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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.

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019. Afternoon Tea can be booked on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; groups of six or more can book Afternoon Tea Sunday-Friday.

The Monastery is closed on Sunday 10th March 2019. Please note, the Nave is occasionally closed due to a private or public/ticketed event. The Nave is also closed from 2pm on Sunday 31st March, and all day on Tuesday 23rd April, and Mondays 6th and 20th May.

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January 2019

Open Days

This former Franciscan church and friary has been described as architect Edward Pugin’s masterpiece. It is a stunning example of the Gothic style he made popular in Victorian Britain. Derelict for many years, it was saved from ruin and is now open to the public to explore. Visitors can learn...

January 5 @ 11:00 am - December 29 @ 4:00 pm
Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Open Days: Open on Sunday from December to March 10th 2019. Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from Monday March 11th 2019. 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / Free: Donations Welcome
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March 2019

Sunday Taste of The Monastery Tour & Lunch

Try a Taste of The Monastery for only £9.50pp, including a short walking tour of the former Church, Friary and Garden, plus a tasty lunch in the Victorian Pantry. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place, though you can just turn up on the day. Please pre-book if...

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
March 24 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £9.50
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Monastery Late

Take a step back in time and explore The Monastery lit-up at night and experience this breath-taking site in a completely different way. Explore The Monastery after hours and discover the fascinating story of the site led by one of our expert tour guides. Your evening will begin with a...

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 25 2019 6:00 PM—9:00 PM / £15
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Purls of Wisdom

Bring your knitting, crochet or craft project along and join like-minded people for an afternoon of craft and natter. Purls of Wisdom will take place every 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-3pm, and is free to attend. Whether you want to drop-in for a knit and a natter, for...

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
March 26 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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St George’s Singers, Bach: Mass in B Minor

St George’s Singers and Musical Director Neil Taylor are delighted to be performing Bach’s masterpiece again and thrilled that the line-up of five fine soloists includes former Assistant Musical Director Marcus Farnsworth who is now very much in demand at home and abroad as an operatic bass and recitalist. With...

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
March 31 2019 7:30 PM—9:30 PM / £7 - £16
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April 2019

Health & Wellbeing Days

Free healing, massage, meditation and walking the labyrinth. Other activities on these days include inspirational speakers, music, dance and healing workshops. Entry charge £5 per person. All Gorton Community Card Members and Under 16's are eligible for free entry.  This includes the option to participate in any of the free...

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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First Sunday Of Each Month 11am to 4 pm 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / £5
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Chatty Crafters: Applique Tote Bag

In this workshop we will embellish some flowers and a butterfly with beads and sequins then applique them to a tote bag. This lovely bag would be great as a craft bag or to pop in your handbag as a shopping bag. All materials are supplied. £3/£2 concession. Our Chatty Crafters...

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 09 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
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County Brides Wedding Fayre

Bring your partner, friends or family along and meet over 40 local wedding suppliers at the beautiful Monastery Manchester (Sunday 14th April, 11.30am-15.30pm). There'll be two live catwalk shows at 12:30pm and 14:30pm showcasing the latest wedding fashion trends and all brides will receive free goodie bags! • Free entry...

April 14 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
April 14 2019 11:30 AM—3:30 PM / FREE
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Find Your Self at The Monastery

Self Realisation Life’s Simplest and Greatest Gift An Open Programme for late 2018 and through 2019 We are delighted to announce that following the recent 6 month Self Realisation Programme and the Invitation to Silence event last September, Philip Wade is running this Open Programme that aligns with The Monastery...

April 14 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Learning Space,
April 14 2019 11:30 AM—4:00 PM / £30
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Great Days presents Music Hall at The Monastery – Date Sold Out

Please note, this event is sold-out, the following Greatdays Out event at The Monastery is being organised for 20th May 2019. Don't miss the unique opportunity to celebrate a traditional entertainment lunch at Manchester's Taj Mahal! The Monastery at Gorton, a building famously designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875), has...

April 23 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
April 23 2019 10:30 AM—3:00 PM / £89
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