and Arts & Crafts too!

Family activities in the Welcome Wing are free but entry to the ‘Manchester Book Fair’ is £1 per adult and free for under-16s/Monastery Community Card holders.


April 28
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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April 28 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE

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