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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 Every Day between 11am- 4pm (except Saturdays) with free entry & free parking. Visitors are most welcome to call in between 11 and 4pm and visit the Heritage Corner but we cannot guarantee that the Great Nave will always be available.

Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when the Great Nave, Café & Shop are open between 11 and 4pm. Tours and talks can also be pre-booked on these open days. Please note, the Nave is closed on Monday 20th May and on Sunday 12th May due to ticketed events taking place (though there should be accompanied access to the Nave from around 1-2pm on Sunday 12th May during the event lunch break).

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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November 2018

The Glasshouse Bootleg Choir presents Armistice 100

The Glasshouse Bootleg Choir presents Armistice 100 ''your battle wounds are scars upon my heart...''. Please join us in commemorating all those who sacrifice their lives for us in time of confict. We will recall the events of the First World War through story, poetry and letters from home. With...

11th November 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
November 11 2018 2:30 PM—4:00 PM / FREE
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December 2018

The Christmas Story with Donkeys

Join us for our popular ‘Christmas Story’ event (also known as ‘Donkey Day’). ‘The Christmas Story’ event featuring carols and real live donkeys will take place from 2-3pm, but we will have festive activities available throughout the day from 11am-4pm. Don’t miss this chance to get into the real spirit...

16th December 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 16 2018 2:00 PM—4:00 PM / FREE
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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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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...

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
May 19 2019 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / FREE
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