Invitation

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

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Nancy now.

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.

For more information, click here.

Keep up to date with the amazing array of events we hold all year around.

Past Events › History and Heritage

at the Monastery

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.

Loading Events
Find Events

Events List Navigation

June 2018

Belle Vue Zoological Garden – The Showground of the World Exhibition

This FREE two day exhibition hosted by Gorton Monastery will tell the story of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens through a unique collection of memorabilia from private collectors. The exhibition will piece together the history of this bygone era plus bring to life the excitement of a day out at Belle...

8th June 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
June 08 2018 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
Find out more
July 2018

Heritage & History Talk – An Afternoon with Frank Rhodes

An afternoon hosted by Frank Rhodes, local historian, co-author of 14 local history books and winner of the Manchester Histories Festival - Pickstone Prize for history. Frank will share with you the stories behind the books and will also offer you a fascinating insight to the research and narrative in...

5th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 05 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
Find out more
August 2018

CANCELLED: Heritage & History Talk – A Visit to the National Circus Archive and ‘Circus! Show of Shows’ Exhibition

Please note: unfortunately, the trip to the NFCA and 'Circus! Show of Shows' exhibtion in Sheffield has been cancelled due to limited uptake. Please call (0161) 223 3211 or email emma.bryning@themonastery.co.uk if you would be interested in similiar trip in the future.  Join us for a visit to the National...

2nd August 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
August 02 2018 10:00 AM—2:00 PM / FREE
Find out more

Belle Vue Family Fun Day

Our Belle Vue Family Fun Day follows on from the successful two day event we held in March of this year celebrating the history of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens. Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, known as the 'Showground of the World', was only a short distance from the Monastery and both sites...

12th August 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
August 12 2018 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
Find out more
September 2018

Heritage & History Talk – Remembering Belle Vue Zoological Gardens

Home to a zoological garden, circus, fair, speedway, dancing, boxing, wrestling, fireworks, music and dancing for over 150 years, Belle Vue really was a ‘Showground of the World’. Come and listen to a fascinating talk on the history of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens from two local Belle Vue experts and...

3rd September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 03 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
Find out more
October 2018

Heritage & History Talk – The Industrial Revolution and the Textile Industry in the North West

For our October history talk Local Historian, Judith Wilshaw, will focus on The Industrial Revolution and the Textile Industry in the North West of England. The industrial Revolution and the Textile Industry in the North West Until the mid 18th century textiles were produced by hand in a domestic setting....

1st October 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
October 01 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
Find out more

The Real St Francis and His Legacy

On the night of 3rd & 4th October 1226, St Francis, knowing that he was close to the end of his life asked his companions to undress him and lay him on the “naked earth”. He wanted the end of his life to be a continuation of how he had...

4th October 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
October 04 2018 2:00 PM—3:00 PM /
Find out more
November 2018

Heritage & History Talk – Manchester Ship Canals and Docks

Our November History Talk will be presented by Local Historian, Judith Atkinson, and will focus on the history of the Manchester Ship Canals and Docks. This talk will present an easygoing look at the making, use, and decline of the inland port with a focus on Manchester. Heritage & History...

5th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
November 05 2018 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / £2 - £3
Find out more

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
Find out more
December 2018

Christmas Talk and Lunch: Saving Gorton Monastery

 Our 2018 Christmas Talk and Lunches are taking place on Monday 3rd, Monday 10th or Tuesday 18th December! Join us on Monday 10th December for a ‘Saving Gorton Monastery'! £29.95 per person, includes; Mulled wine on arrival Festive three course meal with tea, coffee and mini mince pies Talk by a...

10th December 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
December 10 2018 11:00 AM—3:00 PM / £29.95
Find out more
+ Export Events

Please keep checking this page as we are updating frequently with details of new events.

Scroll Up