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

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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). 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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December 2018

Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Nave

Enjoy an extra-special festive afternoon tea on December 23rd as you dine in our stunning Great Nave! Get into the festive spirit and enjoy some delicious treats alongside family and friends on the Sunday before Christmas day! Our festive afternoon tea is served on traditional china with a glass of...

23rd December 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 23 2018 12:00 PM—4:00 PM / £19.95
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February 2019

Wizardry School: An Interactive Magical Experience

Manchester's magnificent Monastery is playing host to a mystical new school, opening on Saturday 23rd February 2019 and organised by the same team that put on the spectacular Draig-Con event at the Manchester Printworks in July and October at Victoria Warehouse. The Wizardry School will accept 250 students for a...

February 23 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
February 23 2019 9:30 AM—5:30 PM / £99
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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

Manchester Book Fair

Manchester Book Fair  The perfect event for book-lovers and bibliophiles! Join us at The Monastery on Sunday 28th April for our first ever Book Fair. The Fair will take place in the Nave and entry will only cost £1 but is FREE to Gorton Community Card holders and under-16s. Book...

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 28 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / £1
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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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May 2019

Our Kids Social Presents Happy Sundaze

Following on from their sell out September event Happy Sundaze is BACK for a fabulous afternoon of festival delights at The Monastery, Manchester. Say hello to Summer with laid back festival vibes and the best beats in the city bought to you by Our Kids Social resident DJ in the...

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
May 06 2019 2:00 PM—4:00 PM / from £7.25
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June 2019

Well-being Open Day with PDSA

Wellbeing Open Day with PDSA - Sunday June 9th, 11am – 3pm A day for the local community to find out more about the new PDSA Pet Wellbeing Centre that’s coming to Gorton. Meet experts and their animals from a range of human and animal wellbeing organisations and share the...

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 09 2019 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / FREE
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July 2019

‘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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