Where the medieval meets the modern
A unique and family-friendly festival at Chetham’s in Manchester – featuring live music, food, drink and medieval entertainment – will celebrate the 600th anniversary of Manchester’s oldest buildings.
Chetham’s stunning medieval buildings date back to 1421. It’s where the history of modern Manchester begins.
Now, a two-day festival on Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 September will celebrate the city’s history, and the incredible story of Chetham’s.
Visit the historic courtyard at Chetham’s for food and drink, storytelling, falconry and the chance to test yourself at some competitive medieval games.
Live period music from Manchester Baroque and Chetham’s Manchester Cathedral Choristers will set the mood!
Laugh and enjoy Horrible Histories performances in The Stoller Hall – the world-class chamber music venue at Chetham’s – revealing the gruesome side of history. Prepare to be disgusted by medieval antics!
Adults and families alike are invited to explore Chetham’s Library – the oldest public library in the English speaking world – with special guided tours of the historic site and collections.
Chetham’s medieval buildings were originally built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church, now Manchester Cathedral. Today they form part of the wider Chetham’s site in Manchester: home to Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest music school, The Stoller Hall, a world-class modern concert venue, and Chetham’s Library, the UK’s oldest public library.