The Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival is back by popular demand, promising a medieval extravaganza that will transport visitors back in time to the enchanting era of knights, castles, and chivalry.
Organised in collaboration with the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, and Chetham’s Foundation, this unique family-friendly event is set to be the highlight of the year on September 23 and 24, 2023.
Manchester’s historic medieval quarter
Step into a world of history and magic as Manchester’s historic medieval quarter comes alive with a delightful array of events and activities.
From fascinating history tours to live period music, film screenings, workshops, and medieval entertainment, the festival has something in store for everyone.
Chetham’s School of Music
The medieval quarter, boasting Chetham’s School of Music, Chetham’s Library, and Manchester Cathedral, is a treasure trove of history dating back to 1421.
Originally housing the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church, these architectural marvels now serve as the perfect backdrop for a journey through time.
Intriguing guided tours of the medieval buildings, hosted by expert archaeologists, will unveil captivating stories of Manchester’s past, shedding light on the lives of its people and the city’s transformation over the centuries.
Manchester Cathedral will open its archives, revealing fascinating relics that paint a vivid picture of the city’s rich heritage.
Falconry in Manchester
Amidst the enchanting courtyard of Chetham’s, festival-goers can partake in dance workshops, indulge in craft activities, and marvel at the mesmerising art of falconry.
Music enthusiasts will be delighted by live performances from the talented students of Chetham’s School of Music, transporting them back to the melodies of the past.
Not to mention, music lovers of all ages can join in on ‘give it a go’ recorder lessons, where they’ll find out if they have what it takes to be the next medieval maestro.
Inside the breathtaking Baronial Hall of Chetham’s Library, an evening of musical wonder awaits.
Diving into the cultural diversity of music during the medieval period, performances will showcase the mesmerising sounds produced in non-western cultures of the time.
An exploration of medieval book-making in the same hall will leave attendees in awe of the artistry that once graced the pages of history.
The Stoller Hall
Prepare to be enchanted at The Stoller Hall, where the Manchester-premiere of Yiimimangaliso (The Mysteries) awaits.
This international touring sensation is a South African adaptation of the English Medieval Chester Mystery Plays, bringing Biblical stories to life through song, dance, and innovative staging.
Meanwhile, little ones can revel in the delightful performance of “Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants.”
Even footie fans have something to cheer about!
The National Football Museum
The National Football Museum is offering football-inspired print workshops that all ages can enjoy.
Discover the wonders of the printing press, an ingenious medieval innovation that accelerated the spread of knowledge.
For a truly immersive experience, stroll through Cathedral Gardens, where Historia Nomanis promises to transport visitors back to medieval England with their captivating re-enactment.
Expect knights, jesters, and fair maidens aplenty, as the past comes alive.
John Rylands Library
Not to be left behind, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate is also joining in on the action.
Displaying rare books and manuscripts from various medieval cultures, the library promises a peek into the literary world of yore.
The Manchester Medieval Quarter Festival will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on both days.
Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a music lover, or simply seeking a family-friendly adventure, this festival is the perfect destination.
Don your medieval attire and prepare for a weekend filled with laughter, discovery, and a joustingly good time!
For more information and to book your tickets to this extraordinary event, visit the official festival website.