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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. Please be sure to check our Plan Your Visit Page for up to date information on closures of the Great Nave, and/or Cafe areas.

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.

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August 2019

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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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...

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 24 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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October 2019

Chatty Crafters: Scotty Dog Keyrings

In this workshop we will make a cute Scottie dog key ring. Perfect as a gift or keep it for yourself. All materials are supplied. £3/£2 concession. Our Chatty Crafters sessions are ideal for beginners, an opportunity to learn how to make exciting crafts and gifts, and a chance to make...

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 08 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...

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 22 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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Halloween Crafts

Join us in the Welcome Wing Café for some spoooooky crafts just in time for Halloween! Choose from a Halloween mask, tealight lantern and other crafts designed for kids of any age! Please book in advance to secure your place by calling 0161 223 3211 or email megan.hunter@themonastery.co.uk. We are...

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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October 28 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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November 2019

Chatty Crafters – Christmas Puddings

In this workshop we will knit little Christmas puddings to cover Ferro Roche Chocolates. These little puddings could decorate your table or you could give as a treat. All materials supplied including chocolate ! Please bring knitting needles size 8 or 9 that's 3.5 or 4 mm. £3/£2 concession

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 12 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £3
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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...

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
November 17 2019 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / FREE
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