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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.

Winter 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays (11am-4pm) from January 6th to March 3rd 2019. (Closed on March 10th). Afternoon Tea can be booked on Sundays and Afternoon Tea Mondays (no minimum numbers but pre-booking essential). Groups of 6 or more can book Afternoon Tea from Sunday-Friday.

Spring/Summer 2019 Open Days: Monastery and Victorian Pantry open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from Monday March 11th 2019. Please note, we cannot guarantee access to the general public on Tuesdays and some Sundays where we have public events taking place. The Nave is also closed on Mondays 6th and 20th May.

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February 2019

Taste of The Monastery Tour & Lunch

*****Our 12pm tour on Sunday 24th February is now fully booked, but we have opened a new slot at 1pm. If our 1pm slot becomes full, we will open a new slot at 2pm. Please book in advance if you would like to guarantee your place.***** Try a Taste of...

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
February 24 2019 1:00 PM—2:00 PM / £9.50
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March 2019

An Afternoon with The Monastery Trust’s co-founder and CEO, Elaine Griffiths MBE.

Join Elaine Griffiths MBE for an exclusive Monastery experience as she explores the many intriguing stories of Gorton Monastery and the people that have shaped the site's destiny. Available Tuesday 12th March and the 1st Tuesday of the month from April-November, with either Afternoon Tea or a two course hot...

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
March 12 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £24.95
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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 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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Taste of The Monastery Tour & Lunch

Try a Taste of The Monastery for only £9.50pp, including a short walking tour of the former Church, Friary and Garden, plus a tasty lunch in the Victorian Pantry. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place, though you can just turn up on the day. Please pre-book if...

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
March 24 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £9.50
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Monastery Late:
The Showground of The World

***************Early Bird Tickets Available for £12pp until Sunday 3rd March at midnight************* Explore The Monastery after hours and discover the history of this important site at night! Our first-ever Monastery Late on March 25th offers you the chance to explore The Monastery at night and discover the history of Belle...

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 25 2019 6:00 PM—9:00 PM / £12
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April 2019

Great Days presents Music Hall at The Monastery – Date Sold Out

Please note, this event is sold-out, the following Greatdays Out event at The Monastery is being organised for 20th May 2019. Don't miss the unique opportunity to celebrate a traditional entertainment lunch at Manchester's Taj Mahal! The Monastery at Gorton, a building famously designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875), has...

April 23 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
April 23 2019 10:30 AM—3:00 PM / £89
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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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Taste of The Monastery Tour & Lunch

Try a Taste of The Monastery for only £9.50pp, including a short walking tour of the former Church, Friary and Garden, plus a tasty lunch in the Victorian Pantry. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee your place, though you can just turn up on the day. Please pre-book if...

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
April 28 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £9.50
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June 2019

Local History Day

Local History Day Manchester: the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the Suffragette Movement; a powerhouse of social and political reform; the site of the Peterloo Massacre; and a melting pot of culture and history. Join us at The Monastery on Sunday June 16th for a local history day to...

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:40 pm
June 16 2019 10:00 AM—4:40 PM / £20
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