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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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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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August 2019

Family Workshop, Craft in the Cafe: Friendship Bracelets

Join us in our new Café in the Welcome Wing session for a family friendly craft session. Treat yourself to something delicious from the Café and learn how to create a friendship bracelet for someone special or to keep for yourself! Nothing says ‘forever’ like a friendship bracelet! (Free, all...

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 12 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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Chatty Crafters: An Introduction to Pebeo Paints

Come along to our new workshop where you can realise that watching paint dry can be fun! You will be provided with a coaster on which to practice your skills before moving on to a bracelet and 2/3 pendant blanks. These finished items can be easily transported home in a...

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 13 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £5
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Family Workshop – Make your own Photo Box!

Create a unique Photo Box that will make an ideal memory box for anyone – create a box inspired by your fun times over the summer or as a unique gift for a friend or family member! Please pre-book this session by calling (0161) 223 3211 as spaces are limited....

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 13 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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Family Games Day: Free Family Fun Day

Looking for a fun day-out this summer in Manchester? Then why not join us for our free ‘Family Games Day’ at The Monastery? Explore The Monastery with our family trails Try indoor and outdoor games and activities (weather permitting for outdoor activities) Be creative at our arts & craft tables...

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
August 18 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM /
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Family Workshop, Craft in the Cafe: Felt Flowers

Join us in our new Café in the Welcome Wing session for a family friendly craft session. Treat yourself to something delicious from the Café and learn how to create a Felt Flower for the summer!  (Free, all materials provided). Drop-in session between 1-3pm. This is a family session and...

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 19 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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Family Workshop – Decorate your own Flower Pot Workshop!

Make your own unique and personalised flower pot which you can then proudly use and display in your home or garden. Create something you will treasure for years and summers to come! Please pre-book this session by calling (0161) 223 3211 as spaces are limited. (Free, all materials provided). This...

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 20 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 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...

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 27 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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Family Workshop – Trash to Treasure: Recycling Workshop:

Create a unique upcycled or recycled piece of art to take home with you! Learn how to be more eco-friendly and how to reuse ordinary materials that you encounter regularly. Please pre-book this session by calling (0161) 223 3211 as spaces are limited. (Free, all materials provided). This is a...

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 27 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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September 2019

Gorton Monastery Make It Artisan Market by Little Owl Events

Gorton Monastery Make It Artisan Market by Little Owl Events Bringing together some of the best Crafters, Handmakers and Artists in the Greater Manchester, Saddleworth and Cheshire areas at our Make It Artisan Markets, all of which are held at top class venues. Little Owl Events' Make it Artisan Markets...

September 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
September 08 2019 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / FREE
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Chatty Crafters: Penny Rug Inspired Bookmark

In the 1800's penny rugs were made by thrifty homemakers using scraps of wool fabric or felt from used clothes and blankets. We will use old technique to make a bookmark. All materials are supplied. £3/£2 concession. Our Chatty Crafters sessions are ideal for beginners, an opportunity to learn how to make...

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 10 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £3
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