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*** Please note, the Monastery remains temporarily closed at the moment ***

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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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
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December 2018

At One with mother Nature

Nature, Gaia, Mother Earth is an integral partner with mankind and without her trees, plants, herbs and fauna we would struggle to prosper on this planet. Each month, Be at One with Nature will explore our relationship and integration with Mother Earth through both physically working in the Cloister garden...

9th December 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 09 2018 11:00 AM—1:00 PM / £5
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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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January 2019

Special Visitor & Heritage Open Days

This former Franciscan church and friary has been described as architect Edward Pugin’s masterpiece. It is a stunning example of the Gothic style he made popular in Victorian Britain. Derelict for many years, it was saved from ruin and is now open to the public to explore. Visitors can learn...

5th January 2019 @ 11:00 am - 29th December 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Special Heritage & Visitor Open Days are held all year round on every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / Free: Donations Welcome
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February 2019

World Sound Healing Day

Join sound healers John Hofton and Janet Farnell in the energy of love & compassion as we send a sonic valentine to Gaia, our Mother Earth along the powerful ley lines that run through the Monastery’s sacred site. A light vegan lunch is included in the ticket price. Please pre-book...

17th February 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
February 17 2019 10:30 AM—4:00 PM / £10
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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...

12th March 2019 @ 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...

17th March 2019 @ 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...

18th March 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 18 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / FREE
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Monastery Late

Take a step back in time and explore The Monastery lit-up at night and experience this breath-taking site in a completely different way. Explore The Monastery after hours and discover the fascinating story of the site led by one of our expert tour guides. Your evening will begin with a...

25th March 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
March 25 2019 6:00 PM—9:00 PM / £15
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June 2019

Local History Day – Cancelled

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unfortunate circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused at all.

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