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

Call 0161 223 3211 or email Kate or Fran 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.

**The Monastery is open 10am-4pm, Sun-Thu each week, with free entry, parking, café, gift shop & healing garden. All welcome!**

Come to Life

at The Monastery

Halloween 2021 Spooky Fun Days

Calling all witches, zombies and ghosts! Come and join us this Halloween 2021, for some spooky fun & games for young children and families. Activities are free and will run from 11am-4pm over three days: Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st October, 2021. No need to book, just come...


Life at The Monastery is the name for all of our public events and activities at The Monastery for everyone to enjoy.

At The Monastery, we aim to run a varied programme of regular activities and events that engage people of all ages and backgrounds from our local and wider community. There is something for everyone and you are invited to enjoy Life at The Monastery with our programme of weekly, monthly and one-off public events.

We work with community groups, residents and local stakeholders to develop our community and public programme, and to create meaningful engagements with the site. Please join us and meet friends, old and new.

Community Events

Just as the franciscans provided a social focus for the Gorton community, The Monastery still aims to be at the heart of the local area with an extensive programme of community events. Please visit our Events Diary Page for up-to-date listings

Regular activities

Alongside our programme of annual and one-off events, we also have a number of regular activities for our local and wider community to get involved with, including:
- Gorton Voice Choir: community choir who rehearse every Wednesday from 4.30-6pm
- Chatty Crafters: a group of crafty individuals explore a new project each month, (2nd Tues, 1-3pm, £2/3)
- Purls of Wisdom: craft and chatter with like-minded friends (4th Tues, 1-3pm, FREE)
- Yoga for Everyone, a fun-filled family friendly yoga class (Sunday, 12-1pm, £5 and £10 for one adult & two children)

Community Room Rates

At The Monastery, we have community, therapy and workshop rooms for hire, offered at affordable rates for therapists, counsellors, community groups and organisations who are interested in delivering their outreach work in the calming surroundings of The Monastery.

If you are interested in booking a community room or would like to check your eligibility, please email for more information.

Monastery Community Card

Do you live in Gorton, or work with a community group based here?

If so, you are eligible for our Monastery Community Card which offers advance notice of events, unique privileges and discounts. Come in any day (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm or Sunday, 11am-4pm) with your contact details to join our growing group of friends in the neighbourhood.

School and Learning Visits

The Monastery is a place for all ages and stages, you can have fun and grow in knowledge and insight. Leave the classroom behind and enjoy a memorable learning experience, tailored to your needs, in the stunning environment of The Monastery. We have a wide-range of options available including guided tours and instructor-led activities, themed activity days and an immersive 4D educational experience. Please email for more details.

For more information about or to discuss our community, outreach and learning programme, please email

All private events held at The Monastery help us to help others, as all profit goes back into the building and investing in our outreach work.

If you are interested in supporting our outreach work and donating to our St Francis Appeal - to raise funds for a new community project to create sculpture workshops for traditional skills - please see our 'How Can I Help?' page.