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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.

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). Please note, the Cafe will be closed on Fridays 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th. Afternoon Teas will still be served in the traditional settings of the Victorian Pantry.

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. Please note, the Nave will be closed on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July. There will also be no access to the Nave until 1pm on Tuesday 16th July.

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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March 2019

Remembering Belle Vue

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...

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 17 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
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Remembering Belle Vue

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...

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 18 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
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April 2019

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. Please note, this...

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 09 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £3
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A Taste of Chinese Storytelling

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...

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

Chatty Crafters: Handmade Textured Cards

In this workshop we will be creating textured cards by cleverly folding napkins and embellishing with flowers and beads. You can copy the sample or get creative as a choice of materials will be available. All materials are supplied. £3/£2 concession. Our Chatty Crafters sessions are ideal for beginners, an opportunity...

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 11 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £3
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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...

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 25 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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July 2019

Chatty Crafters: Decorative Wooden Heart

In this workshop we will use pretty paper and embellishments to make a plain wooden heart into a lovely ornament to keep or gift. £3 adults/£2 concessions, all materials included. Our Chatty Crafters sessions are ideal for beginners, an opportunity to learn how to make exciting crafts and gifts, and...

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 09 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £3
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‘A Century of Celebrations: Weddings at The Monastery’

Due to how much visitors enjoyed our A Century of Celebrations Exhibition on Sunday 15th, we have decided to extend the exhibition by one day to Monday 16th July, (11am-4pm). We are delighted to invite you to 'A Century of Celebrations: Weddings at The Monastery' Join us for this free event...

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
July 15 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM /
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‘Gorton by the Sea’: a Free Family Fun Day at The Monastery

Join us on Sunday 2nd July as The Monastery brings a little bit of the 'seaside' to the city and invites you to get ready for the holiday season! This FREE Family Fun Day will include: *Music & Entertainers*  *Stalls* *Arts & Craft* *Face Painting* *Family Trails* *Games & Activities*...

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
July 21 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM /
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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...

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 23 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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