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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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May 2018

Half Term: Mosaic Art

A mosaic is a special form of art that uses small objects to create larger pictures. When these different coloured and sized pieces are carefully placed next to one another, they can create interesting geometric shapes or even pictures. The Ancient Greeks were the first to use this technique and...

27th May 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 27 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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Half Term: Victorian Play: Toys and Games

  Before televisions, computers, video games and phones, what did children do to play? Although a lot of children had to work during the Victorian times, they still found time to play. Victorian children had fewer toys than you have today, meaning that families often had to be very creative...

29th May 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 29 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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Half Term: Summer Suncatchers

Celebrate summertime being just around the corner and join us at the Monastery as we create some summer Suncatchers! A suncatcher is a small reflective item hung indoors at windows to ‘catch the light’. During the session children will be inspired by summer images and nature to create their very...

30th May 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 30 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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Half Term: A Victorian School Experience

History will be brought to life with our Victorian School Experience. Children will be transported back in time in this interactive session to learn how Victorian schools were run, with strict teachers, firm rules and great respect for Queen Victoria! Children will have the chance to learn about important Victorians...

31st May 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
May 31 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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June 2018

Half Term: Illuminated Letters Art

Before the age of printing, manuscripts were carefully produced by hand, often by monks in monasteries, and were treasured possessions. The letters on these manuscript pages were often illuminated, meaning that they were filled with light. An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. The...

1st June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 01 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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October 2018

Half Term: Victorian Shadow Fun

Popular in the Victorian era, silhouette drawing helped children to pass the time. Learn about this tradition and how to use light, shade and shadow to create your own silhouette drawing in this spooky Halloween special! Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old. £4 per child/£2 for Monastery Community Card...

16th October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 16 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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Half Term: A Celebration of Autumn

We all love to print! Come and enjoy the Autumn season and learn how designers and artists use nature in their own art and practice. We will be inspired by traditional patterns of William Morris and the decorative walls and heritage of Gorton Monastery to make our own prints and...

21st October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 21 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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Half Term: Through Painted Windows – Stained Glass Inspired Art

Learn about the history of stained glass across the world and make your own stained glass influenced artwork using our St. Francis window as inspiration! Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old. £4 per child/£2 for Monastery Community Card holders (parents and guardians go free). Limited spaces available, please book...

22nd October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 22 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 – £4
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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...

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