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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.

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

What's On & Events

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.

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). Please note, the Cafe will be closed on Fridays 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th. Afternoon Teas will still be served in the traditional settings of the Victorian Pantry.

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. Please note, the Nave will be closed on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July. There will also be no access to the Nave until 1pm on Tuesday 16th July.

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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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...

January 5 @ 11:00 am - December 29 @ 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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July 2019

Purls of Wisdom

Bring your knitting, crochet or craft project along and join like-minded people for an afternoon of craft and natter. Purls of Wisdom will take place every 4th Tuesday of the month from 1-3pm, and is free to attend. Whether you want to drop-in for a knit and a natter, for...

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 23 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM / Free
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Yoga for Everyone

Come and join us for a fun-filled family yoga class! Every Sunday from 12-1pm. All abilities, ages and beginners welcome. Stretch your body, relax your mind and leave feeling full of energy. For more information, please contact Sharon Calvert on 07719 747 535. £5 per adult or £10 for one...

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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July 28 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £5
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Sunday 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...

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
July 28 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £9.50
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Family Workshop, Craft in the Café: Summer Suncatchers

Join us in our new Café in the Welcome Wing session for a family friendly craft session. Treat yourself to something delicious from the Café and celebrate summertime by having a go at making a summer suncatcher (free, materials provided)! A suncatcher is a small reflective item hung indoors at...

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 29 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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Family Workshop, A Celebration of Summer: Printing Workshop

Come and enjoy the summer season and learn how artists use nature in their own art. Be inspired wallpapers from Gorton Monastery and natural items found in our cloister garden to make your own print designs. If you have a favourite leaf or flower, please bring it along! Please pre-book...

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 30 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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August 2019

Health & Wellbeing Days

Free healing, massage, meditation and walking the labyrinth. Other activities on these days include inspirational speakers, music, dance and healing workshops. Entry charge £5 per person. All Gorton Community Card Members and Under 16's are eligible for free entry.  This includes the option to participate in any of the free...

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
August 04 2019 11:00 AM—4:00 PM / £5
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Yoga for Everyone

Come and join us for a fun-filled family yoga class! Every Sunday from 12-1pm. All abilities, ages and beginners welcome. Stretch your body, relax your mind and leave feeling full of energy. For more information, please contact Sharon Calvert on 07719 747 535. £5 per adult or £10 for one...

August 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Monastery, Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF United Kingdom
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August 04 2019 12:00 PM—1:00 PM / £5
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Family Workshop, Craft in the Café: Stained Glass Jars

Join us in our new Café in the Welcome Wing session for a family friendly craft session. Treat yourself to something delicious from the Café and discover the history of stained glass from around the world! Be inspired by stained glass in The Monastery and make your own stained glass...

August 5 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 05 2019 1:00 AM—3:00 PM /
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Family Workshop, Decorate a Bird Feeding House Summer Workshop

Help decorate your garden for summertime and make birds feel right at home in nature. Join us at The Monastery as we decorate bird houses inspired by scenes of nature and our cloister gardens! Please pre-book this session by calling (0161) 223 3211 as spaces are limited. (Free, all materials...

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 06 2019 1:00 PM—3:00 PM /
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