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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

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...

18th August 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
August 18 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 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...

8th September 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
September 08 2019 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / FREE
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Our Kids Social Presents Happy Sundaze

Back at the iconic Manchester Monastery, Happy Sundaze is the ONLY way for your family to end the summer! OKS have such a jam-packed line up that we are sure there will be something for all ages to enjoy. There will be lots of different activities for the whole family...

29th September 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
September 29 2019 2:00 PM—4:00 PM / from £8.25
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October 2019

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...

28th October 2019 @ 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

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...

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

The Christmas Story at The Monastery

Come and Join us for a beautiful re-imagining of the Christmas story. Enjoy songs, stories and a warm sense of community in our Great Nave as we dream our way into Christmas and the festive season. This is a free event Includes: Free Christmas arts & crafts, face painting, Christmas...

15th December 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 15 2019 12:00 PM—4:00 PM /
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February 2020

Half Term Crafts Event

Join us for our popular family-friendly half term activity sessions, led by our volunteers and staff, offering a range of creative adventures for you and your little ones. Our theme for this session is Gliders and Wind Chimes. This session is offered free but donations to cover materials are welcome....

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
February 17 2020 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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March 2020

Remembering Belle Vue

Two days of talks, memorabilia, heritage stalls, music performances and activities for all the family on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th March 2020. 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 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 15 2020 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 15th and Monday 16th March 2020. 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 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 16 2020 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
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May 2020

CANCELLED: Manchester Book Fair

Manchester Book Fair The perfect event for book-lovers and bibliophiles! After the huge success of our first Book Fair at the Monastery in 2019, the Manchester Book Fair is back at The Monastery on Sunday 24th May! The Fair will take place in the Nave and entry will only cost...

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
May 24 2020 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / £1
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