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.

Come to Life

at The Monastery

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...

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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...

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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.

Upcoming events include:
- Health & Wellbeing Day, Sundays 7th April and 5th May, 11am-4pm (FREE for Monastery Community Card Holders and under-16s.
- Manchester Book Fair, Sunday 28th April, 11am-4pm (FREE for Monastery Community Card Holders and under-16s.
- Make It Artisan Market by Little Owl Events, Sunday 12th May, 11am-3pm (FREE entry)

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 events@themonastery.co.uk 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 emma.bryning@themonastery.co.uk for more details.

For more information about or to discuss our community, outreach and learning programme, please email emma.bryning@themonastery.co.uk

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?'

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