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To discuss holding your wedding or any event at The Monastery, contact Nancy Bennett to arrange a personal welcome tour.

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Nancy now.

We would love you to visit us at The Monastery! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, and we know you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us.

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Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

What's On & Events

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. Discover what’s on and what’s coming soon to help you make the most of your visit. Use the search bar below or click the category button to help refine your search.

Autumn/Winter Opening Hours:
Open to the public Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (11am-4pm) throughout October and November.
Open on Sundays (11am-4pm) from December to February.
Victorian Pantry opening times differ and are Sunday to Friday (11am-4pm) throughout the year.
Special events take place at The Monastery outside of our Opening Hours - information on these events can be found by searching our event listing below.

The building is very occasionally partly or wholly closed because of scheduled events. Please visit our Plan Your Visit page or call us on 0161 223 3211 for information on upcoming closure dates.

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June 2017

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...

25th June 2017 @ 11:00 am - 31st December 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in October and November. Open on Sundays from December to February. 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / Free: Donations Welcome
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November 2018

Somatic Exercise Movement Workshop – Susan Roberts Body Therapy

Part 2 - Continuing to learn how to free up more of your body/postural issues Focusing on releasing muscles of trunk rotation, hiked hips/leaning to one side, side waist muscles, pelvis, hips and legs. Who is it for? - Anyone who has issues with posture, tight/painful muscles, restrictions in their...

November 25 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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November 25 2018 11:30 AM—4:00 PM / £30
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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 in our Victorian Pantry. Purls of Wisdom will take place every 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-3pm, from February onwards, and is free to attend. Whether you want to drop-in...

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 27 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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December 2018

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...

December 2 @ 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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Christmas Talk and Lunch: A Victorian Christmas

Our 2018 Christmas Talk and Lunches are taking place on Monday 3rd, Monday 10th or Tuesday 18th December! Join us on Monday 3rd December for a 'Victorian Christmas'! £29.95 per person, includes; Mulled wine on arrival Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies Talk by a member...

December 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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December 03 2018 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / £29.95
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Heritage & History Talk – Christmas at Belle Vue Zoological Gardens

Come and enjoy an afternoon of nostalgia looking back at Christmas at Belle Vue. We will take you back to the ‘music at Belle Vue’ and also look at the world famous Christmas Circus, planned and presented every year by the legendary George Lockhart. An afternoon not to be missed!...

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
December 03 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
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At One with mother Nature

Nature, Gaia, Mother Earth is an integral partner with mankind and without her trees, plants, herbs and fauna we would struggle to prosper on this planet. Each month, Be at One with Nature will explore our relationship and integration with Mother Earth through both physically working in the Cloister garden...

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 09 2018 11:00 AM—1:00 PM / £5
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Gorton Philhamonic Christmas Concert with Carols

The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester (UK), an amateur symphony orchestra, was formed by the Gorton Philharmonic Society in 1854, three years before Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. Programmed to be announced – to include seven carols for audience participation interspersed with light music. Juan Ortuño conductor John Resek leader Tickets available online

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 09 2018 2:00 PM—4:00 PM / £15
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Greater Manchester Royal British Legion Christmas Concert

Join the Royal British Legion at The Monastery for a Christmas celebration of music and local talent.  The event will feature Cadishead Public Band, Iona Fisher and the Wright Robinson College School Choir.   Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start and mulled wine and mince...

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
December 09 2018 7:00 PM—9:30 PM / £13
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Christmas Talk and Lunch: Saving Gorton Monastery

 Our 2018 Christmas Talk and Lunches are taking place on Monday 3rd, Monday 10th or Tuesday 18th December! Join us on Monday 10th December for a ‘Saving Gorton Monastery'! £29.95 per person, includes; Mulled wine on arrival Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies Talk by a...

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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December 10 2018 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / £29.95
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